I must start by saying how much I love my fiesta! I have a '97 5 door encore that I bought 3 years back for £950. Absolutely fantastic little runabout, got me up and running on the road. Fairly cheap to tax, and fairly cheap to insure (although that depends on your gender and area too!). The engine just seems to keep on going. After 15 years there is still plenty of pull left in the thing, and it can cope with my weekly motorway trips with no problem, and has no trouble overtaking at high speeds! The fuel consumption is pretty good too, especially for a car of its age. I can fill up the tank (1.3l) for around £40 from empty, and it lasts quite a while for me. The car is actually quite spacious inside, and I can even fit my whole drum kit in there (bagged up of course) for when I need to transport it to shows. The only problem I have found is that rust keeps cropping up on the underside of the car, and I have needed to have some welding done, but other than that the car is great for the age and price! Good, fairly healthy little runner!
I love my fiesta! This is my first car and I bought it for £520. 107000 miles on the clock but still going very strong! I've not had a mechanical fault yet and I doubt I'll have one soon. The car is very spacious considering mine is only a 3 door and it is considered as a small car. The fuel consumption isn't too bad although could be a little better. Fiesta's don't have very small engines like smaller cars such as corsa's and therefore you have to put up with using a little extra fuel. The spare wheel is located underneath the car which can be a little tricky to get out but is possible. Lock on drivers door keeps seizing up but this can be remedied with regular WD-40. A friend has also had problems with lock and it is a common problem on older fords such as fiestas and escorts. I would buy another car the same as this if i so needed to as I really like it. Also not too expensive on insurance. If you're considering buying one, then do it!
I have owned a Ford Fiesta 1.3 encore now for over three years and it has been good to me. It is a 1998 R Reg. When i got it on my 17th birthday it coacy just under £2000 and it had just under 30000 miles on the clock. Now it has just under 70000 so I have put on a fair few miles and it has never broken down. It is so reliable and i often complete long journeys with no problems.
For a small car it is reasonable spacious and has pleantly of room in the boot for several sets of golf clubs. Its very comfortable for driver and passinger.
Its not the best looking car in the world, but it is deffinatley not ugly.
If you are looking for a small car that is cheap and will be very very reliable this would be my reccomendation. It is a perfect first car for a recently pased driver.
I've been driving my little Encore now for a few months and I have to say I like it. I do drive up in the city (thats London to you lot) most of the time, so having a small and nipey car is a must. If I was in some big fuel guzzling car driving around where I live, I wouldn't even fit in half the roads I drive down, let alone park in one. The car itself is basic. When the insurance company asked if it had any extras I just laughed. it has nothing. No power stearing (big shame), no sunroof, no electirc windows, no radio that works (that was my fault though), no nothing (oops to negatives and all). However I knew this when I bought it. I knew it had nothing and I didn't want to pay for lots of stuff I wouldn't use too much. I drive from home to work, and at other times I don't use it much. I want basic and small and cheap to run, and boy is it cheap to run. £20-£25 to fill the whole tank up, and that last to almost 400 miles depending on where I'm driving. Its cheaper than taking the train. All in all for a little city run around this is a great car. If you want luxury, go out and spend lots of your own money. Don't go for cheap, go for expense.
I currently have the misfortune to be driving a 1998 Fiesta Encore whilst my car is at the body shop. Sorry - I hate it! And this car thinks its drivers are idiots. First the idiots bit - the radio (part of the radio cassette) has just a seek button and a volume button, and 3 presets. No tone, balance, MW, LW...of course, Ford probably thought this was oh so simple to use, but it seems like they are treating their users like idiots! I cannot get 5live, or test cricket... Or perhaps you can, by some complex means which would rather defeat the point of a simple radio. Either way they should be shot. But enough of the radio. Perhaps i started on that because the car has virtually nothing going for it. The steering is non power assisted, so you could hope at last for a Ford steering set up that had some feel - nope, this is just as bad as any of the power assisted set ups I've driven on Cougars or Mondeos. Zilch feel - you feel like you are on the car, not in it. driving it only this morning I heard an advert for a Fiesta with power steering....sounds a nightmare to me! And the engine is 1300cc. Sure you can get something out of it if you try, but it sounds horrendous doing it. And the gears are so long, or the engine so lacking in low end torque that selecting 5th gear at anything below 60mph is a big mistake. Anything else going for it? Not really. The driving position is more italianite than anything Alfa or Fiat have ever offered. At 6ft 2, there is reasonable room with the seat back, but only with my legs getting in the way of 4th and 5th gears. Try changing gear with the stick underneathyour left leg. All this time, my arms when on the wheel are quite stretched. And long legged I am not - I have never really had a problem with Alfa driving positions, so this must be bad. Useless. Well, I guess the turning circle is quite tight, and the all round visibility good. And perhaps economy is reasonable a
nd parts cheap. But who cares. This is a dog of a car. I cannot believe they are still selling some - but it was under 8 grand, WITH power steering. What a bargain...NOT! How can 78% of people here recommend it? For what?
