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The fiesta zetec-s
Price:- I purchased my Car for £8500 with it being a year old, what you get for your money with is car i believe is exceptional! which i found was one of the main attractions, the price is fair and defiantly worth it
Exterior:- This car has a beautiful design with a already fitted rally body kit, the kit suits the car nicely without being to boy racerish but gives the car a very nice look! the car is slightly lowered to also give it that sporty look!
Interior:- The car can be purchased with full leather seats or half leather seats. both come in sport style which are unbelievably comfy and will suit any driver short or tall. the dashboard and interior are a very tidy and smart design with a leather stitched steering wheel! There is plenty of space in the back for passengers although this is class as a small hatchback!
Drive:- For a relatively cheap car, this is where i feel it excels, the driving position and smoothness that this car delivers is nothing short of brilliant and would be worthy of holding its own against those of more expensive cars.
My one downfall of this car is the noise, as you approach 65-70mph the car becomes incredibly loud, and can be rather annoying! other than this one downfall i believe this is a super car for any age and any family.
~ My Opinion ~
Personally this is the best car I have owned and has never let me down in the four years I have owned it. I have obviously had to change a few types, wind wipers and the odd light but I really am please with this little run about. The car I own is quite a limited version of the fiesta model and came with tinted glass, power steering, spoiler and alloy wheels which makes it look pretty sporty in my opinion.
Now that I have got a wife and had a little baby it has become the perfect vehicle for transporting all her handbags and all his baby toys, pram and lots of room for the wife's shopping (you know what I mean lads!).
I have currently drove 70,000 miles on the clock and it is still functioning like a dream and has never broke down (touch wood) to this day. I am really proud that my car has done so many miles and got me to every destination no matter how far or what type of weather it was it got me there safe and sound.
Another fantastic advantage of having a ford is that parts are pretty much available to buy and at a reasonable price especially if you're clever enough to fit parts of your own.
~ Price and Finance ~
I originally bought my ford fiesta from a polar ford for around £7,500 and traded my old ford escort in for around £500. The total cost of the car was £10,000 over a four year period which was around £200 per month. Quite expensive I know especially if you don't have a healthy deposit to put down like me. I have finally paid it off and the proud owner a nice ford fiesta.
~ Comfort ~
The car inside is very comfortable and has adjustable chairs and settings along with cup holders and more cubby holes that you know what to do with. If you have lots of kids then this will allow them to store drinks cartons in the back without the worry of spillage or mess. We have recently installed a car seat for our little one and is perfect for installing the seat into a comfy position for him.
There is enough leg space for back and front and with the correct settings of seats, all passengers at full capacity should have a nice comfy journey to their desired destinations.
~ Ratings and Conclusion ~
Overall the best car I have had, although it doesn't have all the latest gadgets such as voice recognition and heating wing mirrors but it does a grand job at keeping me safe, comfy and getting me from A to B.
The boot storage space is quite decent in size and the leg room is also reasonable in size. For the price I paid I feel that I have had a good quality car for what I paid and have been very happy with it from day one, I would fully recommend this car and make to anyone.
Finance deal: 3/5
I have a tdci engined zetec s its great just as quick as the petrol and its only £35 a year to tax and great on fuel i was thinking of having the ecu remapped but im still happy with the performance it has as standard time will tell if i need the remap
I previously had a fiesta 1.3 finesse which look pretty similar but without the sports and nice little features, I much prefer the zetec S and definately wont be changing anytime soon! The dashboard lights are a pleasure to look at at nighttime when driving, colours and clarity are fantastic! The seats are really comfortable and are slightly shaped to your back and the gear shift is small for quick gear changes. I've found the the driving experience is much better in a sports version of the fiesta. Its fun to drive, unlike the finesse which honestly was a little boring. The car hugs the corners of the road and you can get upto speed in the zetec nice and quickly if needed - e.g. overtaking or zipping out of bad drivers' way! Headlights in mine are nice and bright at nighttime, and i love the higher brake light at the rear on the boot - fancy little extra! I would highly recommend a test drive, it might not be for everyone as some people find them to small, but its just right for me!
