Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Paperwhite Shop now Discover more Shop now
Customer Review

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so relevant anymore (for common-rail diesel at least - can't comment on Petrol), 27 Mar. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Ford Mondeo Petrol & Diesel (Oct 00 - Jul 03) Haynes Repair Manual: 2000 to 2003 (Haynes Service and Repair Manuals) (Hardcover)
This manual has some useful stuff like what to do and when for service intervals, but I'm going to go against the trend and only give it 3 stars. Why? Well modern cars have become so complicated than this manual either ignores many issues or it just says this is not a home mechanic job, yet some are.
One major area that they do not touch on is the engine fault codes. See your glow plug light flashing? Only have 25% power? Your car has gone into "limp home" mode and you have fault codes. There is a trick to read them on the dashboard, but it is too lengthy to go into here, so Google for it. And there is the rub - you can get so much more information off the Internet these day that the Haynes manuals are becoming redundant. Want to know how to do a simple job like change the cabin filter (if you heater seems not to work and your car mists up badly, then your cabin filter is probably clogged)? Then you can go on YouTube and find a detailed video made by some enthusiastic Polish guy rather than look at a few little black and white photos.
By now, if you have a Mk3 Mondeo, you likely have over 100k on it, and a lot of problems will be due to the common rail system and the associated control electronics, for which this manual is useless. However, with some persistence you can find lots of information on the Internet. And that is important - if you need four new injectors and you can do it yourself for £400 and get a Ford dealer to do the recoding, then you can probably get many more miles out of your car. However, if you are taking it to a diesel specialist or Ford dealer to do the whole lot, it could cost you two or three grand, and your car is therefore an economic write-off.
(Another reason that the Internet is better is you can find out about stuff you are not "officially" supposed to do, like blanking the EGR valve. If you EGR valve has failed, don't pay hundreds for a new one, just buy a blanking plate off eBay. Probably when the car was new, the EGR valve did help emissions, but once you have 100k+ on the thing, I reckon it runs better with the EGR blanked. Mine does bettter MPG, smokes less and still passes its emissions test with it blanked!)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details