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      14.09.2011 19:02
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      a brill little car that would suit anybody

      This is a brilliant little car that would suit anybody. It is small and easy to park, yet has ample boot space and generous back seats.
      It has a lot of nice touches too. The windscreen wipers can be time adjusted to suit the weather, and the headlights stay on for a few minutes when you get out of the car so that you can see the way home.
      The car handles brilliantly and steers well, with a tight turning circle that helps with city parking. The gear box can be a bit clunky and it suffers from the same problems that I've had with other Fiestas in that it can be difficult to get the car into reverse gear. The 1.4L engine means that it's nippy enough for its size, but it does have trouble accelerating in 5th gear, as you would expect for a car of that size.
      Fuel wise, i normally get about 37-40 mpg, and i do mainly town driving, with occaisional bursts of motorway.

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        14.03.2011 18:14
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        A good car for low mileage drivers

        The car
        I am referring to the 2003 Ford Fiesta Zetec. I owned a this car for 6 years until I recently sold it. It has a 1.4 litre engine, alloy wheels, 4 doors and air conditioning.

        My opinion
        Having owned this car for a good few years, I learnt a lot about it. Overall I was extremely satisfied with the car. The 1.4 litre engine made the car very nippy. It was good to drive on motorways, as well as windy country lanes and in town - all of which I did regularly. The flip side of the relatively large engine was reasonably poor fuel economy for a small car - which is the reason I finally sold it as I am now doing many more miles than I used to. The car was incredibly reliable - it didn't break down once in the whole 6 years I owned it.

        Recommendation
        This car is an ideal first or second car. It is fun to drive, but reliable. It would be especially suitable if you are doing low mileage. The price of the 2003 model is now only a few thousand pounds (depending on mileage) so not out of reach for many newly qualified drivers.

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        27.10.2010 23:06

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        Great little first time car! Can't go wrong with a fiesta.

        Please note this is about the Fiesta Zetec Climate, the next shape model from the one in the picture. This is my second car which i've had for over 2 years now and its great! The engine size is 1.25 so although its not one of the fastest its still a little nippy car, its great for short and long journeys as I do both quite alot. The general features on this car are electric windows, radio, CD player, AUX Connection (eg connecting your ipod), airbags, and power steering. The drive is smooth and comfortable, the steering is sharp, fantastic for first time buyers and in general a very reliable car. I personally feel this is also a very safe car to drive compared to the previous car i drove which was a ford ka. The fiesta has a considerably spacious boot, cheaper to fill with petrol than most cars and all in all a good buy.
        I bought my model with a few extra add ons which were rear parking sensors, electrically foldable door mirrors built in bluetooth and air con and they are all great added features. The parking sensors are a great guideline to help you out when parking and you get so used to them going off i would find it very strange not having a car with them. If your like me and constantly use your mobile wherever you go i would say this is a definite must to pay extra for, its the safest way to answer calls without having to pull over or being tempted to answer your phone while your still driving...its not worth it!,
        pairing your phone to the car is really simple to do and your calls come through very clear, you can answer the phone from a touch of a button, store 10 numbers to the phone so when you use the voice command al you have to do is say the person's name you wish to phone.
        The only bad thing i would say about this car is the sound of the engine, ford's don't have the quietest engine's compared to other noises but can easily be drowned out listening to the radio, other than this

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        08.10.2010 20:19
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        A superb car from Ford

        Please note - this review discusses the newer model of the Ford Fiesta Zetec and not the one as shown in Dooyoo's photograph.

        Have you ever heard of the expression "Found On the Road Dead?" If so, you may recall this was frequently used for FORD, particularly as many years ago their cars were notorious for breaking down and you would very often see an abandoned Ford on the side of the road! However, the popularity of Ford vehicles has considerably grown over recent years and I feel extremely proud to own 1.4 16v petrol Ford Fiesta Zetec with a 5-speed manual gear box, which I purchased from new in July 2009. My previous car had been a Daewoo Kalos, which for me was a totally unreliable heap of junk (but that's another story!).

        I can vividly recall the television advertisement that introduced the new style Fiesta and was pleasantly surprised that Ford has manufactured such a fantastic looking car. Some people may have dreams of their fantasy cars being a fast flashy Porsche or a Jaguar, but all I admired was the new style Ford Fiesta Zetec. I have to say that I had never previously believed in purchasing a brand new car due to the fact that they lose a couple of thousand pounds the minute they are driven from the forecourt. However, I decided to go ahead and take the plunge, particularly as I've always liked Ford with my very first car being a very basic red Ford Escort.

        THE HISTORY OF FORD

        Last year I successfully completed my HNC in Supported Housing where I attended University on a weekly basis for a period of two years. It was during the management module of my course that I learned about Fordism and how Henry Ford (30 July 1863 - 7 April 1947), an American industrialist founded the Ford Company. It was Ford who developed the assembly line technique of mass production of expensive goods and provided high wages to his workers. I could go on and on discussing Fordism, which amazed the whole world as in 1914 Ford doubled the daily rate of pay for his workers.

        You may not be aware but the first car manufactured by Ford was the Model T, which was introduced on 1 October 1908 and was soon copied by every other company with its' left hand drive and the entire engine and transmission being enclosed.