Firstly I think some of the other reviews on this site are a little misdirected. Having just sold my Ford Fiesta Zetec S after 4 years, I guarantee it has never lacked in the acceleration department! My sisters boyfriend has a Titanium Fiesta 1.6, and having driven mine, he feels the newer fiesta does not have the great acceleration which my Fiesta has. Anyway, to the real review! Having bought this car from new in 2005, this car has never caused me any trouble, despite being a clutch riding, over-revving, high accelerating, maybe a little over bold mid twenties driver! Whilst it has required new tyres and brake pads a plenty, the only other fault I had during the whole time, was an exhaust bracket breaking. The car accelerates well away from a stop, moves well through all the gears, and cruises comfortably at the 70mph speed limit ;) It feels like a better car than the price tag suggests. Audio works well on a standard system, and the car has more space than you might imagine, fitting my golf clubs in the boot easily. Overall I wish I didn't have to sell my Fiesta - however I'm moving to the US to study an MBA so no choices there!
When it comes to cars my boyfriend compares my attitude to my car like when I buy a new pair handbag... at first I love it then after a few months I start getting slightly bored and wanting a new car. I'm no way a car expert and no way claim to me but in my 5 years of driving I have owned 5 cars and driven 10 different cars which I can compare each of them against each other.
Prior to owning a Fiesta Zetec S... I had owned the following cars Renault Clio 1.4 16V (my first car but it kept breaking down despite it only being a year old), Vauxhall Corsa 1.8 SRI (loved however see my review), a Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRI (liked but got bored of it and went off Corsa's), then the Fiesta........
I would say my boredom threshold usually gets to about 4 months and then I start longingly looking at other cars wishing I had one of those instead. With the Fiesta it got to two months and I absolutely hated it. I actually knew in the first month but I kept quiet as I didn't want to offend my boyfriend and admit that I actually should have just test drove the car myself.
Now test driving the car..... I definitely should have done this however I let my boyfriend test drive it instead as the salesman made me nervous. The salesman who came with us was loud brash and just a bit of a pain. I don't like test driving cars at the best of times and having a salesman in the car who keeps asking your thoughts on the car every couple of seconds and leaning over you waving his arms around at you as you drive would have just made me crash. My poor boyfriend actually blames the bloke and says it was a sales ploy to distract him from realising the car actually wasn't that great!!!
This is one of the things that I really liked about the car. It does look like a really nice car, small but quite sporty.
The car has 16" alloy wheels, rear spoiler, front fog lights and generally quite a sleek look in comparison to the other Fiesta models to make it look more "sporty".
There is also a wide choice on colours both metallic's and non metallic's. I opted for a star silver colour, rather than black like previous cars.
The car is very spacious; very deceptive for a small car.
I actually preferred the inside of my Fiesta in comparison to my Corsa's and the Clio as it was finished off a lot better, and looked less plasticy and basic. The dash board is quite smooth looking and everything has a silver trim including speed dials and gear stick.
The back of the car is also quite roomy and 4 passengers could fit in the car quite comfortably. For a small car the boot is also quite large. Both the boot in my Corsa's and my Clio were a lot smaller. In the other cars I had owned I could never fit my boyfriend's golf clubs in the boot but with the Fiesta they easily fitted in.
There is a lot of choice if you buy from new, choice of interior colour, pattern etc.
The technical spec claims:
0-60- 9.9 seconds
Max Speed- 114 mph
The car is a 1.6 16V so for a small car you would think it would be quite nippy, especially pulling away, WRONG!!! The car feels so heavy pulling away and it's a lot slower than you would expect for a car that is branded as being "sporty" and made to look like a sporty car with all of the whistles and bells on it. I actually found this was much slower than my 1.4 16V Corsa. Boy racers will be disappointed, and if you are looking for a car that pulls away from the lights fast..... Don't buy the Fiesta Zetec S or your will be left sitting at the lights red faced (my suggestion would be tinted windows will hide your red face)!!