My trusty Escort went in for its MOT today and the nice man at ford's gave me a Fiesta for the day. The model the basic 5 door hatch, no electronics not even central locking. Well I remember the early Fiestas I also remember that I did not like them. So I drove this with a lot of reserve. I was pleasantly surprised, the car handles very well, the foot peddles are now well spaced (the old Fiestas peddles were too close together for me). Although it was the base model the engine was responsive, the brakes efficent and the all round vision very good. The boot space was ample for a small car. The only gripe was I had a problem selecting reverse (but then that seems common with ford's). If I was to buy this size of car I would choose a model that had some of the extras that I have grown used to (central locking etc).
The Festia is one of the best small cars on the market, my Wife has been driving her festa encore for 3 years now (prior to this she owned 2 other fiesta's), she particularly likes this car due to it's size and fuel economy. It also is a very nice looking car with plenty of space inside, even the boot is quite large and easily fits a pram and the shopping. The only problem with the car is the lack of power steering and air conditioning, however the next fiesta that we buy will most problably have these as standard. Overall a very nice to drive small car.
I've had a 1995 'm' plate fiesta for the last three years and on the whole I've been happy with it .I paid £3000 for it from a friend which I think was a good deal at the time.The car is quite economic to run and I get 350 to 400 miles on a full tank which costs about £30 depending on the chancellor. I normally use the car on my own and find it reasonably nippy and quick away from the lights.A 1.1 litre engine however means that any large loads,including a full tank of petrol, affect the performance.Indeed with two passengers and shopping you'd be quicker on a zimmer frame!. I travel about 100 miles two to three times a week and the only problems I've had related to my own neglect of maintenance duties,I mean "top up the oil" how could I have guessed that!.With the price of new and therefore used cars coming down cars like this can be bought for buttons,and if you're on a budget and not too fashion conscious it's well worth checking out.Any offers?! Servicing and parts are cheap and easily avaiable.I will change it soon as the usual perishables are begining to go such as the battery,altinater and most recently the starter motor which cost £120 to fix at a main dealer.Fiestas may be common but so are their dealers and a breakers yard will always have casualties for you to plunder.Try finding a wing mirror for a Crysler Neon on a Sunday afternoon!. Other options in this class such as the 206 or Yaris may be sexier but I think a Ford does offer some hope of reliability or at the very least lots of fellow sufferers to comiserate with!.People also tell me the sumps often go porous and it attracts the rear bumper of my girlfriend's car on a regular basis-anyone know a good panelbeater!.The fiesta has been tweaked since since mine came out and not necessarily for the better as far as looks go at least.Enamel grilles on a small car shout 'I'm really sporty really' but fool no one.
On the downside it drinks oil like it's happy hour and although it has good acceleration it does rattle beyond 70mph.On the whole I'd recommend it as a good ,economical and reliable first car
We have owned fords for years and it is nice to finally get the Fiesta with power steering as standard. It has been a long time coming but boy does it make a difference. The car itself runs great although we have had to return to the garage once as the lights hadn't been earthed properly. We always have wonderful service from the local garage that we buy from and they can't do enough to help. Also the 2 years of free insurance was a great offer
I have had a Ford Fiesta for a few years now and although handling is pretty good it is not too reliable. For example, I am already had to change brake pads a couple times (about 35k miles). I don't drive that bad :) Also have had slight problems with the sunroof leaking but that seems to be OK now. Another noticable 'feature' that irritates me is that the fuel gauge is not very accurate. I go downhill and the fuel can go up by about a 1/8th of a tank, sometimes more !!! This is quite frustrating. Also, its not the fasters car around.