        THE FORD FIESTA ZETEC

        Exterior

        The new style Ford Fiesta Zetec is extremely sleek and very contemporary in appearance, with its' sexy smooth curved exterior. The familiar blue and white Ford logo can be found hidden quite discretely in various locations on its' exterior, such as the front and rear bumpers, radiator grille, rear and side windows and windscreen, rear lamps and head lamps, bonnet, wing and doors. I'm not generally someone who has a passion for cars, but I have to say that there is something about this model that is extremely eye-catching and its' stunning alloy wheels are simply the finishing touch.

        Interior

        This section of my review discusses the stunning interior of the Ford Fiesta Zetec, whereby my car has fairly dark grey seats. Whilst they do not feel velvety to the touch, they are extremely comfortable and as I suffer with a back problem following a car accident from 3 years ago, long journeys are never an issue for me.

        Instrument Panel

        When I first sat inside the showroom display model I have to say that I felt I was stepping inside the cockpit of an aeroplane, particularly as there were so many buttons and knobs! I was somewhat taken back and couldn't quite believe my eyes. Of course now that I've got used to them (almost!) it is quite second nature and I now see them as a real necessity whereas I initially thought of them as a luxury. The instrument panel is absolutely immense and beautifully streamlined with its' sleek chrome coloured finish. Whilst I do not intend discussing each and every feature, as obviously it will then make this review resemble that of a user manual I will provide a brief overview of some of the features. There are circular air vents located on the far left and far right hand sides and these are easily manoeuvred to provide both the driver and passenger with an adequate airflow.

        Radio/CD Player

        Embedded in the centre of the dashboard is your digital clock, which is extremely easy to see with its' red digits. When either the radio or CD player is in operation, it is in this area that you will see your selected channels or CD tracks. What I absolutely love about this car is that I can operate both the radio and CD player from the steering column, whereby I can change the radio and CD tracks by simply pressing one small button.

        The radio and CD can also be operated from the instrument panel where you simply need to press the appropriate number pad to change your selection. You can also chose to press the "TA", traffic alert option, which is an extremely useful feature, particularly if you spend much of your time travelling on busy roads. When I initially purchased the car I was rather confused, as I simply could not find where I had to place the CD, which I later discovered is neatly located underneath the clock. I cannot fault the sound quality of the system, as it is simply superb and provided through four speakers; two of which are located inside the front doors and the other two on the rear parcel shelf.

        Windscreen Wipers

        An extremely useful feature on the car is the windscreen wipers, which have an intermittent mode that can be set to a frequency of your choice by simply turning a small dial. This is very useful indeed, particularly at times when it is drizzling, as I would find that the intermittent mode on my previous car was too slow, yet the wipers in the normal mode were scraping on a rather dry windscreen. There are a number of other features concerning both the wipers and washers, but for obvious reasons I do not intend discussing them in this review.

        Security of the Vehicle

        Another very useful feature is the panel, which locks and unlocks the vehicle. Imagine the scene where I'm sat in the car and it's pouring down with rain and I've sent hubby into the shop to purchase a few items. He comes out of the store and I would have to pass him the keys through the window to unlock the boot. Consequently, my hand and arm gets wet! This model will allow the driver to press the unlock button for the boot, which will subsequently open. I think I best set the record straight at this point and would advise that the scene is in fact hubby sat at the wheel in an extremely dry car and it's ME that's just walked out of the supermarket! I will never drive alone with the doors unlocked and in order to centrally lock the four doors I simply need to press one button located on the instrument panel, so I also have the assurance that nobody can gain access to my car whilst it is stationary. The vehicle doors and boot can also be locked and unlocked by using the radio frequency remote control key.

        In order to minimise the risk of theft of your vehicle the engine has been installed with an immobiliser, which is automatically armed within a few seconds after you have switched off the ignition. The minute you switch on the vehicle the immobiliser automatically disarms. Another great security issue is the steering wheel, which can be turned clockwise into a locked position and can only be moved again once the key has been placed in the ignition. Whilst I sometimes find this a little awkward and heavy to move, particularly if the tyres are not positioned correctly, this adds additional peace of mind to the owner.

        The car is fitted with an alarm, which I don't believe is much of a deterrent these days, particularly as car alarms are constantly sounding and the majority of passers-by seem to take no notice whatsoever! However, when the alarm is set it will automatically sound if somebody attempts to gain access via any of the doors, bonnet or boot or if they attempt to remove the audio system. It was only recently I discovered that the alarm will also sound if someone attempted to move the ignition switch without a valid key. The alarm automatically sets the moment the car is locked.

        Bluetooth Facility

        As I spend much of my time on the road it is essential that I am able to answer my mobile. Consequently, I opted for the Bluetooth facility, which cost me an additional £400 and when my mobile phone rings the system will automatically answer via the steering column and the caller's voice is projected through the stereo speakers.

        Air Conditioning

        The car does not have a sunroof and this is a feature that has never really interested me with any vehicle. However, one feature that this car has, which is the most important feature of all and that is air conditioning. Whilst air conditioning eats the fuel like there is no tomorrow, it was an absolute necessity for me during the heat wave that we experienced earlier this year. I simply need to manually adjust the climate control setting and press the air conditioning button, which allows a comforting steam of cold air to enter the car within just a few seconds. A problem I found with my previous car is that the moment I hit the air conditioning button, the car would lose a little acceleration power. However, I am pleased to advise that this is definitely not the case with the Fiesta Zetec.

