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The Range Transmission Sensor Replacement
Hi, I am looking at a 2010 auto LX that has done 160k as a first car for my son. Looks in great condition, but I am seeing from the above reviews that the auto models seem to have problems. Do I now discount this from the list? Thanks.
160k is getting up there, I'd be search for something around 100k and not ford if it doesnt have a conventional automatic transmission.
Thank you. I have been looking for weeks now looking at holden barina, astra, ford focus, fiesta.... Agghhhhhh
I am buying an econetic on saturday. It is 2011 model, with 200+ km on the clock. ls there anything i need to be aware of, other than maybe the diesel particulate filter problems?
If the kilometres were done on the highway the 200+ is probably OK. Manual gearbox would be better than 6 speed dual clutch auto. Diesels like long runs, not a city commuter environment. Be wary if it's a private sale re future problems although I think Dealer warranty does not apply to 100+ 2nd hand vehicles.
Thanks Stevo. It is a manual transmission, and the km were mostly done on highway. I have searched and searched, but can't seem to find any info about things going wrong with these cars, other than the DPF and the dry transmission they had in the auto's. Hopefully it's as reliable as all the reviews seem to think...
Can you please tell me if the 2013 Fiesta WT CL Front wheel drive , automatic, had the problematic transmission gear box please.
I have just purchased one today, I didn’t know anything about this problem unti now, when I found a receipt from Ford in 2016 for repairing he catalytic and oxygen sensors. After reading all the comments on here I could cry, I literally bought this car two hours ago. I haven’t had a car for 11 years!
The oxygen sensors are a normal maintenance procedure. I would have to check when the gearbox problem was fixed or changed by Ford. Our car was a 2011 model which had the bad transmission. Without knowing the comments you had read I don't know what the subject was. I know people who love their Fiesta. Ours had been driven in Sydney for 20,500 kms, probably in traffic & that environment may have killed the transmission or I should say the dual clutch setup that operates the transmission. If the car has its fair share of country driving & not a lot of stop start stuff it may be fine. Good luck & I hope the comments were not about any transmission problems.
Thank you for your reply Stevo, the oxygen sensors were replaced in 2016, thank you for reassuring me that that's a normal maintanance thing. What I am worried about is the faulty transmission box, ( I don't have a clue about cars obviously , lol) I have read that Ford Fiesta' models from 2013 -2016 were fitted with power shift gears, and thousands of them had to be replaced 68.000 in Australia, and that there was a class action against ford for the fault and the way they handled the complaints, two million complaints in the US! So having just spent my hard earned cash on a 2013 model, I am very very worried. I a driving it around Sydney so lots of stop start, (it seems to go better in the higher gears).ford extended the warranty for two years for this particular problem for all cars in that time bracket. The warranty runs out in June next year. I feel like I've purchased a big lemon, obviously the car dealer didn't mention any of this when I bought it on Sunday
Thank you for your response, best, heather.
I have a 2011 Ford Fiesta wt zetec automatic back at the dealers again for a second clutch replacement,first one replaced late 2017.After I dropped it off this morning I received a call from the service dept.saying I need to pay almost $800 as the clutch forks need replacing,can anyone tell me if the forks are part of the clutch or a separate component as I can’t find any info on the Internet.I also have opened a case file with Ford au as I’m fed up with all the constant problems with this dodgy clutch,many thanks in advance,Dozzie
Glad someone shares my grief! If you look on line at the LUK replacement kit I am nearly sure the forks are in it. I may be fixing the twin clutch myself the way I am being treated by ford. Last time I looked the kits were around $600 but that may have been a trade price . I do a lot of fixing myself & I think dealer service departments treat us like fools. It's a pity the is so much electronic & tricky stuff that needs special tools & takes fixing from DIYers. $800 for clutch forks is over the top.
Hi Steve GJ,
Thanks for your reply,I absolutely refused to pay the money to the service dept as I contacted two mechanic friends who both said “No Way” don’t give them a cent, you can’t have a clutch without the forks as they’re a major component,no forks ,no clutch.The service dept still refused to budge and threatened to move my car onto their used car lot.One phone call later, and a few tears to my case worker in Victoria and later that afternoon, a call from the service dept saying all was good.Stand your ground Steve and refuse to be intimidated,also don’t waste your time like I did, seeking either a buy back or compensation as Ford will argue that since the car was repaired satisfactorily according to ACCC guidelines,you have no case.They did assure me though, after I questioned if I had further problems with this new clutch, that they would replace it again,who knows,time will tell.It’s not worth the stress.
Ive read that the Ford Fiesta WT (2010-2013) has no temp gauge.. how do you know if car is overheating? Does it come up on the display ot dash light?
Also due to no spare wheel, can i confirm that a tyre mobility kit is supplied with the car as standard and where is it located? Thanks
Hi Kevin. I have a Ford Fiest LX which has a temperature gauge. Again for the LX, it came with a jack, wheel nut spanner and a biscuit wheel. Hope you will find this information useful.
Depending on model/option you either have a repair kit and pump or a spare wheel. If it is missing, it has been taken out of the vehicle.
Why do you want a temp gauge? Other than the overheating light that emits on the speedo, warning of danger, most standard temp gauges have limited range and use. They are quite inaccurate and usually move little when the temperature rises or falls 20 - 45 degC (example: pajero won't move from the centre marking from 56 degC to 105 degC). The cooling system on this car (Radiator) is huge, compared to other 1.6 litre vehicles (double the size of Honda).
What are the issues in manuals?
Hi everyone, I'm buying car but can't decide between Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2. I have 1 child but I only want a small car.
We don't have any children, so can't really have a direct opinion on that part of the question.
However, we have had a Ford Fiesta for 18 months and have been very pleased with it, hard to fault.
Surprisingly good head room...
Maybe the next size up from fiesta if extra luggage/space required??
Please don't buy a Ford Fiesta! Buy a Mazda 2. Biggest regret I have is buying the Ford over a Mazda :( :( Seriously angry at myself for it!
The Fiesta manual hatch is bigger than the Mazda 2 and has more power with very little difference in fuel consumption. It is cheaper to service and has longer service intervals. The only real drawback is it has a timing belt instead of a chain but replacement intervals are 150,000klms or 10 years. I refer to a manual because there are too many bad reports about autos. The Mazda 2 and the Fiesta both come out of Thailand.
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