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Not the best, but still great.
I bought my Zetec as my first car, second hand. It had 80k+ kilometres when I got it, and I've had it for 18 months and it's now got over 130k kilometres. So I know it pretty well.
I didn't know there was an issue with the transmission until one day I was driving and it basically stalled on me. (It's an auto). Acceleration did nothing. I rolled onto the side of the road, left it for 10 minutes and it started for me. A few days later, 2 mechanics and an auto electrician (and 3 more stalls later) I got it to the Ford Service Centre in Pakenh...am (Awesome guys) and they replaced the clutch (For free because so many of the Powershift Autos have the issue) It drove like new again. A few months later and the shudder started again, like it did before the stall. I took it straight to Ford in Berwick and they reset the transmission, and it was perfect again. Every day is different with this car. Some days it is really powerful and drives like it's meant to (A lot of fun!) and other days it's sluggish and doesn't take off like a rocket at the lights like it otherwise should. The features are awesome, I use the bluetooth audio every day. Probably once a month it will play up, but switching to the radio and then back again fixes that, you get pretty familiar with how to fix those small things. Other Cons:
Reliable and great service
I was lucky enough to get a Ford at Volcan Ford Wollongong, they gave me a great price and they were honest about the pros and cons for a first car. They installed cruise control for no extra charge. There have been a few little issues, the wing mirror and the under-car spoiler is expensive to replace, but overall I'm happy with my little car!
this car has big issue with gear box or whole engine.please never buy.only body looks nice.
I bought ford fiesta 2013 brand new from ford dealer. Since my first day, I found it has something wrong but keep on driving because it was my first new car in my life. I thought I will be fine after driving few kilometres. but never improved. now its just 3 years old. I took to ford service centre last week and they said nothing wrong with this car. they did not do anything at all. I have no idea where to go now. This car has transmission shudders, jerks feels like gear box is breaking down instantly and loss of power in the low gears speed.
Manual Diesel Fantastic
Great car.Manual gearbox is smooth and precise.Turbo Diesel motor is fantastic, instant power, great for hills, no lag, 5k/l no matter how hard you drive. Easy to self service. Nice zetec seats. Similar handling as a Mazda 5. Excellent solid build quality, high grade components that do not break. Highly recommend over a DSG gearbox that seem to cause the majority of Ford issues. Test drove a petrol model and found it lacking bottom end power as well as sluggish throttle return. I am extremely happy with this vehicle and highly recommend it.
Watch for Crook Clutches / Faulty / Noisy Gearbox
Had for 2 years and then traded after clutches replaced due to shuddering (known Ford DSG / clutch issue) , and the surfacing of gearbox noises. Dealer advised that gearbox would be repaired / replaced under warrantee if it fails. Had to wait for month for clutch replacement as there was a large queue ahead of us. Very comfortable car just let down by clutch / gearbox issues. Traded in on VW Polo after wife refused to drive Fiesta again. The Polo has a similar DSG gearbox to Fiesta but VW does not appear to suffer from DSB / clutch problems in past few years.
Good small compact car but POOR TRANSMISSION
Powershift transmission is terrible. It often shudders and have issues with shifting on lower gears (especially on road humps). Sent it to Ford to fix the issue, but after a few days issue was back. Every time I bring it in for it's annual service, issue is fixed but after a few days it always comes back. I've had the car close to 5 years now and it's getting worse. Although its fuel efficient and easy to park, the transmission is very bad. If I had known that it's a common issue with Ford Fiesta cars, we probably wouldn't have purchased the car.
Nice little big car with small flaws ...
Purchased in 2013 the 4 door version (LX 1.6 M Diesel). The car has sufficient space for up to 4 passengers, and if you squeeze it is possible to fit number 5 in as well. Obviously there are limitations related to luggage - it is a small car, after all.
Great features for safety as well as comfort.
Quite frugal on diesel (we need in average around 5.5 l / 100 km).
Drives well (and feels normally quite safe ... unless you decide to attach a trailer - DON'T!);
Reliability o.k-ish. In the first 3 years we had a broken engine fan rela...ys (resulting in the battery being emptied within hours), a damaged wheel bearing (after roughly 40 k - replaced under warranty), the plastic part around the air inlet did break and sprayed oil over the engine (as well replaced under warranty). So far due to warranty not a financial drain, but it took every time an extra visit or two at the workshop. Lets hope it gets better, now that the warranty period is over ...
Great car and quality built!
Sensational driving/handling, tyre noise on rough roads is sometimes louder than expected due to the hatch. Great transmission and love the direct gear changes making it feel like its a manual. Never had an issue and reliability is 10/10, only ever change oil/filter and wiper blades every 12mths. Not sure why people complain about the gearbox! Its design to jerk and shutter under acceleration and deceleration, same as a manual vehicle with twin clutch plates if you are not at a consistent throttle percentage. When you constantly go from 25 to 50 to 75% throttle the clutches are working to provide acceleration with minimal fuel usage.