        Steering Wheel and Seats

        As with the majority of new cars the steering wheel can be adjusted to a more suitable position and whilst this is not something that I've needed to do, I understand that this is relatively easy. You simply need to disengage the locking lever to move and return it to its' original position when the steering wheel is in the correct position.

        Airbags

        Both the driver and passenger sides of the car are fitted with airbags and fortunately, this is a feature that I am unable to discuss, particularly as I have never used them. However, I would state that the passenger airbag can easily be disabled if you wish to fit a child restraint on a seat protected by an operational air bag.

        Seatbelts

        You may think this somewhat strange that I am discussing this feature, but a problem for me with my previous cars is that the seatbelt would rub the side of my neck. Whilst I am only 5 foot 3 inches, I do not think that I am particularly short and despite altering the height of the seatbelt, I would always experience a problem. Fortunately, the seat belt on the new Fiesta is perfect on both the driver and passenger sides and it feels extremely comfortable when worn. As I have never sat in any of the rear seats I cannot comment on the comfort of wearing the seatbelts.

        Lighting

        The vehicle is fitted with both rear and fog lights, which should only be used in the case of actual fog and not for posing in front of the opposite sex! The lights on the car will remain on for 30 seconds after you have removed the key from the ignition, which really took some getting used to at first, as I would keep returning to the car thinking I had left the lights on! As with the majority of newer vehicles the headlamps can be raised or lowered to the most appropriate position.

        Mirrors

        An extremely useful function is that both of the side mirrors can be adjusted to the most suitable position and what I find perfect for roadside parking is that I can push the mirrors in, which obviously reduces the risk of a speeding car taking your mirror, which happened to me on my previous car!

        Why did I purchase Ford?

        Whilst Ford has previously been known as "Found Dead On the Road" I have always found their cars extremely reliable and excellent value for money. Another reason I have opted for Ford is that parts are easy to obtain and whilst car parts are generally quite pricey, Ford parts are much cheaper than imported cars.

        My opinion and experience

        The Ford Fiesta is an extremely reliable and comfortable car and in my opinion the best car I have ever owned. Whilst fuel prices are currently at an all time high I feel that it is fairly economical on its' unleaded fuel, as it will give you an average of approximately 50 miles to the gallon. The car can reach high speeds quite quickly and whilst I don't always put my foot down I would advise that it is rather rapid when it wants to be! What I absolutely adore about this car is that the instrument panel illuminates when the natural light fades and it is then that you will see everything in red, including the foot wells.

        Faults

        Unfortunately, the only fault that my car has developed is more annoying rather than a nuisance and that is the squeaky gear stick! For some strange reason this occurs within a few days of it raining and as soon as the weather dries up the problem disappears. It doesn't bother hubby if he drives my car, but it drives me absolutely mad and I find myself having to turn up my music so I cannot hear it!

        Boot Space

        The boot is considerably spacious and much roomier than the old style Fiesta. I can easily fit in a dozen large carrier bags if I happen to have been on a spending spree!

        Spare wheel

        There is a spare wheel provided with the vehicle and this can be found in the boot underneath the carpet covering.

        Maintenance

        As all car owners are aware, it is wise to always have your vehicle serviced at regular intervals and as my car is within the initial 3-year warranty that is standard with all new cars I take it for an annual service. Ford recommends that we should carry out daily checks to ensure that all of the lamps, lights and indicators are working correctly. However, I have to be honest and say that this is definitely not something I carry out on a daily basis and generally tend to check every couple of weeks. Other regular checks to be carried out on the vehicle are the engine oil, brake and clutch fluid, washer fluid, engine coolant and the pressure of your tyres.

        Price

        It is very difficult to provide an up to date price for a car because obviously it depends on where you purchase and the mileage on the clock, but you can generally purchase a brand new Fiesta Zetec for around £10,500.

        I apologise for such a lengthy review, but it has been difficult to shorten and I would thank you for reading.

        This review has been posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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          07.10.2010 00:08
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          Great if you need a reliable run around that's cheap to run

          When I first learnt to drive I brought a very old A reg fiesta to get me around. I wasn't bothered about having a great car and didn't really have the money for the kind of car I really wanted.

          My A reg lasted well and with a few minor repairs survived a good few years. It was still going strong when I got a better job, but with some extra money in my pocket each month I decided I wanted a better car and one that would be a little more reliable as the old fiesta had started to break down here and there and was quite hard to start on the very cold mornings.

          I got a bank loan for £5000 so I could get a nice Ford KA. I really liked the KA's and took one for a test drive. I was hooked and decided to go for one.

          I spent a couple of weeks looking for KA's and finally found a Ford dealership near to me. I went there to have a look as they had loads of KA's. I had a look at a couple but none of them had everything I wanted such as air con and central locking.

          On my way out I saw a purple Fiesta. Although it was a Fiesta, it was completely different to my old one and a much newer model. Although I hadn't intended to get a Fiesta I had a look as it had all the features I was looking for and was well within my price range.

          I took it for a test drive and really liked it. I found it much more comfortable than the KA and the only way I can describe it is that it just seemed to fit me and felt perfect.

