Mondeos here for the last 8 years, until December when I collected an A4 Cabriolet.
The Audi may have it on looks.
But its terribly fragile AND expensive to fix.
The only reason I tolerate the Audi after owning Fords, is the Roof.
Theres nothing else the Audi does better than the Fords I've owned.
IME, my Mondeos have been more economical, more reliable and more robust.
Last Ford was a 53 Mondeo I picked up for 6K, one onwer from new.
I didn't maintain the service history, and I am capable of changing the engine oil, which I did every 5K.
I drove that car from 72K to 241K and it was still going great when I sold it for 600 quid with a full years MOT.
All previous MOTs cost me only the fee for the test.
The last MOT on the 8 year old car and 239K on it was 100 quid.
The new owner text me a week later thanking me for the car !, he was well chuffed.
In my opinion, the old suburban folk lore of VWs being super robust and just allround fabulous, is now a myth.
I've heard it said that JD power (independant surveyors) have data showing Fords to be more reliable than VWs.
I wouldn't hesitate in having another Mondeo, 2.0 TDCi, preferrably Zetec spec as they come with air and Cruise.
I know you're always going to get Friday afternoon cars, regardless of the badge on the front, but I've had successive Mondeos and all were great.