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      11.01.2012 21:13

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      A great little pocket rocket!

      This was a super zippy little car!! Loved the sound of the dump valve - got some strange looks, but felt really cool driving around in it. Lowering the suspension and adding bodykit makes it look really smart, just watch the speed bumps! Because it's a Ford, it's not too bad on parts and labour, we didn't have to do hardly anything to it for the couple of years we had it. The only reason we sold it was that in the end it had a problem with an exhaust that kept smoking, but I think that was just a one-off with this car, as I have seen many others that are absolutely loved by their owners. Beware - the RS Turbo has green stripes down the side, whereas the ones with the blue stripes are XR2ii's - the RS Turbo is far more cool (and not as common!) Great boot space, quite a comfortable ride. No power steering, but you wouldn't want this in a pocket rocket!

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      05.11.2010 18:10
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      great car

      My Fiesta was a 5 door 1.3l and L reg. It was in light blue with a grey cloth interior. It also cost just £1500. The wheels were not alloy and had simple wheel trims with lots of cuts, scuffs and cracks! As a group 6 insurance car it was a reasonable choice a young person and the mpg was also not too bad at around 30 (I only drove in the town not on motorways). As a 5 door it was easy to get into andboth the front and back were roomy. There was also a lot of boot space. There was no central locking on the car or power steering which was a shame but not to be expected for a car that cost just £1500. The windows were also wind down not electric which was a pain when you needed to see out of the passenger window. One good point to this car was the heater. It was fantastic! You were toasty warm in less than 5 minutes. It was however strange in a way as the screen tool ages to clear! The drive of this car was good and a great choice for someone who has just passed their driving test. It is easy on the clutch and as a Ford has an excellent simple to work gear system. The vision is also good with a great rear screen. The reliability is great and parts are easy to come by with them being so common. The Ford Fiesta, be it a new shape or old, is a great choice of car. It isn't cool or flashy but it is incredibly practical and reliable.

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        25.10.2010 16:13

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        great car for the price

        I bought this car a few months after i passed mty driving test 5 years ago. I was at college at the time so i only had a small budget. I managed to find a ford fiesta at a reasonable cost for around 400 pounds, which had a long MOT and a few months tax. Obviously there were a few problems with this car due to its age, but nothing that stopped it from being road legal and drivable. It has a bit of rust where the wheel arches are, and i was told that this is common on fiestas. This has proved to be right because when i sold a fiesta on ebay the other week a potential buyer asked if there were any rust stops on the arches. The car didnt have power steering, and hardly any other extras. To me, the car served its purpose. A cheap car to insure, tax, and run. I didnt need all the fancy extras, but if you do then you need to pay a bit more and upgrade to a newer model. The car lasted me quite a while, and i was sad to see it go. I recommend this car to young people who have recently passed their test, for a number of reasons. Cheap to insure cheap to tax I filled the tank with about 30pounds worth of fuel, and it lasted me weeks, and i drove about 15miles a day. Parts are easy to get hold of.

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        07.10.2010 00:41
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        Great for a first car

        Years ago when I first passed my driving test I wanted a car but couldn't afford much. I just needed a little run around that would get me to work and back and be cheap to run and reliable. I didn't have a lot of money and just had a budget of a few hundred pounds so the types of cars I was looking at were pretty old and nothing special. After a couple of months of looking I found an A reg red Fiesta. It was old and by no means perfect, but it ran well and was in good condition for the age and had a reasonable mileage on it so it soon became mine. Now, this was not a car that was ever going to be pretty to look at but I did what I could with it and cleaned it up as best I could. I brought new seat covers and freshened it up a bit. Overall I think I had it for about 3 or 4 years. In that time I did have to buy a few parts for it, and do a few minor repairs but it was a really good car considering it's age. The petrol, tax and insurance were really cheap, well as cheap as you can get and it was comfortable to drive. I would always reccomend a Fiesta as a first car for anyone, particularly someone younger and on a budget. They are good little runners and the parts are really easy to get and cheap too.

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          29.06.2010 19:38
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          Go for the mk4 if you can affford it.