The car also struggles between 50mph and 70mph. I found if I slowed down for some reason on the motorway and then had to speed back up again, my foot was virtually flat to the floor in order to get back up to speed. Where I live there is quite a short slip road to a duel carriage way and at busy times I regularly had to drop gears in order to make sure I could join the main road easily which I never had to do in other cars. Driving at higher speeds on the motorway the car is also a chore...... the engine sounds really loud and like it is struggling especially if you drive over 70mph! (No comment)
This car was also quite reasonable petrol wise. I could fill up the tank for around £40. It is quoted that the car does 41.5 mpg however I would say this is more 35 mpg. I found that I didn't have to fill up as much as my Corsa 1.8 SRI which seemed to drink petrol and it was probably on par with my Corsa 1.4 SRI.
I only had the car 4 months and it was under a year old when I sold it so as expected nothing went wring with the car. When I bought the car it did have 2,500 miles on the clock. One thing I did notice that the car had a bad creaking noise if I had people in the back when I went over bumps or around the corner. If I had kept the car for longer I would have definitely have got this checked out.
For a newer car the brakes were also not as responsive as other new cars I have had. I had to put my foot down quite hard on the brakes. If I had braked this hard in my Corsa's or my car now (Audi A3) I would have given myself and my passengers whiplash. On the occasion I had to do an emergency stop in the Fiesta, my foot had to be pressed down really hard on the brake pedal.
I bought this car second hand at 6 months old and it cost £9,200 which was quite a good deal I thought. In comparison to other small cars it is priced competitively and in the same price band as these. I sold it 4 months later for £8,900 privately, which was competitively priced for a car that was 10 months old
The insurance group for the car is Group 8.
Probably the worst car I have driven and it has put me off buying another Ford. It just seemed so slow and no fun to drive, A nice car from the outside but its definitely a case of style over substance with the Fiesta Zetec S. A positive to come out of this is I have learnt to test drive my car myself before I buy....
~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~
Haven driven an SXi Corsa for a year i decided I wanted a change and the car I chose was a new 07 plate Fiesta Zetec S (CDTi).
I fell in love with the car from the moment I saw it, whilst the new style Fiesta's look easier on the eye, my older style Zetec S was simply stunning, with 17inch alloys and tinted rear windows it looked the bees knees.
Underneath the great looks was a fantastic car, despite the car being a diesel, it was extreamly quick off the mark and you'd be hitting 70mph before you even realised, it is hard to stay within the speed limits when you have quite a powerful engine underneath you.
Car is also built very well, I had a slight knock in mine when someone ran into the side of me and whilst it left its mark, it didn't do too much damage. The tyres didn't need changing until around 20,000 miles (about 18 months) and I never found a single fault. My Corsa had to go in the garage a couple of times (bought from new) and had a real problem with oil consumption, however, I never had to top the oil up in my Fiesta once in nearly 2 years.
For a small sporty car, it is also quite roomy, I regulary had 3 people sitting comfortably in the back and the boot was big enough to fit plenty of shopping in and my sister used to regulary use it to take her kids out and could fit 2 buggies in the boot.
The biggest plus of all though is the fuel consumption, driving on motorways I used to get over 50mpg and then no less than 40mpg if I was using it for short journeys in the city centre, a full tank of diesel could sometimes take me well in excess of 400 miles which meant that it was very cheap to run. Also, as it has low emissions, it is only £35 a year for road tax, which I am sure you can agree is a big benefit as it leads to substantial cost savings.
Unfortunately, my car was that nice that someone decided to steal :-( Absolutely gutting because I had got very attached to it and would have liked to keep it for as long as possible.
When my FIAT punto had to go into the Garage for repair, my breakdown company arranged a replacement car, which I then hired for the duration until my car was fixed.
The car I ended up with was the Ford Fiesta Zetec S.
less than 1000 miles on the clock, brand new car smell and acceleration to knock the balls off a brass monkey. I knew this was going to be fun.
Getting into the car, everything was in the right place and the sporty seats did make the ride to work at 3am very comfortable.
My usual trip to work was about 35mins, with this car, I can honestly say, you will struggle to keep it under 90mph. It literally just pulls away from you when you put your foot down.27mins was the time to get there.
