Product Type: Ford cars
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Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.4ltr Petrol
Ford Fiesta (1999 onwards) in general
Member Name: beauty88
Ford Fiesta (1999 onwards) in general
Advantages: Looks great, comfortable, useful features, easy to drive, feels safe, excellent dealings with Ford
Disadvantages: No spare wheel as standard, struggles slightly on motorway, struggles slightly with 3+ people
I do approx 7000 miles a year and this mainly consists of my journey to work every day which is 10 miles city driving yet takes roughly 1 hour, therefore my average speed on this journey is 10mph !! However I also do occasional leisure drives around the country to visit family and friends.
Obviously because the new model had only just been released I knew I would have to buy it brand new as there were no used ones on the market yet. So I went to the Ford dealership in Bolton to view the car and discuss prices. I felt the dealings I had with Ford were somewhat unprofessional which was probably due to the fact that I was only 21 at the time with little car buying experience and the salesman looked to be a similar age and inexperienced himself.
The sale consisted of 3 separate visits to the showroom, the first included a test drive which went well and we maintained that to get the best value for what I wanted it would be best to go with the top of the range 'Titanium' model which at list price would be £15,000. The next 2 visits consisted of me trying to get the price down which worked and I eventually agreed to a price of £13,000. I was happy with the £2000 discount I received particularly because this was a new release car.
The factory build and delivery of the car took roughly 2 months which I think is very respectable (especially when compared with other manufacturers such as Audi who estimate a 9 month wait!!) The car arrived as described and I was shown around it in detail and drove away happy.
**My Car Spec**
To summarise exactly which car I got it was the Fiesta Titanium 1.4 litre Petrol 3 door with the following add ons: full body kit and tinted rear windows. The colour I chose was Avalon which is a pale metallic blue with a greyish quality to it.
This was the main thing that made me want this car. At the time of my purchase the exterior style was very unique and looked much more modern than other cars on the road. The shape of the car gives what used to be a boring looking hatchback a sporty feel and also a very modern feel. It was clear that a lot of thought had been put into the new style Fiesta and the new shape made it stand out from the crowd.
Adding on the full bodykit was something I didn't regret, I was concerned it might look a bit 'boy racer-ish' yet it didn't at all, the bodykit and spoiler are actually quite subtle and don't look garish but instead add to the sporty look of the car. It cost £575 to add the bodykit which was done as part of the factory build. I was also happy with the tinted windows which again added to the overall look making the car look more streamlined and sporty. Because I chose the Titanium I got the metallic window trim (as opposed to black) which also looked great and made the car look more expensive. I decided to stay with the multi-spoke alloy wheels which come as standard with the Titanium and they looked great although the multiple spokes proved difficult when washing.
I was really happy with the colour too. The colour Avalon is quite unusual and has an almost 2 tone effect to it. Sometimes it would look more blue but other times more grey, depending on the light. I liked this about it and it kept me interested. I think this car looks great in most colours but my personal favourites are white, black & Avalon.
**Interior & Features**
I had to sit in the car for 2 hours per day in mainly standstill traffic and never felt uncomfortable. The seats are great quality and seemed to fit someone of my size (5ft4) perfectly. The seats are easy to adjust and although I'm quite short I could easily reach the pedals and didn't need my seat on the closest setting to do so. This is a small car so isnt incredibly spacious but it never felt cramped either. However I think the car would be too small for anyone above 6ft. I rarely have passengers in the back but if I did everyone always managed to get in and fit in. The back seats are however quite small and it was a bit of a struggle getting 3 people in the back or anyone quite tall or large. The interior size of the car is perfect if you mainly have 1-2 people in it, and occasionally more. However if you regularly expect to have 3+ passengers in the car it may get annoying!
The boot is a reasonable size for a small car and I could easily get our £80 weekly shop in there without any trouble. In terms of inner storage there is a standard size glove compartment which would fit the manual, log book and quite a few other useful bits&pieces. There are side door compartments on both doors, I used mine for CDS. There is no armrest as standard, however this could be added for an additional cost. Just below the radio there is a little compartment for storing your phone and money etc. And where the armrest would normally be there are 2 open cup holders, which I used for girly things like handcream, lipbalm etc!
The radio consists of 6 pre-sets and one CD space. The sound quality can be adjusted and moved around the car. I enjoy listening to music in the car and found the sound quality and radio efficiency in the Fiesta was perfect. The radio volume and CD tracks can be controlled from the steering wheel which was a great feature and made changing tracks etc much safer. The radio is extremely user friendly, even if you are not a technology person The first time the clocks changed while I had the car I managed to change the time setting on the clock within a few seconds whilst driving the car. I was so impressed with this as most other cars require a read-through of the manual before being able to do even simple things like this.
Because I ordered the Titanium I got almost all the interior features available to the Fiesta. The car had auto windscreen wipers which meant there is a rain sensor near the rearview mirror and if you set the wipers to auto they will decide when to start and what speed to move at. This idea is nice in theory but I found the sensor wasn't reactive enough and would only make the wipers come on when the windscreen was drenched and I could hardly see! They also tended to come on the intermittent setting even if the rain was heavy. Therefore I rarely used this feature and tended to work the wipers manually.