          I brought it and have now had it for over 5 years. It has been a great car, very reliable and I have never really had any major problems with it. When anything does go wrong the parts are cheap and easy to get so long waits for parts.

          I like the Fiesta's because they are roomy inside for such a small car but the petrol and car tax are about as cheap as you can get for a petrol car. Mine is only a 3 door, which sometimes can be a bit annoying when people need to sit in the back, but I only usually tend to have one passenger at a time.

          The boot is a good size for a small car and me and my mum can both go out and do a weeks worth of shopping and fit it all in without any trouble. The controls are easy to use and are well positioned for me and I really do find it a comfortable and easy car to drive.

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            27.07.2010 13:14
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            great little car

            It was love on first drive as soon as first turned the key in my shiny blue Ford Fiesta Zetec, and a couple of months on, with a fair few miles travelled, my verdict on my 1.25 2010 5 door petrol model (mark VI) is that it really is a good little car. Driving it every day is a real pleasure, and I can really see why the Fiesta is such a popular car in the UK, and gained Car of the Year in 2009 for both "What Car" and "Auto Express" - having had a bit of a disaster of a non-Ford car before owning this one I did read a fair few reviews before choosing this car, and I'm glad to say that my experience has shown that the car lives up to the pretty universally positive reviews I read everywhere. I'm no car expert, by any means - truth be told I'm your typical "mum-taxi" driver, who just wants a car that goes. I do know, however, when I find a car that I like and my zetec gets a resounding thumbs up!

            Looks-wise the 2010 model is a bit more snazzy than it's previous incarnation - the body panels are a little indented on the doors, which makes it look quite contemporary. I find that the detailing on the car is good, I like the chrome finish on the car doors under the windows and the alloys are excellent - they seem to be a little inlaid from the tyre compared to my previous car, which has meant no curb scuffs thus far. The push to the boot is nicely concealed under the rim, and filling up is easy thanks to Ford's special key-free petrol system - "easy fuel". The car is central locking, as you would expect, with two remote keys being supplied. I like the fact that the electric front windows are "one touch" - and that the mirrors are body coloured and fully electrically adjustable.

            Inside things are equally well specced. The seats are nothing exciting, but they are comfortable enough and can be adjusted, as can the seat belt. There's isofix, though the ability to switch off the front air bag is non-standard. Other features will also vary depending on how you configure your car, I don't have rain-sensing wipers for example, but I particularly like the idea of a heated front windscreen, which is standard to the zetec, though I haven't had an opportunity to test this as yet, other than to clear condensation which it did really quickly. The aircon, which I've used pretty extensively, is very good, and all in all the comfort level of this car is excellent. I find the lack of dashboard reflection on the windscreen a real plus (something which put me off the purchase of other cars I sat in), and I visibility through the front and rear windscreen is very good and makes manoeuvring a breeze.

            I find the USB port (non standard) is a real boon for listening to music - the central controls are pretty easy to use, even for me, I've been able to connect my phone to the car via the bluetooth connection and even use the steering wheel controls to answer and make calls hands free! The stereo seems to be of quite good quality and mostly all the little touches on this car are nicely done, though I would have preferred a more accessible coin tray - strangely the only little drawer is almost hidden to the right of the steering wheel and has to be accessed by pushing a clip, in fact I didn't even find it for weeks! They also could have been a bit more generous on some of the styling, the glove pocket interior is a bit grim, and I do find also that the interior is a bit plasticky and flimsy in parts, the arches around the windscreen being a case in point.

            All that said, the most important thing to me is that I've found that the car drives really well. The leather-finished steering wheel is light to the touch, I find the driving position perfect for my needs - and you can adjust everything including the wheel and seat belt position to your comfort. I find that the car is easy to manoeuvre, and I don't particularly feel the need for a sixth gear. Being used to a VW I did find myself crunching the gears whilst putting into reverse at first, but actually I got remarkably used to this car very quickly - maybe as I've driven my husband's Focus a fair bit and also used to own a Ka. This car drives "like a ford" - ie it is remarkably forgiving on gear changes, smooth and the engine is quiet and yet responsive. I don't find that the 1.25 engine is inadequate in any way, as this is a fairly light car the acceleration is more than enough for driving around town, and when I've driven on the motorway I've felt more than comfortable too.

            Fuel consumption wise, thanks to the on-board computer, also accessed from the steering wheel controls, I can tell you exactly how fuel hungry this car is - around town I seem to average 35.6 mpg for very short trips, whilst on the motorway I can reach the heady heights of 48mpg, my husband tells me that this isn't noticeably that much better than his Focus.

            I find that for driving 2 kids around and getting myself from A to B this car is pretty ideal. The boot is surprisingly spacious for a small car; it will hold a week's family food shop with ease. Though the car does feel small in terms of being easy to drive, there's no feeling of being crammed in or that this car is less comfortable. Along with many small cars this one isn't particularly cheaper than its bigger brothers - I bought mine second hand, at 5 months old and with a couple of thousand miles on the clock for around the £10000 mark, and could actually have got a larger Focus for the same price or less, which given that the fuel consumption is not noticeably different makes the car a choice rather than an economy. I just happened to want a small car.

