Ok while this isn't big money for some, its huge for me as im still in uni for another 3 years or so and I only work full-time during the holidays.
I have narrowed my next car down to two. Either a 2000 Mondeo ST24 or a brand spanking new Fiesta LX with a few extras.
Now this is where my issues start. I would love to own a brand new car and I cant help thinking that the fiesta is a smart choice. It is amazingly fuel efficient (6.6/100) and to me, looks pretty sharp. I will be looking at getting either a full bodykit or the 16' wheels and definatly air-con ($2000 HOLY HELL!). I would love to get both the wheels and kit but the bank isn't going to stretch that far. It has 74 tarmac searing Kws but only weighs about 1035kgs. I think torque is in the 125Nm region.
I test drove a fiesta the other day and it is pretty gutsy to be honest, handles really well (went allll the way around round-a-bouts, hehe). Although the engine sounded a bit rough, it could have been that the demo had been thrashed a bit im not sure (i did redline it a couple of times to see how it went if you know what I mean).
But then my heart (and the little rev head in me) wants a nice unique car. Ive always liked the ST24's as you dont see many and from everything Ive heard/read they are awesome. Fuel economy is really good (8.8 hwy, 10.0 city). Power is good at 125kws and torque isn't to shabby at 220Nm from a 2.5 V6. They look good and have heaps of nice gadgets in them. When new they were going for around $35k, now they are about $15k-22k. They are not slugs either, easily accounting for commy and falcon 6's.
Please dont say get a falcon as I have done that. And yes I know both are FWD. The next Falcon I buy will be brand new!
Long post I know. Sorry. So what would you do? I like both cars alot.
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Almost identical engine from the Mondeo ST sits in the Tx5/626 - same specs, just built in japan rather than europe.
You could pick up a fully optioned 95 model for about $10,000, least it would keep some kitty in the bin for later.
New car will depreciate to the buggery mate, at our age, Id only be concerned with second hand. I know the fiesta would be a good choice, but will you really be happy with it ? I had a rev head/wheat friend who went cafe late and bought a barina city, it was a good car, it got around, but it just wasnt him. He sold it a year later for a turbo diesel Hilux Surf. Go figure.
Fiesta got good reviews in article I read on weekend, beaten only by new Mazda 3. I hate buying new cars as they de-value SO fast. mondeo was a very good car made in Germany, if thats any Good?.......If you can wait 6 months and buy a demo or stick with something 2-3 years old. Nothing like the smell of a new car though! Have you looked at the deals for the ol' laser run out ?
Mondeo's look sweet IMO, so I would go one of those.
It's a 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a packet of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it.
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well I own the said tx5 , manual, v6 blah blah blah.....
Mondeo will cost a fortune for parts, the 2.0L were pretty awful, the 2.5L was a short run in Australia, I think it was out for less than a year if memory serves me correctly, you might have trouble finding the one you want; hence also, you might have trouble finding non-OEM parts for the engine, Im not sure of the compatability between the mondeo and the 626/tx5, Probably find they changed it just enough to be completely different.
I wouldnt worry about limiting yourself to fords, there are plenty of good fwd cars ou there, even if its not a ford, worry about the blue blood later in life (Im going to be disowned for saying that)
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