          Up until about age 16 I wasn't in the slightest bit interested in learning to drive, but I decided to do it purely to enhance my employment possibilities. Even as I was taking my lessons I still wasn't interested in buying a car, as I wasn't overly keen on the cost of running/maintaining a vehicle. That was until I heard one of my friends was getting rid of their K reg Ford Fiesta. The car wasn't exactly pristine because it had recently been broken into because the opportunist thieves were banking on all pre-95 cars being without an immobiliser but were thrown when they discovered the post-factory one which had been fitted. The lock had been damaged since it had been forced opened with a screwdriver but I managed to repair it after a bit of basic mechanical work, and the underneath of the steering column had been ripped off in an attempt to hotwire the car. Still, on the upside, the car had only done 34000 miles and although the car was getting on for 13 years old at this point, it had spent 7 years of its life unused in a garage underneath a load of blankets and had been serviced, MOT'd and taxed. All this for the price of £450. I decided to buy it and was over the moon when I got it home, and washed it nearly every day - even though I was still learning to drive and it was unused. I passed my test a few months later and I drove it everywhere and anywhere as you do when you first start driving. I can't exactly say it was the greatest driving experience ever - the suspension was horrific, It always felt like the car was on two wheels when going round corners and without power steering the effort required to park the car was just unbelievable. As for features, I'd love to say it was equipped with a few useful things - but there was absolutely nothing; just a chassis on wheels. It featured wind-up windows, windscreen wipers with no intermediate setting, no power steering, no ABS, no sunroof, plastic bumpers, non-smoked lenses for the indicators, plastic manual wing mirrors, manual locks, no rev-meter and a hideous aqua coloured set of seats. The car let me down on a few occasions and absolutely hated winter mornings. It would be impossible to start the engine on a cold morning and put the headlights on a few seconds later because it would just stall. Also, there would be a number of times when I would leave the engine running, run inside to get something and come back out to find the car stalled. The only major failure for me was caused by a blown fuse, which prevented the car from starting. In terms of looks, the car design is VERY dated but in my opinion this was purely down to the lack of exterior cosmetics such as colour co-ordinated bumpers, as a lot of MK3 Fiesta's still on the road today don't look that bad, especially when compared to a Rover Metro/100 which rivalled the Fiesta at one point. This car wasn't particularly reliable and was incredibly basic, but it was very old and unloved so that could account for it. If you are looking for a MK3 fiesta, go for one with a few basic features such as power steering and you'll pick up one pretty cheap one these days. I never intended this car to be a long-term thing but the £450 I laid out turned out to be the best investment I've ever made as it gave me a job and career.

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            07.02.2010 00:19

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            Best on the twisty stuff after a few mods..

            Pre 1995? Lets go pre 1985! My partner has a Mk1 Fiesta, and I love it! It is a brilliant, fun car with buckets of retro-cool charisma. The car has in it only what it needs..just the basics, non of this new fangled nonsense you get nowadays! These cars have so much character, and I can honestly say that whenever I drie it or am a passenger in it I just giggle at it's fun honest driving capabilities. They are such cheeky cars and really easy to make modifications to if you want to. Ours is currently under going an engine swap, and has a cage, bucket seats, harnesses etc etc in preparation for its hill climb/sprint debut in the summer. There are a few forums on the internet that are all about the mk1 / mk2 fiestas and they are full of enthusiastic geeks who will babble on for hours about the greatess of these cars. If you want to have some retro fun...this is the car for you!

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            02.02.2010 00:17

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            Great car would recommend to everyone

            I bought this car in September 2008 as my first car for 550 pounds, and I absolutely love it! I've never had a problem (touch wood!) apart from when it had its MOT....but then it only cost 200 pounds to pass! Its such a reliable car and great to drive as a first car. The size is great, even managed to move house twice with it, and help my friends as well! I use my car everyday to work and back, which is about 10 miles either way. I have also used the car for longer visits aswell, from Brighton to Manchester and also doing Courier deliveries as part of my work. Even with all this bad weather, the snow, ice, frost and rain, my car has still managed to get me where I want to go, even if it took a while to de-ice! I highly recommend this car for a first time buyer, or even for someone with a bigger car as a run around. Its easy to park and get around in, and you don't have to worry about it being stolen as its not flashy! A great buy!

