Sorry mate, wasn't meaning exotic type cars, just your general run of the mill stuff, and obviously this is just my opinion but I don't think diesels are "fast".
I completely take in board your points though and I agree with everything you have said.
Factually there isn't a thing you said I can argue with.
So I've done almost 5000 miles and the car is just getting better and better.
I've noticed that first thing in a morning when the engine is cold, it's very sluggish, but after a minute or two it's fine.
The car so comfortable and quiet I love driving it, it's far quieter on the road than my Audi was, I imagine the smaller wheels play a part in that.
The car is so full of features it's fantastic value for money.
The only thing that disappoints me is the convers+ system, it doesn't give a visual display of the parking aids, it doesn't display half the information of other models.
All in all I love the car and fully recommend it to anyone considering a mondeo with plenty of toys.
Usually with stuff like this it's the simple stuff, oil level, speed sensor that sort of thing.
I am by no means a mechanic and certainly no ford expert but I've working in engineering for the last 14 years so have picked up a few things along the way
My personal preference would advise against the mk3, I think the mk4 is an all round better option. Not only does it look better and newer, but the level of quality is a vast improvement over the mk3.
The Zetec model you have in that link looks to be a decent example. Personally I don't like the wheels but that's just me.
If it was my money I would go for the mk4 Zetec all the way