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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

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        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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        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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            07.08.2008 09:47
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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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                      21.11.2000 07:07
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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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                        I must apologise to all you fiesta owners before I write this article. Ford have always had a reputation for developing reasonable mid-range cars for a reasonable price. I feel that they try to spread their resources over the focus, puma, ka, cougar etc. i.e. the new range and have pulled a cheap marketing stunt in a feeble attempt to expand the life of a sadly out dated and generally inferior car in it’s range. They even sold it to Mazda for goodness sake ! The zetec engines and the ‘new’ range is what ford have to focus upon(excuse the pun) now and develop a replacement quick. Why anyone would buy it over a corsa ,polo, 206 etc.,I just do not know what to say to them!

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