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            18.09.2009 18:16
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            A very good cheap car!

            Here is my review of my 1995 Red Ford Fiesta encore 1.3l Due to some connections I managed to pick one of these up for £800 and I must say I have been thoroughly impressed! When I bought it there was only 35,000 miles on the clock (thank goodness for old people!). ========Reliability======== This car's reliability has been absolutely fantastic, in the 2 years that I have had it nothing has gone wrong mechanically at all despite me not taking the best of care of it! (The first time I checked the oil after buying it was over a year after it was bought! oops!) This car is a guaranteed first starter every time, even after going on holiday for 2 weeks it will still start first time every time. Even if you do suffer from some reliabilty issues the parts that are available are so cheap it shouldn't cause a massive dent to your bank balance! =======Driving Comfort======= Overall it handles like a car from 1995 should, it's not great going round corners fast (or even going particularly fast) but that isn't what it was designed for, as a city car it is great, it is small, nippy when it needs to be! One down side is that in the 1995 model to the best of my knowledge no power steering is available which is a bit of a shame as it comes in very handy when you are trying to park! =========Running costs======== As you would expect with all small cars the fuel you economy you get is good but maybe not as good as some newer cars due to improved motor technology. I can easily get over 40mpg out of it even when driving fast on a motorway. As mentioned before parts are so cheap so that is no problem you should be able to find them at any of your local scrap yards, I even managed to get some of the parts I needed for mine for free so it is always something worth checking! Car tax is ~£120 for a whole year which again is slightly pricy. But this is due to the way in which the road tax system works. Insurance should be very cheap for adults who have a few no claims years with them, as a newly passed driver I wasn't so lucky and was stung paying £300 more than what I paid for the car just to insure it! Even now I am still getting quotes of £600 so it's always worth being careful when you are a newly qualified driver! ======Summary====== A good, reliable litter run-around that does exactly what it promises. Whilst it isn't particularly flashy or quick the type of people that drive these cars are probably not really interested in that anyway. If this car had Power Steering then it would be absolutely perfect! It also does come with a driver's airbag which I thought was nice considering the car is 14 or so years old, not many other cars of that age would.

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            14.03.2009 14:36

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            A reliable vehicle and cheap to boot

            I was very impresed with this model. I inherited the C registration fiesta back in 2001 after passing my driving test, previously the car had been my aunties car and after that it had been my parents run around vehicle so bear in mind by the time it came to my turn it had done a substantial amount of mileage and indeed a number of years on the road. While it was very ruckety by this point it always got me from a to b, costs were low, running on the good old 4 star petrol, now lpg which where you can get it costs around 50p a litre, so if you were to make a purchase of one of these fabulous vehicles these days youd be looking at low running costs, low insurance and a reliable vehicle. I should stress that in late 2005 i was given one of these vehicles at a cost of £50 and while the radio didnt work and while it was manufactured in the late 80s being an f registration, it did me a good six months and eventually was retired by an arson attack, not techncial error. I would swear by this vehicle, it may not be the best looking vehicle out there, and you may not find one anywhere apart from scrap yards these days, but i would almost guarantee successful and cheap motoring with this model, its comfortable, it may struggle but will get you up to the required speeds on the motorway and how could you resist the chance of driving a retro vehicle like this that has stood the test of time and was in fact the first car of actor philip glenister. Go buy one

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            31.01.2009 01:24
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            Good runabout

            My wife had a 1993 Ford Fiesta for a few years, i used it on a regular basis and here are my experiences good, bad and ugly! GOOD The car is VERY cheap to run! Cheap on insurance, cheap on fuel, cheap on parts and cheap to buy! There are tons of Fiesta's around in the local scrap yards so if you ever have any problems, it is always worth a look (or even a check on ebay). Because they are so cheap, i have even heard of people buying a 'spare one' to keep for parts! Nice if you have the space and the spare cash. The insurance group for these is very low (it varies depending on model but is normally in one of the lowest groups). There are various models such as 'Ghia' which is the top model (and has nice things like electrics etc) down to 'Popular' and similar models which are more basic. These are quite fun cars to tinker with (as are most Fords) if you know a little about mechanics etc. BAD These are basic cars, even in the top specification they are hardly Bentley's - but come on, what do you expect for the money! Most Fiesta's tend to drive well, though if you do find a problem (or think you find one) at the test drive then keep looking - there are plenty around to choose from! UGLY Fiestas are prone to a few different faults including head gasket and steering issues. The engine on my Wife's car went in very busy traffic, and it wasnt worth reparing so it was scrapped unfortunately. The basic nature and looks of the car tend to put people off, but its well worth a look for a cheap A-B runabout.