            My car benefited from Ford 7 day free insurance when I bought it, and is still under warranty, though I haven't had cause to use this yet, and also hope to avoid having to use the 2 year free roadside assistance. I haven't owned this long enough maybe to comment on long term reliability, however so far my motoring has been refreshingly hassle free.

            Overall, as you can probably tell, I'm delighted with this car, and really pleased that I chose it over some of the alternatives I looked at. I can find very little to fault at all - if you are looking for a smaller car this is definitely one to consider; admittedly you won't be driving anything very original as there are plenty more of these on the road, but you may well come to the conclusion that I have, that this car is popular for a reason. It's just a great car to drive!

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              09.08.2009 15:44
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              Affordable little runner perfect for commuters

              The Ford Fiesta - a British stalwart in the motor industry. These cars are economical, unspectacular but (almost) perfect for commuters and nipping to the shops.

              *Affordability*

              My Fiesta 1.3, which is about 9 years old with 40k on the clock set me back £1,000. I think this is an excellent price for a second hand 3 door hatchback, as new models cost £10,595! Also the MPG averages out at around 40, which is excellent, and means I can fill my tank on current prices for about £25!

              *Quality*

              No obviously a Ford is not a Lambo, so the finishing of the interior is not fantastic - the seats creak, the built in stereo has six radio presets and a tape player, and the gear stick knob came off in my hand! But, for the price one cannot complain really, it gets me from A to B, and my gear stick is back on with super glue's help.

              *Engine/Mechanics*

              The acceleration is god awful, 0-60 in about 70 seconds, but then again this isn't built for speed, it's a convenience car not a sports car! The engine gives you value for money and works, not once has it failed me, I cannot fault it. The clutch can be a bit jumpy at times, but it is the same as any car, you have to get used to it and learn how it drives and then you'll love it.

              *Conclusions*

              A comfortable, affordable, unspectacular hatchback that does it's job without moaning. The engine does not fail, the seats keep you safe and comfy, and the economy is wonderful. Second hand prices are superb.

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              Why oh why can't I afford one???

              Its a wierd feeling to get back behind the wheel after three years. But, this car is the one to do it in!
              The circumstances of my driving one of these are that my instructor has one - i'm in the process of breaking all my bad habits to retake my test. So, not much choice in the car, to be fair, and i'm not a big fan of fords to begin with.
              My mind has been changed. This car, despite its small size and unusual looks has one hell of a lot of poke - it'l happily take my heavy feet and smile while it's doing it.
              Comfortwise its pretty good - the seats are firm enough to be comfortable without being hard enough to make your arse ache.
              Featureswise, its also well equipped. The aircon is pokey enough to cool the car quickly with little noticable loss of power and response from the engine, the screenclear (both front and rear) is also very fast acting. The sound system is, quite frankly, one of the best sound quality i've heard from a standard system in a while, with CD and Radio.
              The layout, from the drivers point of view, is equally well thought out - everything is within easy reach - the only criticism is that the front/rear demisters could be more clearly labelled as its hard to tell the difference at a glance.
              Overall, i've been very impressed with this little car, and if, when i've gotten the hideous pink licence back, i can afford one, it'll definately go top of the shopping list.

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                24.07.2008 19:52
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                A good value, good to drive hatchback.

                We've got a 1998 1.25 Zetec 3dr, its only done 50000 miles so its still in good condition.
                What makes these cars is that lovely smooth, revvy Zetec engine, developed with the help of Yamaha apparently. Its powerful and economical, 75 Bhp out of 1.25 litres is good.
                This combined with the smooth taught ride and handling, and the responsive sharp steering make it a sporty drive, but not fidgety or tiring. BMW could learn a few things from this car for the new Mini!
                Equipment levels are good, with power steering, aircon, rear spoiler and fog lights all standard.
                Servicing is cheap, everyone knows how to work on a Ford and parts are readily available, just make sure you use the correct 5W/30 oil or you will cause running problems.
                Cambelt change is at 10 years or 100k miles, but I'd advise doing it a little before if you want to be safe.
                Also keep a close eye on the lower body work, door bottoms, sills, wheel arches etc, they can rust there, so pressure wash the wheelarches after winter and apply some rustproofing wax if necessary.

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                29.04.2008 17:30
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                Overall cheap car to run.

                I think this car is absolutely great, we are now on to our third Ford Fiesta Zetec and we are in the process of selling our 2003 Ford Fiesta Finesse. We have just purchased A green 1998 three door 1.25 Fiesta Zetec. The interior is not as good as the newer 2003 model as in quality of materials but the general layout is good and with heated front and rear screens will be a real bonus on those frosty winter mornings when most of my neighbours will be scrapping away at their windscreens! I find this little car great fun to drive with good handling and a wonderful engine which is only 1.25L giving good full economy cheap road tax and low car insurance ( group five I believe). I was told that Yamaha helped ford design the Zetec engine and if this is true I am not surprised. It is much more refined than the old rattley fiesta engines of old but beware I have been told that they need a good quality oil so it is probably worth investing in something half decent. My only real complaint is that as this is only a three door model when you pull back the front seats to get into the back of the car the seat is sprung loaded and always springs back which means if you have both hands full with shopping etc it can make it a real bind loading up the car. Overall I would recommend these great little cars to anyone as they are cheap to run and service as well as never having any major problems they are reliable as well.

