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Brilliant little car
Firstly we have owned a few fords.
81 KA laser, 88 ea, 97 el, 99 laser, 2000 KA, 2000 AU, 13 fiesta, 18 eco sport. All have been amazing with their own quirks and features. The most unreliable by far was the 88 EA, but was probably my favourite to drive however. My Au was the best for maintenance and required the least, super comfortable on long drives but a bit much around town. We have also owned other brands within this period as well. pulsar, Magna, commodores, barinas, carnival, cx9’s and some that I’ve forgotten. CX9 is the best people...mover and work car I’ve had so far. I’ve also had vans from Renault, mazada, toyota, ford and Mitsubishi. Of all the cars I have driven the fiesta is probably the most fun. It handles like a champion, has a reasonable performance from factory, sips the fuel and has ample space. I often put tool boxes in it and attend small jobs on weekends when I don’t have access to my larger cx9. It is nice on long drives and great around town. The larger engines cars are more suited to long drives but this beats the eco sport hands down in ride quality and ease of use, the eco sport is too firm and sluggish compared to this. I find however that it is always searching for a gear in auto mode when you give it the beans. I use sport or manual modes and find that it makes a massive difference to the experience and overtaking of large trucks. It is an awesome car to flog around because you can do ever thing at a lower speed and remain within the limit when compared to the larger engined cars. Now that being said, it is built to a price point, plastics are cheap, quality is acceptable, features are adequate for the day and trim level. This car has only had 60-70k put on it from new. Been to Queensland, Sydney, Adelaide and all over regional vic. It will hopefully will go to central Aust this year with some luck. It’s been a short distance daily and is kept because it hasn’t skipped a beat the whole time. This hasn’t been maintenance free though. It’s had a few gaskets and a water pump go, plus some other things. These were all picked up with regular servicing and never became a large issue that left anyone stranded or damaged anything else. It also has that persistent transmission shudder but other than that, nothing noteworthy. Compare this to every other car I’ve owned it’s nothing unusual, except for the 2000 au and 99 laser. These cars were the definition of indestructible. 350k+ on the au and 280k+ on the laser. No major issues ever and they were only replaced because we needed a large car or needed the space. I would recommend anyone that is looking to own one to understand that any modern car will require regular maintenance and have its own issues. This one is not immune to this and will require frequent maintenance and repairs. I’ve worked with so many people these days whom put off servicing and the result is minor problems become major issues, and the car build quality is blamed rather than owner neglect. Best example is blowing up a motor due to no oil. If you drive like a manic, or neglect your servicing things break or wear out faster. Would I recommend this car, yes. It has been an excellent car and has continuously put a smile on my face when I get the opportunity to take it out. But it has issues like any other car. The transmission being the most obvious one.
If I could rate this car a 0 I would. Do NOT buy this death trap of a joke! I WANT COMPENSATION FORD! Never ending mechanical issues!!!! This is the last time this car will be going to a mechanic on the back of a tow truck because I’m going to be looking into a type of car more reliable! Ford, you have turned me off! NEVER AGAIN! My Holden Astra ran better then this! And that’s saying something. A car manufactured in 2014 should not of had its 4th run on the back of a tow truck due to mechanical issues! This car needs to be put off the road! It’s dangerous!
Great little car
I know Ford doesn't have an amazing name in Australia but I think we've had ours long enough now to write a fair review.
Ours is a 2016 Ambiente model, which we bought as a demo.
It's quiet, fuel efficient and has overall been a positive experience for us. There was one issue that was disappointing and we did have to get fixed ourselves (not at Ford's expense). Our battery went flat so we called out a mechanic to jump start it, afterwards the car wouldn't drive properly. After Googling it, found it is a problem with this particular model. We ...had hoped Ford would recognise this but they didn't. From my vagueness you can tell this was a couple of year's ago now and have had no issues since or any other issues beyond what is to be expected for an ageing car. The Ford garage staff in Tempe are really good. Don't recommend the Ford garage in Greenacre as the staff just weren't as nice.
A surprisingly brilliant car!
I picked up this German-manufactured WS Fiesta CL with 190,000km in 2021 as a daily for the humble sum of $2200. It was desperately in need of new brakes and tyres, and didn't come with a logbook (usually a big no no for me, however, based on assessment of the oil and fluids, it had been serviced in the past 10,000km and had no sludging.) It was in excellent condition with only signs of a minor side-swipe repair on the driver's door, made up for by a smart set of wide aftermarket rims thrown in with the car.