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            07.01.2009 20:56
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            GREAT FIRST CAR, well worth the money

            This was my first car, and was an absolute dream. It only cost me £1000 so is ideal for first timer buyers on a budget. There was loads of visability in this car, so reserving round corners and parking was easy. I actually asked to take my test in my own car, as the visability was so good in it, and passed first time. The car itself wasnt the most reliable though, it had a manual choke and often i'd forget to put it back in, opps! Sometimes the car wouldnt start when it was particularly cold, but i found pumping the clutch before starting the engine did the trick. I also had the exhaust fall off, despite all this, the parts were very cheap, tyres were only £20, and my most expensive garage bill was just £200. I loved this car, the inside was a little old fashioned but the car was always lovelly and warm inside, and seemed to retain heat well. The dials were old but it had a certain charm to it. The paint i have to say was abit poor, and did fade over time, so id definetely recommend polishing it often to help prolong the life of the paint colour. The fiesta didnt seem the strongest in the world, and had i had an accident i probably would have been crushed in it, but luckily i didnt, and the car served me very well. When i sold the car 2 years later, unbeliveably i got over £1000 for it, so depreciation is amazing on these little gems. I had a 3 door, and i was often giving people lifts from school, and this car easily fitted 5 people, with easy access in and out.

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At last, I remembered to do the a. thing. That's a good five minutes of editing spared! My motor of memory is not particularly vintage; in fact, I believe it first rolled onto forecourts in 1989/1990 - the mighty Ford Fiesta Mark 3. Setting the standards for bog standard, mass production girl cars, the Fiesta 1.1l was a trailblazer in the 'skint and can't afford anything else' class of motoring. Reaching 60mph from a standing start in a blistering 17 seconds, the Fiesta came with a guarantee to petrify at roundabouts/slip roads/junctions, or your money back. By the way - the car in the picture is one model newer than intended, but it's still pre-1995 so let me off! FIRST TRUE LOVE My 1992, 1.1l, J registration Fiesta came with a difference; it was all kitted-up, Essex boy style. My first car, it was relentless in its attempts to embarrass me at every opportunity. In my brief six months in its company, culminating in an unglamorous accident, I learnt a lot more than I wished to know about its past. You never forget your first car, do you? I was just 17, and came home one glorious night to find it sitting proudly on the drive. I'd borrowed £2,000 I could ill afford, and bought it from a family friend (doh!). I was hooked at first sight. Cherry red, skirts, front fog lights; it even had the mock 'XR2i' badge laughably affixed alongside my rear registration plate. This vehicular sheep in wolves' clothing was aesthetic deception at its best. Like dressing Dale Winton as Rambo, and sending him out to face the public, my cars' cover was well and truly blown when forced to open its mouth (or throttle, if you like). BOY CHASER When I finally got out on the road solo, I started to notice the stark contr ast. Without little red L's stuck on your motor, excusing your ineptitude, you were there for the taking. Living in the supposed spiritual home of the boy-racer, the humiliations started. I was a veritable magnet for spotty little twats in Vauxhall Novas. Pulling up at a split set of traffic lights was a nerve shattering experience. I could feel their cold stares as I sat, tense, helpless and pleading for Amber. To exacerbate my embarrassment, the previous owner had stuck a transfer of Fido-Dido on the boot, right next to the fictitious claims of possessing a fuel-injected engine. I'd tried to scrape it off with boiling water, but I just couldn't shift him. Credibility shattered, I would just catch the final moments of people's sniggers as they pulled alongside. I assumed people would believe I had far too much power to engage in frivolous racing, to nurse my fragile pride. In reality, I was absolutely flooring it, being left for dust by cyclists, milk floats, and residents of the local home for the elderly. ALTERNATIVE COMEDY The alternator on my first car was knackered. Consequently, the problem of maintaining my car's battery was akin to the power shortages experienced on Apollo 13. Keeping things going was a fine art, and involved balancing the power consumption by switching things on and off as you needed them in sequence. Rainy nights with misted windows were a recipe for disaster; I'd find myself flicking off the heater to indicate, flicking it back on to clear the windows, off again for the windscreen wipers etc - it was like watching Richard Clayderman's guide to motoring. Sometimes, my battery would die completely. One occasion, however, sticks in my mind. I attended a company-wide meeting after work, at a plush