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                  *** I posted this review on the site approx. half an hour ago in the wrong catergory so have re-placed it here. I am meanwhile trying to alert dooyoo so they can remove my previous opinion. Many Thanks - emma *** This review is on my new car that I bought a little while ago (Well it's not new - it's used actually) My car is the Ford Fiesta from the year 1997. It has the standard 1.25 Zetec engine but the car itself is actually a LIMITED EDITION and is therefore called a Ford Fiesta Fusion. (But this is just the edition name - the cars engine etc is the Zetec) A little about the car itself: It is the middle shape of the Fiesta (Not the old shape) It has a standard 1.25 Zetec engine 16V 3Door Available mostly in metallic paint Year of production: 1997 Can come with electric windows/central locking/sunroof Hatchback Runs on petrol Manual As I was looking for a first car, my Father and I were not looking on spending much. The cars we had in mind were along the lines of the older Fiestas, the Vauxhall Corsa's and the Renault Clio's. But when we came apon this car that has an average PARKERS price of just over £1500 we decided to check the car out. It was a neighbour that owned the car and he had already got a new one so a quick sale was an option. So when we offered him £1300 he kindly accepted with no hesitation. (yey!) I will tell you as much about my car as I possibly can as I highly recommend it for any parents or students out there looking for a first car! INTERIOR My seat covers are a blue colour, very simply designed with no extroadinarily horrible colours or patterns. Not all Fiesta's like my own come with this interior seat cover but they do have very simpe, basic patterns. Seat belts are fitted in all seats as is standard in all cars these days. The dash board is all very basic but also quite modern. I have the standard Ford CD player and ra
                  dio, all my air vent and light controls and a small tray near my gearstick. When I say it is very simple - I mean there is a lack of coin trays, secret draws and things to accomodate junk! I also lack a cigerette lighter. The dash is not ugly in anyway through the basicness, it is actually quite appealing. I do not have central locking nor electric windows but for a car of this age - this is available. The two front seats are very easy to adjust forwards and backwards and as the car is a 3 door they also slide forward to allow people to get into the back of the car. This car is also available as a 5 door. The drivers seat is comfortable and everything you need is set out basically in front of you. The dashboard shows the milage, speed in mph, petrol and temperatures. The passenger side is very spacious for such a small car with only 3 doors. Leg room is fantastic and there is room for useful cup holders. It is also realtively spacious in the back of the vehicle as well although this usually isn't that important when buying a second hand small car. The handles for the doors in the inside of the car need to be pushed in when locking the car rather than pushing down a knob on the door near the window. I like this - it's different and easy to remember. The interior is very upmarket and the sunroof is also very easy to adjust and use. The sunroof does not slide across - only upwards. The rear of the car is also quite spacious - enough room for an average amount of shopping bags! EXTERIOR From the outside, these Fiesta's look a lot nicer than the standard older models. They are very sophisticated although simply designed which is probably why they are such a common car. Most of the Fiesta's from this year are in metallic paint but there are a few that are not. Mine is a metallic maroon but silver is the most popular colour. The bumpers tend to be black and basic although there are a few out there that have c
                  olour coded bumpers. The petrol cap does not need a key to open which is convenient. The locks are small and simple as Ford keys are rather different to other car keys. Generally the Fiesta is a very nice, pleasant car to look at. DRIVING To drive this car you have to understand that there is no PAS (Power Assisted Steering) although don't let this put you off - the steering is rather light. The pedals are easy to use as well as the gears and handbrake and also your lights and indicators. This car is very pleasant to drive - very smooth and economical. As this car is a limited edition it is a little faster than most Fiesta's. I love driving my Fiesta Fusion - it is very nippy and can reach top speeds for such a small car. It can also be very relaxing to drive my car and also quite fun! (HeHe!) WHY THE FIESTA? I'm sure many of you are probably aware that the Ford Fiesta is the most popular first car for young drivers. (And old at that!) Whether it be the older models or the new ones - the fiesta is basic but popular, very economical, safe and fun! Many people recommend these cars for many reasons! I would recommend that if you are aiming to shop around for a car - search carefully. There are many older shaped Fiesta's priced at the same prices as the newer shaped ones - It's just a matter of being patient and finding the right one. I've been searching for nearly a year for a car and then one day the perfect one comes along! The Ford Fiesta's are highly rated (Especially by me!) Some say the newer Ford KA is taking over the Fiesta but it really isn't. The Fiesta has been around for years and I'm sure its got a few more years left in it yet! Ford is a very decent manufacturer that I would definitely buy from again. There are many different types of Fiesta that have been produced over the last few years. Look out for: Thr E-Diesal The Ghia The Zetec The Fine
                  sse The Freestyle The LX The Flight And the least well known 'The Fusion' which I own. The R Reg (1997) model that I own is estimated to be worth between £1400 and £1900 depending on the condition. The average milage of this car is 80-90K. (Mines only done 52K!!) They tend to be rather basic but depending on what the first buyers chose to have fitted in the car - it can change. This model does not have PAS but I would say the steering is quite light and easy to handle. Tax is cheap and the tank is also quite cheap to fill up. My Fiesta was made at Dagenham in Essex which may be a better place to look for newer Fiesta's. Due to the owners who bought my car from new I do lack a few things that would be nice to have such as the electric windows and central locking but for the price I payed for this car I am very happy with what I have. The basic interior can always be added to - if you have a local scrap heap you will always find parts there. The general condition of my car is fantastic, no marks, dents or problems and it passed its MOT this week. It is under milage and I am only the third owner so all in all I would really look out for these fantastic cars by Ford. They're cheap to buy, insure and look after and run. You just need to find the right one by searching a little and by being patient. I hope this review has helped any potential car buyers out there, especially if you are on a tight budget or are looking for your first car. Thanks for reading Cheers Emma x