I expected very little, especially...given the reputation fiestas gained after the spate of gearbox issues with the introduction of the DuraShift dual clutch 'box so maligned in latter versions of the model. This Fiesta however has the venerable 1.6L ti-vct engine paired with a manual gearbox so none such issues plague it. MECHANICAL So far the car has been incredibly strong, as is typical of these "sigma" engines from Ford. It is quite torquey, and has consistenly returned sub-7.0 litres per 100 kilometres. It's also easy to work on for those who service cars themselves, with most components being readily accessible. Parts are also quite cheap and accessible, with things like expansion tanks (a common weakness) selling for $40 and being easy to replace without tools. Serpentine belt was $20. Brake disks and pads were less than $100 for the front set. It pays to run it on 98 octane, as lower fuel qualities has produced rattling/pinging noted in many reviews of the car from new. Further, it is common for these engines to get valvetrain rattle. As this engine has solid tappets, adjustment is a royal pain, though it won't cause major issues if left to be indefinitely. It also has a pesky timing belt, though the factory belt is noted as quite strong and has large change intervals. DRIVING
Purchased in March 2021 for $2,200.
Cheapest way to have so much fun
Bought a 2009 WS Fiesta LX with the 1.6 Duratec pared up to the 5 Speed manual transmission. It's an absolute cracking car to drive, awesome handling car, easy to learn manual in and the 1.6 has a lot of poke. The 1.6 has a decent amount of power (88kw) and super torquey (152Nm) for a small hatch. Like mentioned before the Fiesta's party piece is just how damn good they drive. Steering is spot on, suspension handles the bends with absolute ease. In fact the suspension is that good I'd say it's better than some of the warm hatchbacks out there. ...Combining the awesome handling with the good engine it makes for such a fun car to drive. Could possibly argue it's more fun to drive than some hot hatches. Gear shifts are pretty good as well apart from reverse which I'll explain in the cons. Looks are subjective, I personally like the looks of them compared to the later WZ Fiesta and previous Wp/Wq Fiesta. However the three door Zetec is definitely the best looker. Interior wise it's surprisingly decent compared to its rivals of the time such as the Barina, Getz and Yaris. Design of the dash is pretty good and the infotainment screen provides a good amount of information and customizability to suit your stereo base, treble and much more levels. You can also store up to 10 phones in the bluetooth system, change some of the cars settings and even got voice activation. The dash is straight from 2009 with a lot of buttons mimicking a Nokia phone. These are just some of the many features in the Fiesta however be aware in the base Cl model for the Ws Fiesta you don't get the bigger screen and as many features. My two biggest complaints about the interior is mainly the seats. Not very supportive in any model below the Zetec and have some pretty ugly patterns on them (especially the LX). Second is the fact while there is bluetooth, Ford has stopped supporting "Ford Audio" in 2018 so you can't play music through your phone bluetooth any more. If your tall and worried about head room theres no need to worry, I'm 6,6 and fit perfectly inside grant there is no leg room for the seat behind the drivers seat. Living with a Fiesta is very cheap and easy and again super fun. Costs very little to run, parts are pretty cheap and my Fiesta has done 167,000km and not one single problem yet. Cons with owning a WS Fiesta - With manual Fiesta's, reverse doesn't always engage fully or just doesn't want to go into reverse and cause a grinding noise. Pops straight in after however its annoying, pretty bad for your transmission and can be very embarrassing. There has been times when I've needed to leave a place quickly and the transmission play's up and is very frustrating - Paint fade is problem with all euro Fords and other brands but Fiesta bears the brunt of it the most. My Fiesta hasn't got paint fade but thats because of me constantly washing it and protecting it. My car lives outside as well so if you care about the paint and leaving it outside and not wanting to deal with the effort to maintain the paint best to buy a white Fiesta - As much as I love Fords and don't really like people commenting about it I do have to say build quality isn't the best. They aren't horrendous like some make you to believe but my Fiesta has it's fair of issues. The only main issue is the passenger window switch won't go back up but the driver can control that so isn't a massive issue however there are a few small issues that are cheap and easy to fix. Overall these cons shouldn't put you off cause Fiesta's are great cars especially to drive and also to daily drive/learn to drive in like I am doing. Would highly recommend them to everyone. Here are some things to consider when buying a Fiesta to help you choose the right one for you. - Wp/Wq/Ws Fiesta's are built in Germany, Wt/Wz Fiesta's (excluding the Wz St and Wg St) are made in Thailand - With the WS Fiesta all the manuals are paired with the 88kw 1.6 4 Cylinder Engine where all the autos are paired up with 71kw 1.4 4 Cylinder Engine. Obviously if you can't drive manual go with the Auto they are still decent units but I'd highly recommend the manual just cause you get the powerful engine, more fuel efficient, much more fun to drive and stronger
Purchased in July 2020 for $5,000.