golf club one cold November evening. The route leading to the venue was a narrow single lane path, which snaked around the course. Being not particularly committed to the cause, I was first to leave, and fronted a procession of my colleagues' more illustrious vehicles to the exit. Well, halfway anyway. As I shuddered to a halt, images of Basil Fawlty attacking his car with a tree branch flashed through my mind. Of all the people to help push this sorry heap out harms way, it had to be a partner of the firm. Stepping out of his brand new Mercedes, in expensive overcoat and tailored trousers, the situation had plunged new depths. Whilst plotting my punishment for the little red git, I pondered the next day's taunts, as my colleagues overtook us, mounting the grass verge one by one, laughing uncontrollably. WHAT VAN? To destroy the last iota of respect I had for this wretched car, I made a final, shocking discovery. It was once, in fact, a van. I had to take some rubbish to the dump, and hence the lowering of the back seat was required. I'd always wondered why there was an additional interior light over the 'rear seats'; I was about to find out why. They were actually a thick piece of foam, wrapped in seat covering, resting on a wooden shelf. Suddenly, all the little quirks my car had that other Fiesta's did not, made perfect sense. Only discovering my girlfriend was once a man could affect me more. Not wanting to investigate further, I stuffed the foam back into place, and cursed that £2,000 bank loan I still had to repay. THE GRAND FINALE Having said all that, my Fiesta probably saved my life. On my way home from work one evening, I was hit by a pick-up truck. I was propelled across the road, and ended up in the side of a stationery vehicle. Shaken and suffering from whiplash, I crawled out without life threatening injury. My car, on the other hand, was a crumpled mess, spilling oil and petrol all over the road. Upon inspecting the damage, I immediately felt a twinge of sadness. For all its faults, it had served me well when it mattered most. < br> I still hated it though. GENERAL The Fiesta has been in production for decades. It used to be the entry-level car for Ford owners in the UK. Reliable, sturdy, and cheap are three words that immediately spring to mind (with the odd exception!). Usually supplied in 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6 & sporting variations, such as the XR2 & RS Turbo, Fiestas have frequently topped sales lists for the supermini class. Usual problems are rusting, and the main components tend to give up quickly. However, picking up spare parts will be easy, due to popularity. They will also rapidly depreciate in value, so make sure you harbour intentions of driving it into the ground before you hand over your money. I still drive a Fiesta; I have the new model 1.6i Zetec. It has been completely overhauled, and I must say, is a vast improvement over previous models. It also comes with free insurance, and if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Ford Focus, you can't really go wrong. And that's it. 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              and so my 1st car after passing my test...1.6 engine has a good acceleration factor, one of the main benefits even though the car is an old one. only problem with this can be the insurance if you are fairly young (im 20) - quotes ranged from around the 2 to 3 k mark! pretty ridiculous seen as the car cost me £600. eventually just bunged my grandad on there as 1st insurer with around 102 years no claim bonus etc..brought it down to £500. inside the car, it comes with racing wheel, racing speed dials etc - the dashboard, clock etc are ok not to cheap and nasty, especially as car is 14 year old! The body work on the fiesta is starting to see the test of time, front bumper fairly tatty, side doors and body begging to rust, especially around the wheel arch. obviously this car will probably be appealing to the younger drivers who may have just passed their test, and want a fairly fast car for little money. in that sense, you couldnt really ask for much more, and im sure the modifying kids can do there stuff to it also. Ive had the car for around 2 and a half years now, and in that time ive only had to spend £120 on a new cylinder head gasket and about £25 on an alternater. so parts wise, done brialliantly. disadvantages of the car, is the steering feels far to light. probably partly to the tracking, which is fixed at low cost, but even with that ok, feels awkward. my dad sometimes has to use it if im blocking him in in the garage and when he comes back he is always shaking his head at it! but i can drive it fine, maybe its his driving skills he should be bothered about! taxing the car is another slight problem, it comes into the higher of the 2 tax brackets, so around £88 for 6 months, and on an old car like it is, i felt agrieved to have to pay that much. MOT due in 3 weeks, and after that im just ditching it, to the scrap heap, got enough now for either a bmw 316i or a corsa sri. not sure which yet, speed, or flashy! but overall not a bad little car - pretty fa st, gets a to b, not bad on petrol and cheap to buy.