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                    08.10.2001 17:19
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                    I have had my Fiesta now for about 2 months, after spalshing out near on all my savings, I must say, I cannot complain. The fiesta, dominant in the small car sction since the 1970's has such a rich heritage. I plumped with this as I new people who had it, and they said it was very good. It hs a tried and tested chassis, which handles very well around the bends, and allows the car to operate smmothly when travelling at high speeds, in a straght line! The top wack is in exccess of 100mph, and I must say, I have never got it up there as of yet. This is plentiful for todays urban highways. The best bit is this car is designed for our world, a world where traffic jams are an everyday occurence, this is why the Fiesta deals exceptionally well whilst in traffic. The clutch is very smooth, as is the accelorator, and the gear change is precise and easy. The car is very nippy and accelrates just quick enough for your normal commuter life style. The looks of the car arnt my favourite point, the front looks like a childs model car, and almost has a baby face. Definately one for the ladies. However the zetec adds a little bit of finnesse in to the equation, with spots at the front, and a little rear spoiler to give a more agreesive nature to the car. In my opinion, if you have a family, there are better offering available, try the superb ford focus! However if you are single, or just a couple, the the Fiesta is a great little car to have parked on your driveway.

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                      ~ ~ This little beauty, the Ford Fiesta, is still arguably the best car in the supermini sector, despite huge opposition from the Japanese manufacturers in particular. Between us, my wife and myself have owned a total of four Fiestas over the years, dating back to the earliest models in the 1970’s, and it’s a small car I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for. So onto the new Fiesta. ~ ~ The biggest trend in the new car market in recent years has been drivers “downsizing” from larger cars, that has resulted in a huge increase in the demand for cars like the Fiesta. However, lots of these ‘new’ customers have brought along many of their large car preferences with them, and demand that the smaller cars they now purchase have such luxuries as air-conditioning, CD players, central locking, and alloy wheels. These new purchasers of compact cars have also made it abundantly clear to the manufacturers that they don’t want constant reminding of their reduced status when they are behind the wheel, and that the performance, ride, handling and refinement must all be of unquestionable quality. The Fiesta, despite its small size, meets all of these requirements admirably. ~ ~ The 2001 model, apart from a minor exterior facelift and a totally new front end, has not really undergone any major changes since 1999. The most recent three and five-door versions still use the long lasting “Endura-E” 1.3-litre petrol engines, that were first introduced by Ford donkey’s years ago in the Ford Escort, and that are also still used in the Ka “citycar”. Some models now use the more up-to-date 16-valve 1.25-litre engine, and the top of the range Zetec-S and Ghia have the more potent 1.6-litre powerplant. ~ ~ Over the years, the Fiesta has simply evolved and ‘grown up’, rather than undergoing revolutionary changes like many of its competitors. The
                      new model has one very major change however – that completely new front end. This is the first thing that you really notice about the car, as it provides the Fiesta with an almost instantaneous on the road presence. There is a new diamond shaped grille, which is dominated by a set of angular and striking headlights, and the bumpers and side skirts are now all totally colour coded. The rear end however, which was by far the most stylish aspect of the old model, is very wisely left virtually unchanged. ~ ~ Once inside the interior cabin, various new small refinements have been added, which gives the Fiesta the look and feel of a much more up-market car. The seats are brighter and plusher with extra storage pouches on the more luxurious models. More extra storage space is added at the front of the gear stick, and there is yet more new storage area where the ashtray used to be located. The dashboard now has brighter and clearer graphics, with a new electronic odometer and LED warning lights. In fact, such is the attention to detail, you’ll almost get the feeling you’re driving a Mondeo rather than a wee Fiesta. ~ ~ The Fiesta has always enjoyed the reputation of being a user-friendly car, and the new model is no exception. The steering is both direct and very precise without falling into the trap of becoming over light, and the gearbox is a pure joy, being both easy to use and very exact. (How this car has improved over the years! I can well remember when trying to select a gear in the Fiesta was akin to a lucky dip, so ‘sloppy’ was the gearbox.) The car handles beautifully and is very obedient, doing whatever the driver asks of it with the minimum of fuss and bother. Ford’s little coupe, the Puma, is actually based on the Fiesta platform, and it shows. The wee Fiesta hugs the road and takes any amount of chucking about you wish to subject it to. ~ ~ The interior space is
                      good for such a small car, and front seat passengers will be happy enough, (unless they’re particularly tall) but the rear seat space is a bit on the small and cramped side. Boot space is adequate, and if required the rear seats can be folded down when extra space is necessary, and as stated earlier, there are lots of little storage cubbyholes inside the car. ~ ~ I suppose I better say something in regard to servicing. As you might expect from a popular car manufacturer like Ford, it’s reasonably priced when it comes to both cost and service intervals. Parts are readily available, and can often be obtained at a fraction of the cost at breaker’s yards for older models. Little rant from the ‘mad cabbie’ here though. All car manufacturers, Ford included, have the infuriating policy of tying you down to having your servicing carried out by a main dealer, often for up to three years. Failure to do so almost invariably invalidates your warranty. In a way this is fair enough, as the profit on new car sales these days is cut to the bone, in order to remain competitive, and it is on the subsequent servicing and replacement parts that lots of garages make their profits. But the servicing costs of the main dealers are WAY above what you might pay a smaller independent mechanic. It’s the main reason I never actually buy new, and always go for a used vehicle in top class condition. This way, I can pick and choose whom I use for my servicing and repairs. I have my own little ‘back street’ mechanic who looks after all my repair and servicing requirements at a fraction of what I would pay a large garage. This is becoming increasingly difficult however, as cars are now becoming far more sophisticated in their use of computer technology in particular, and specialised equipment is now often needed in order to diagnose and repair faults. OK. Rant over. Off topic a bit, I know, but I wanted to
                      explain a little why service costs are never too high on my list of priorities when I’m reviewing a car. ~ ~ Back to the Fiesta. A big plus with the Fiesta is the fact that the insurance is generally fairly affordable, even for younger drivers, which makes it a very popular choice for first time and teenage buyers. It also holds it price well when it’s time to sell, so you can be fairly sure of a good ‘trade in’ price when it comes time for changing your car. With such a diverse choice of models, it would take too long to mention performance and fuel economy figures for each one. So I’ve looked at just two. The basic 1.3-litre, and the top of the range 1.6-litre Zetec “S” model. The 1.3-litre will move you from 0 to 60mph in a fairly sedate 16.4 seconds with a top speed of 95mph, and give you about 32mpg around town, rising to about 48mpg on a longer run. The 1.6-litre Zetec “S” is another kettle of fish entirely! This car almost (not quite) fits into the ‘hot hatch’ category, taking you from 0 to 60mph in only 10.2 seconds, and onto a top speed of 113mph, while returning highly desirable fuel economy figures of about 30mpg around town and about 48mpg when cruising in top gear. ~ ~ Prices range from £7,295 (£10,463 Irish Punts) for the entry level 1.3-litre, up to £10,995 (£13,087 Irish Punts) for the 1.6-litre Zetec “S”. Overall, the Fiesta range still has an awful lot going for it, and is well worth considering if you want to drive a small car but don’t necessarily want to feel like you are doing so.