10 years and still indestructible.
2009 Fiesta Zetec WS 3 Door. Manual.
I think it's made in Germany.
I have absolutely rung my car's neck since day one of purchase as a demo car and it doesn't miss a beat. Over 10 years of owning it l trust it extremely in many driving situations. Anyone that says they don't handle well is probably comparing them to cars twice the price. Read Popular Car reviews on them.
100km/h at night, highbeam, windy roads are a breeze. Traction control needs to be taken out and thrown in a bin though in my opinion. Light, well balanced, easy to correct st...
Purchased in January 2010 at John Hughes Car Sales for $16,000.
Great to drive, awful to own
Bought a 2014 built Fiesta, new, in 2015. It is a super city car: excellent seats, love the steering and the gears and the aircon. Boot space is good for such a small car.
However, the SYNC Bluetooth is not good. Have had persistent issues with connectivity that Ford Australia were not prepared to assist with.
The bodywork leaks. The joint between roof and body panels has a tendency to split. In my case that has resulted in the spare wheel housing filling with water to such an extent that my spare wheel and jack are now unusable. Ford A...ustralia have accepted this is problematic and have offered 25% towards the $1700 cost to repair, which I feel is pretty poor. They have offered nothing towards the spare wheel and jack. My window tinting failed, making the car unsafe to drive. This has been reapplied but was disappointing all the same. My car has travelled 30,000kms and is serviced annually by my local dealer. It is still a lovely car to drive, although I won't go out in the rain (and I live in the tropics), but overall my experience is not good. The car is supposed to be passed down in my family (just bought a new Mazda 3) but unsure what to do with it currently, so it's sat in my garage.
Purchased in April 2015 for $13,000.
Highly recommended!! Economical ✅ Reliable ✅ Practical ✅
My wife has owned a 2009 and a 2016 Ford Fiesta that were purchased new from dealership both have performed amazingly without fault. Have never had any of the issues I’ve seen reviewed on here which might be due to having maintained car very well with regular services always on time. The 2009 model we sold in 2016 had 120,000km and can confirm it is still running in perfect condition. I have no doubt the 2016 model will also perform the same. Some great things about the 2016 model is it handles well either long distance or around town, very economical with a full tank costing only 30-40$, comfortable drive with a little kick in it and smooth off the mark.
Purchased in August 2015 at Ford Dealers.
What a brilliant little all rounder.
Bought 2009 manual 1.6 in 2014 with 66,000km on clock for $8,700 and sold it for $6,000 five years and 50,000km later. A brilliant little driver's car with a torquey engine and great steering / suspension for a "standard" model. Had prerty much same performance as the 2007 Suzuki Swift Sport we had earlier. General quality is not that great compared to a Japanese car but it was super cheap to run parts / service wise. If I had a child looking for a first car this would be my first choice.
Purchased in November 2014 at Private seller for $8,700.
DO NOT BUY
Ford Fiesta Automatic Powershift transmission has been known to have issues, they have been fined by ACCC but nothing is happening for customers, I have gone back 4 times since I have bought this car in 2013 and they use excuses like it's my driving or I need to speed more on the highway. I asked how many times do I need to come back before I get a refund and they said until it is fixed, this was after the second replacement. I will never buy from Ford again and now I cannot onsell as I wouldn't put someone else through this. Absolutely disgusting, I have put in a customer complaint and received no contact.
Purchased in February 2013 for $20,000.
Cannot kill this cheapo legend
Bought 2007 model as ex demo. Has no bells and whistles thus my mechanic says it will go forever. So far put 178000kms on it and going strong. Pretty good on fuel.
Purchased in December 2008.