The car was very easy to handle and going round coners was not too evenful. At speed there was a little oversteer, but thats expected.
Quality of Build:
The build quality on the outside was rock solid, and the car looks very very sporty.
The inside was a bit plasticy around the storage spaces, but other than that it was ok.
One word luxury. The seats were well designed, the cabin was laid out perfectly, the dials and all the things you have to fiddle with were there ready for you to touch without streatching.
Im a guy (reasonable well built) and to see what the space was like in the boot, i decided to get in and let my other half (shes the one that does the reviews on the 'girly' stuff) decided to close and lock the boot.
Now for those of you who are interested, I can tell you that if you ever try this, you need the keys to get out as I could find no open latch in the boot compartment. However, there was loads of space and I was let out after about 10mins.
It does tell you how many miles it expects to get from the fuel left in the car, obviously being a sporty type there is the extra engine power. To fill it up was about £38.00 and I managed to get 310 miles or so to the tank.
This car is a very sporty car and I recon my generation 20-27 year olds would love it.
We took the car to Longleat - Hampshire,UK Near the End we ended up going into the Monkey Enclosure. They saw the new shiny car and went for it. We lost a rubber bit from the top, which was kindly returned by a laughing park ranger and the screen wash squirter was recovering after a money tried to make monkey love to it.
The only thing I can say is (In true Jeremy Clarkson style -Top Gear) TOP TIP: dont take a Ford Fiesta into a monkey enclosure, cos you'll end up missing bits... On that Bomb Shell....
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.
so it's opinions your after....and it's fair to say that this opens a whole can of worms. i personally am wondering just how many people are going to take the time out to even bother to read my so called opinions on this or for that matter anything else. i mean just where is the sense in my finding seventy five (or more words) to best describe this product, when the stark reality is that no one in their right mind would even pay the slightest attention to these ramblings. so this is the part where i confess to not knowing much about this subject of which i speak (or in this case write)so i'll leave to ponder the unponderable and work out for yourselves that this has been a waste of my time...and yours
Now, I am not a fan of Fords. I never have been. I have always found them basic in the extreme. I have never liked the model shapes, faces or rears. They have never seemed to be able to make a decent executive or sports model and their middle-of-the-range fleet car (Mondeo – known in my trade as the Mundaneo) is unexciting to say the least. However, my boss has lent me her Fiesta Zetec for a month over Christmas and I have fallen in love with it. I like small cars. I will only ever own a small car because I don’t do enough miles out of town to warrant anything bigger. So, for the purposes of this review, I am pitching the Fiesta against other small cars I have driver like the Clio, Renault 5, Peugeot 206, Citroen Ax, Vauxhall Corsa, Nissan Micra and Rover 100. This little Fiesta has a high spec interior as standard. It has a CD player, Aircon, electric windows, remote control central locking, ABS, PAS, sports seats, driver’s airbag, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, alarm and immobiliser. The interior is a sporty design of blue and grey with a two-tone steering wheel (un-important I know but it looks great!). The boot is fairly large for a little car and there is plenty (if not loads) of room for front and rear passengers’ legs. All the steering wheel stalks are round and chunky and the dash lights up like a Christmas tree at night. It is very nippy and goes like something brown of a gardening tool. It appears to be economical on petrol for town driving although there is an over-whelming urge to drive much, much further in it. The thing I particularly love about this car is the remote control central locking. It’s clever. First of all, the sensor is extremely sensitive. You can unlock the car from behind or in front and on either side from a distance of at least 10 paces. When you do unlock it, the interior light is switched on for you automatically. There is a button on
the keypad to unlock the boot. When it is pressed, it does not only unlock the boot, but opens it for you as well (just an inch you understand, but still better than trying to find a button to push down by your knees with hands full of shopping and children). There is also plenty of storage inside the car as well as in the boot. The glove compartment is roomy and the dash has several little holes to stash away your goodies. I love this car, I think it’s great. I’m going to miss it horribly when my boss comes back to work and I have to climb back into my Renault 5.