hi mark i found a web site on the subject of duel mass flywheel (cant find it now) that was dscussing them. it seems most including ford that are made by the same companies that supply clutches to them. one person on there stated that toyota has the most failures of the flywheels. i beleaved he works for a firm tat specialises in clutch and brake repairs, and has worked om many different models. i had two mark3 mondeo tdci ghia and st and the build quality is if far superior than my auris t sport 1.6 vvti the whole car seems what i call flimsy compared the mondeos. even my wife 8 year old hyundai has better quality materals in the cabin than the auris, that plastic scratch if you look at it sideways and it sems the car is held together with plastic clips. i brought the auris to down size as i dont do more than 4000 a year now and wanted something with a timing chain and not a belt, as the mondeos. the auris drives very well, handles well ( but not up to the mondeo which are a bench mark in handling ) it has a nice gearbox but could do with a 6TH gear. its very smooth and quiet runningbut very short on toys against the fords.why do they put the cruise control behind the steering wheel?. the buttons for getting read outs for average speed/consumption etc are only reachable buy putting yor hand behind the steering wheel a bit dangerous. i had mk 1 & mk 11 cortinas, capri, and mk3 cortina, and i can only problems i had with any of them was a shock absorber leak on the cortina replaced under warranty. in 1986 i purchased a new vw turbo diesel jetta, a great car and the engine was indirect injection and seemed bomb proof, the only reason i sold it cos someone ran into the side of it in a car park.though the vw body shop made a great job repairing it, i never felt the same about it. traded it in for td golf, it had same engine as the jetta that also had a inter cooler. that car was a load of rubbish,both drive shaft oil seal failed,water pump leaked,alternator gave up the ghost roof lining fell down on my head,the drivers door was aterrible fit, to shut without slamming very hard buy adjusting the stiker plate left the door an eigth of an inch further out than the body. the vw body shop could not cure it as it was the bodywork that was the problem. anyway they gave me back all my money i paid for it including the road tax, so brought passat at a discount they had in the showroom it had same engine as the golf. kept that car for 15 years of trouble free motoring (140000 miles). then only sold it because the wife wanted a bigger caravan and as the engine was only 1600 cc i very reluctently let her go i had brought new as i did with the jetta and the golf. when i purchased the ghia i was amased how good the build quality was and every extras you could want (no satnav though but i have a tomtom 910 and satnav in car do not have the features this have. in the magazine DIESEL CAR the mondeo is a better buy than the series 3 BMW according to them. the tdci st was lot harsher ride with low profile tyres than either the ghia or auris. both the ford were purchased fom a low miliage specialist. as i am an old git i dont now why brought the st must have thought i was a born again boyracer but frightened the wife and had to go. one more thing before signing off,the radio in the auris is cheap an nasty compared to the SONY in the fords the auris has a lot going for it, but let down being built down to price. it has non of the problems with brake noises or rattles or anything that others seem to have except loads of scratches in the cabin and the boot that i did not notice when first looking it over . i found that the width of the car including mirrors ( dont electric fold like the ford )is wider than the mondeos. which is surprising. i had mk 1 & mk 11 cortinas, capri, and mk3 cortina, and i can only problems i had with any of them was a shock absorber leak on the cortina replaced under warranty. You had a capri and a Cortina mk 3 without any camshaft or oil problems ? !!!. The early pinto engines were horrendous for these problems.I well remember hearing these cars before i saw them, with the clacking camshaft going. I had 3 mk 3 cortina's, all ghia models,i also had 2 Capri's,a gl,and a 3000s all went this way. The mk4 i then had rusted away in no time. Only my mk5 was a car that was i was proud of, apart from the Ford locks, that could be opened at will with any other key !!. The only reason i bought them that at the time to me they were better than all the rest. Which says alot for the other cars that were about at the time.