Mon­deo saves the day

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL | -

A FORD has come to my res­cue across the ditch in New Zealand.

The Mon­deo Trend was hastily hired at sig­nif­i­cant cost af­ter both Jet­star New Zealand and Air New Zealand let me down.

First Jet­star can­celled my flight from Napier to Auck­land, due to “lim­ited avail­abil­ity”.

Bus trans­port was of­fered at 1pm the next day but it would not have made it in time for my 6.15pm de­par­ture to Cairns.

All other flights were can­celled as well.

That night I booked a more ex­pen­sive flight with Air New Zealand but that too was can­celled.

I re­ceived an SMS mes­sage as I was trav­el­ling to the air­port about 9.50am.

All other flights were booked out and I was of­fered an­other the fol­low­ing day or a bus that day. Too late. Air New Zealand also re­fused to pay for a rental car but did of­fer a re­fund.

As time was tick­ing by I booked the Mon­deo at a to­tal cost of $488.04 for one-way hire (in­clud­ing in­sur­ance) and $73.12 for fuel. I am hop­ing to claim that back.

I hit the road at 10.20am, mind­ful of speed lim­its, high­way pa­trols and speed cam­era units.

De­spite log­ging trucks, car­a­vans, pour­ing rain and road­works, I reached Auck­land Air­port with three hours to spare, with­out cre­at­ing any land speed records.

The Mon­deo was im­pres­sive. Com­fort­able, quiet (ex­cept for road noise over coarse bi­tu­men sur­faces), rel­a­tively eco­nom­i­cal (8.2L/100km over 400km) and a punchy 2.0-litre petrol tur­bocharged en­gine, which was su­perb for over­tak­ing.

The car, a five-door hatch­back, has been some­what of a sleeper in Ford’s range, mainly be­cause of the lack of mar­ket­ing.

They are pop­u­lar in New Zealand and I saw many ex­am­ples, mainly wag­ons, on the 400km jour­ney.

Fal­con own­ers look­ing to re­place their beloved Aussie six in the near fu­ture should take one for a test drive.


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