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                        I’ve been a faithful fiesta fan since I passed my driving test when I was seventeen. In fact my dad has had every fiesta shape since the MK2 when he had a 950 popular plus. The fiesta I learned to drive in was an M reg fiesta azura; it was brilliant for me as it had some power but not enough for an inexperienced driver to be too daft. This fiesta was updated to a P reg 1.3i, which I still drive on occasion today; again it is a brilliant car with quite a bit of oomph when needed. The handling is good and sure footed and coupled with the ease of front wheel drive is great. I would recommend any new driver who wants a good all-round car for their first to get a fiesta. IF you are confident then the zetec range with the 1.25 16V or 1.4 16V power plant is very good [and fast for the boy racers :) ]. The insurance isn’t too bad either as this is a BIG part of the experience of a car. My parent wouldn’t let me drive their sierra until I had experience and the fiesta gave me that confidence to get over the learner blues.

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                        Friday morning 9h00 and I have just collected what will be my transport for the next few days. My initial reaction was dissapointment when I dicovered that the only car they had left was a fiesta, a car I have never been fond of. Well that is where the dissapointment ended. As strolled into the pick up area I was pleasently suprized to see a metalic black two door with alloys waiting for me. It was the 1.6s zetec(around a 104bhp) Ford in my humble opinion have come a long way in terms of styling and I was glad to see that the new Fiesta had not escaped their attention. Spot lights added a certain cheeky look to the front end as did the little rear wing. The interior of the car was spacious and I was impressed by the level of extras included, from a very capable but some what bland looking cd player to electric windows and leather steering wheel. The interior was quite sporty looking, seats trimmed in red and black and the driver side also including a handy height adjustment for the shorter drivers out there. The dials where white continuing the sport theme and all clearly visible. The controls all fell nicely to hand and although not quite upto the quality of the new Polo I felt that the interior build quality was none the less good. And so to drive the little car. The engine was an absolute pleasure, not an all out racer but a nice combination of power when you needed it and good manners for town driving. Bury the throttle and it may well chirp the front tyres before the traction control kicks in. the clutch was light as was the steering, power assisted I believe. The gearbox was precise and had a very positive feel. Braking (ABS) was somewhat eratic and although generally competent I found myself really standing on them to stop even from 30mph on occasion. Four days later and some 1500 miles down the road I was a little sad to be returning the car to Hertz (opinion on them to follow). My only minor gripe was the high level brake
                        light, it was placed smack in the middle of the rear window and thus always obscured the vision from the rear view mirror. Oh well nothing is purfect. Would I buy one? If I was on a budget yes. A Polo would still be my first choice but none the less you get a lot of car for your 11 000 odd pounds.

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