I bought this car in May 2013 and the cruise control was faulty not switching off and the car nearly killed myself and three children I took it back to the Ford centre and they told me that it mustveI bought this car in May 2013 and the cruise control was faulty not switching off and the car nearly killed myself and three children I took it back to the Ford centre and they told me that it must Have been my car Matt getting stuck under the Excelerator when it happened a second time after they had secured my car Matt they told me that it was just...me not the car until I told them I wasnthave been my car mats getting stuck under the Excelerator when it happened a second time after they had secured my car Matt they told me that it was just me not a car until I told them I wasnt leaving until they had somebody go for a drive with me where I could show them that it was gonna happen. Sure enough when I had the technician in my car it happened again and then they pulled it apart and figured out it was faulty never buy a Ford they try and cover up their mistakes even if it could kill someone. They even told me that I was buying a 2013 model on the paperwork it said 2013 model but ImThey even told me that I was buying a 2013 model on the paperwork it said 2013 model but on the car compliance plates it was a 2012
Purchased in May 2013 at Jarvis Cars for $16,000.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Brand new car leaked worse than my convertible!
The car was driven daily for 4 years. Within the first 10k the fuel pump stopped working and was replaced under warranty. After replacement the fuel gauge didn't work (mechanics failed to reconnect all the wires back up after fitting new fuel pump).
The car developed a leak in the rear left hand and right hand side of the car, allowing a lot of water through the left side into the boot and tyre well. Took the car into ford twice and they couldn't find the issue. Third time (lucky??) They listened to me on where I thought it wd coming through, ...
Purchased in November 2013 at Ford Dealers for $23,000.
Don'y buy the Automatic
Terrific car to start with. Purchased August 2015 with only 20,500 kms. Now has just under 59,000 kms and is not driveable. The powershift transmission has become dangerous. Car has been serviced every 7,500 kms which is half the normal period suggested. Ford Australia & our local dealer have wiped their hands as my husband did the engine servicing, now blaming a rear main engine seal for the transmission problem. The seals actually leak in the transmission & is world wide knowledge that causes the transmission failure. Not now sure what to do,...except to pay for repairs at our cost. No more Fords for us after owning 6 over our driving life. Bad service, poor customer respect, a totally unwholesome experience. The powershift saga is well documented on many platforms of the internet. Unbelievable treatment in this day & age. Ford America have a class action against them, Ford Australia was fined $10 million for bad treatment of customers. This is just a town car that also does occasional country runs, mainly by me & very few times by my husband.
Purchased in August 2015 at Ford Dealers for $13,000.
Purchased this in Feb. Already been 2years. Using this car on daily basis for work,visiting family,buying groceries etc. Fuel efficient.good average. Servicing this car when required or advised. Good for small family.
Purchased in February 2017 at Ford Dealers for $14,000.
Questions & Answers
Car won't start. Beeping sound when ignition turned on. Lights on dash work, but engine will not turn over.
I have 110,000 klms on the odometer and the car has a full service history (I bought it used) and there is no way of knowing if the timing belt has been done. I have just had a quote for $1500 to do both water pump and timing belt. I am thinking that this is too expensive and some people are saying to keep the original pump (it is good quality) and just have the timing belt done. I just had a look at what intervals Ford recommends and they state 150000 klms or ten years. Now the ten year mark has well and truly passed so it should have been done but there is nowhere in the service manual that I can see any record of this.
I had the water pump go much earlier than this. I put it down to the fact that there just isn’t the same amount of airflow to cool the motor like in older units. Todays engine bays are so cramped. Thi...s combined with the continuous stop start the car does on a daily basis I assume the pump and cooling system work overtime in Australian climates, until the car sees the freeway. In my opinion things like you have described are well worth doing as they could cause major issues down the track if left to chance.
Thanks for your reply DKT! Like most faced with a big repair bill I am searching for a second opinion.
I have a fiesta Zetec 2009 model only 66k on dial ,it has seized at transmission and can’t be engaged to drive or out of park, it rolls forward ,I have had a mechanic tell me that this is an expensive issue and needs a complete box which would cost an arm and leg is their any easier solution cost if available ,cheers
Look up the WWW. According to the experts this happens during hot weather and you'll need to drill the pinion hole larger. They even show you how. Don't panic and Good Luck from your fellow Zetec 2009-2010 owner.
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|Transmission||Manual||Automatic||Manual||Dual-Clutch (DCT) and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||15" Steel||16" Alloy||17" Alloy||15" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||5.8 L/100km||5.3 L/100km||6.2 L/100km||5.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||42 L||42 L||48 L||42 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.5L||3 Cylinder 1L||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 1.5|
|Max Power||82kW @ 6300rpm||92kW @ 6000rpm||134kW @ 5700rpm||82kW @ 6300rpm|
|Max Torque||140Nm @ 4400rpm||170Nm @ 4500rpm||240Nm @ 5000rpm||140Nm @ 4400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Thailand||Thailand||Germany||Thailand|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||5 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2013||Jan 2013||Jan 2013||Jan 2013|
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