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                25.10.2002 00:09
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                I'm writing this just because I can never find out any information about the 1.6s Fiesta. I myself own one of these decafeinated XR2's and would just like to say its great ! Its cheap to insure, petrol's not bad at around 35mpg - if you drive like a granny. Performance is pretty good for a 90's Fiesta, coming in at around 90bhp and accelerating almost as well as the XR2i model. If you want an XR2i but can't afford the insurance buy one of these. You even get XR2i brakes, boot spoiler and front and rear anti roll bars - so you can banish that rumour about Fiesta's being 'wallowy'. The car uses the old mk2 XR2 engine with the same crappy carb (ok, so it aint perfect) and a new exhuast setup. However, the car feels a lot more refined than the old XR2 and starts first time even in the worst weather. She'll hit 100mph without too much trouble and feels completely at ease at 80-90. 0-60 time is rated at around 10 seconds... which isn't bad for the age. Things that have gone wrong? Well she's getting rusty, despite Ford's original 6 year rust warranty which would hint some confidence in their own steel work. The clutch has been replaced (£150 fitted), I found two oil leeks and replaced the break pads. All this is pretty minimal though, considering the 120,000 miles the car has covered The brake pads (and discs for that matter) really are a doddle to replace, as with most mechanical work its confidence as much as skill that is required. The rust isn't too bad, on the mk3 fiesta both ends of the sills ten to rust, the bottoms of the doors rust (usually because some idiot has FILLED over the drain holse in the bottom of the doors) and the panel around the filler cap ALWAYS rusts, lthough I haven't worked out why. The oil leaks I found are around the rocker cover (common on the CVH) and at the distributer. The reasons behind these were a loose rocker cover and NO gasket between the distributer and the engine block. Doh! So- no fault of the car then. The other mechanical components are pretty much bullet-proof having been tried and tested since the early 80's in the mk2 car. BAD things (yes, there are some) Sometimes, after just starting, the car will cut out. Its that crappy auto-choke weber carb. No problems when warmed up though. The interior is horrid, orange and blue check! There is no centre console, no electrics (windows, locking) and very basic trim - It's based on the base L model. In short - if any car can go on for 120,000 miles with as little wrong with it as this baby then I would recommend it to anybody.

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                  02.07.2002 18:21
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                  Fiesta 1.0 Sapphire. This was my wifes car she bought from new, it's now sitting with approx 106,000 miles on the clock. Now I was not a great fan of Ford's - ("darned rep mobile") - but this little buggy changed my prejudices. What's good about it: + Very practical boot, with two kids this is nice. + Comfortable seating, (I spend 2-3 hours a day commuting so this is important). + Good cabin layout. + Economical and good to drive. Cheap insurance and road tax too. + Reliable, apart from the boot-release/rear wiper. Bulletproof engine and gearbox. + Dealer service. My local dealer in Kirkcaldy have been first class. Friendly and inexpensive. - Lacks power, well it is only 1.05 litres! - Rustproofing is ineffectual. Body is rusting faster than I can treat it. - Handling very dependent on tyre choice. Don't skimp and buy budget tyres - it isn't worth it! I'll be sorry to see it go, but we're probably going to buy another Ford, (Fiesta or Focus), to replace it.

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