I also had the auto lights which work in a similar way where you put them on the auto setting and they decide when to come on and how bright. This was actually quite useful and I was nearly always in auto setting, particularly in the winter months when its nearly always dark. However I think auto lights are a bit dangerous as they can't detect all situations, for example when it is raining heavily or snowing but bright they don't think they need to be on, so you have to do it manually. And they also don't detect fog. It probably explains why so many people drive round in fog with their lights off, because they are in auto setting and think its all taken care of! The car included the Ford patented Quick Clear Windscreen which is found on all new Fords. It basically means there are tiny elements covering every square cm of the windscreen (the lines can be seen very faintly but aren't distracting) and they heat very quickly, so if you're windscreen is frozen or misted over it clears 5 times as fast as any other car. This feature was wonderful and worked amazingly well. It is something I already miss loads having moved onto another car.
Other features included were cruise control which was powered from the steering wheel. I rarely drive at a steady speed and do little motorway driving so had no need for this. However I did try it out once on the motorway as an experiment and found it worked well. The car also came with folding mirrors which may sound trivial but were one of my favourite features on the car. I had my Punto wingmirrors knocked off on more than one occasion but fortunately they were cheap black plastic ones, however I'm well aware of how much painted electronic wingmirrors are worth so found it really reassuring that they automatically tucked in whenever I locked my car. I know all mirrors manually fold in but it saves you thinking about it and remembering. This model now also comes with bluetooth as standard however this wasn't included when I bought it and is something I always wished I had added on. Other add ons that I didn't opt for include: leather seats, heated seats and parking sensors/rear camera.
The only thing the car didn't include, which I found very disappointing, was a spare wheel. There is a space for a wheel underneath the boot but it is empty and instead you are given a wheel repair kit. The repair kit is a glue type gel that you can use to temporarily repair a hole in the tyre, however you would still need a new one and ultimately by using the glue you are iradicating any chance of a tyre repair as once you have used it you must completely replace the tyre. I did get a flat tyre once after driving over a bad pot hole and found that the damage to the tyre was too severe to consider using the repair kit. Therefore I had to call out the AA to tow my car to Ford. If I had just had a spare tyre in the car this could have been prevented. You can, however, purchase a spare tyre from Ford for £95 when ordering your new car.
**Performance & Reliability**
I had driven 2 cars prior to this and found it by far the best drive. It handled the roads well and was easy to adapt to. My current car (Audi A3) has taken me months to adapt to, however the Fiesta was so easy to get used to. The car sticks well to the road and turning and breaking were fine. I always felt safe in the car and could trust it to handle road conditions well.
I suppose the only downside was that it wasn't quite fast enough, however this was no fault of the car. It was only a 1.4ltr petrol which was more than enough power to move a car of its size yet it struggled in certain situations. The main situations I found it struggled slightly were when driving on the motorway, it held its speed well at 70mph but getting there required effort and often lower gears than you would imagine. And overtaking at speeds over 70mph also required a bit more effort than I would have liked and gear dropping. I also noticed if I had 2 people in the back the car struggled more. As I said this isnt a critique of the car as a 1.4 normal petrol engine can only do so much. But I would say in terms of the engine and power behind it, this car is definitely more suited to town and city drivers than motorway drivers, and also is better suited to carrying 1-3 people, but no more than this.
The car saw me through 2 particularly bad winters. We live in a countryside area on a hill so get the snow quite badly, and things aren't helped by the steep lane we live down. The car is front wheel drive and of course didn't glide over the snow quite like a 4x4 yet handled it surprisingly well. Of course there were times where it didn't stand a chance as the snow was deeper than its wheels, but when comparing it to friends and families cars in the snow it actually did better than most. It is also quite a light car so proves fairly easy to push out of snowy situations!!
I only had the car for 3 years so it was always quite new therefore I wouldn't have expected any breakdowns etc, so I can confirm that I never had any issues with the car that weren't inflicted by myself (such as driving into a wall!) I had a 3 year warranty on the car and never once had to use it.
I never paid too much attention to the fuel efficiency however it was usually at roughly 35mpg which isnt too bad considering I was mainly driving in the town at a slow and often unpredictable speed. However I am aware that 3 years down the line cars have improved a great deal and 35mpg is actually quite poor by today's standards. I know Ford have developed better engines in their new cars and are now offering a range of eco friendly options for the Fiesta with much better mpg expectancies.
I was initially shocked at the list price of £15,000 for a small hatchback car. And to be honest I still think that price is steep and am glad I got a discount. After 3 years with 25,000 miles on the clock my car was valued at £7,000 during a trade-in. I researched this on the internet and found that selling privately the best estimated price for my car was £8000. Therefore it did lose a lot of value, but I suppose that's something you accept when buying a brand new car.
**Experience with Ford**
I returned to the dealership a few times while I had the Ford. I had 3 services, an MOT, a tyre replacement and body work repairs. I found the service department easy to deal with very helpful and efficient. All work was done to a good standard and the prices came across as honest and reasonable considering I was doing it direct with Ford. I was never tempted to deviate towards private garages as the service and prices at Ford were competitive. I have now moved on to an Audi however will quite miss my dealings with the staff at Ford in Bolton who were always very friendly and professional.
This is a very reliable little car which I think is suited best to women or smaller men (no offence intended!!) who do the majority of their driving in the town/city and don't carry many people/weight in the car. It is described by Ford as a 'city car' and this is exactly what it is. The car is built well and all features are to a high quality. It did lose its value quite dramatically but I don't regret the money I spent on this car and would highly recommend it.