Can't praise the design enough from ford to do away with slush boxes of the past!
Great Little Hatch. Poor Transmission
Good Car Poor Transmission ( Powershift )
Purchased our WT Fiesta new in Jan 2013 have had 3 clutches replaced only done 34,000km
the power shift auto grinds jurks clunks shudders it has a mind of its own...altho since the last clutch replacement i've not had a issue I get a little grind here and there when going up a hill but nothing like it was I believe this car & transmission likes to be driven hard... Get this Fiesta out on the hi-way doing 100km it drives like a dream handles like a sports car on the road fuel economy is great ( have o...
Fun little beastie!
2008 Ford Fiesta XR4 "WQ"
- 2 litre, 5 speed
- paid $9500 in Nov 2015
- 73,000 km on the clock
This car is my daily driver so I wasn't overly keen on going turbo. I love turbo cars but the need for expensive oil plus limited km between changes has put me off. Add the 98 RON fuel requirement and it starts to add up. Fine for a weekend blaster but for a daily driver it's just not worth it IMHO. The XR4 gets decent performance by simply putting a bigger engine in a small car rather than turbocharging a small engine. Simple and effective. 20,...000km oil changes and only needs 95 RON fuel. So I can use the cheaper-than-regular E10/94 RON. Win for the tight posterior! If you're after something that's fun to drive without breaking the bank the XR4 is hard to beat. Proper made in Germany too. Good solid car - how the Germans used to do it. Supposedly developed by the Ford mob in Europe that do all the "ST" variants. So it gets a proper working over rather than a set of stripes and a plastic badge. Firmer shocks, close ratio gearbox, better wheels mit low profile rubber, bigger engine with custom mapping, lighter flywheel and decent seats. I'm not usually a big fan of Ford cars but it seems the Euro stuff is OK. It certainly doesn't have the "designed by a kindergarten class" interior so common to other Fords I've been unfortunate enough to sit in. It's never gonna win "best interior" but, like the rest of the car, it's solid and functional. Except for the seats, which are just plain wonderful - they've managed to nail the brief of comfortable but supportive. Why can't all cars have seats like these?!
Would not recommend!
It's not a case of what is wrong with it - rather what's right with it.
I have a Ford Fiesta 2013- I have numerous problems with the shuttering, jerking loss of power and low in the gears.
It's an auto. I basically feel that it may as well be a manual so I can change the gears when they should change, not when the car feels like changing.......which is way too late, from a stationary position at lights, I am left behind unless I floor it. It may be at 3.6 on my revs.
It has been taken to the dealer ship every week since July, but apparently...
Had transmission fix 12 months ago, transmission shutter has returned, Brand new car what a lemon. I would suggest to people to highly consider to stay away from this car.
Seat Height Adjustment.
I wrote a rave report about my 2013 WT manual Fiesta a while ago. Performance is excellent, especially with the Magna Flow exhaust that I had fitted. Unbelievable fuel economy even on E10 95. No rattles or squeaks and nothing has fallen off yet. Apart from the fact of a slight over rev now and then between gears, I can live with it. Now comes the best bit. The driver's seat height adjustment. It is cursed with the seat constantly going down. The car has only done 22,000klms. I've had if back to Ford 3 times and on the 3rd time the seat was repl...aced. Ford have discounted the height lever being depressed when you get in and out of the vehicle. It cannot be done as was demonstrated to the service people, so therefore it has to be the design of the seat, right? The Ford Ranger had a similar problem but they have a replaceable base. Guess what? It still does it but only until it goes all the way down. I don't blame the service people because it's not their fault but when I get told that I'm the only person on the surface of this planet that this is happening to (after 2 seats), I steadfastly refuse to believe that I am the only one. My warranty runs out in March 2016 and I'd like to know if anybody else is suffering the same problem. I know Ford, as well as other manufacturers monitor these sites so I'd dearly love Ford to remedy this problem for me. EDIT: Since my last report and absolutely no response to my email by Ford whatsoever, I sent them another one and told them I have finally found the problem. They were HALF right. The height adjustment lever is situated as to give no leeway. I have found, the merest of weight on it from getting in and out of the vehicle, does indeed lower the seat over a period of time which makes their design WORSE than anything said about it. I have read reports about 2009 models doing it. I have devised a cheap and effective remedy and I have advised my Ford dealer that if they so desire, they can send a Ford Rep around and and I will sell them the rights to my invention, considering the fact that they have had years to fix their design fault and have not done so. Edit: I have had a seat replacement but that didn't work either. Have solved the problem of the seat going down with 2 cable ties, something Ford's engineers have been incapable of doing for years.
- Fiesta WZ (2013-2021)
2015 Ford Fiesta ST has proven to be a really awesome car. Small, compact but fast! Manual driving at its best. Fitted with a Mountune kit its has sports car like performance and a burbling race car sound.. Cheap to run and also fitted with glove fitting Recaro racing seats. Heaps of leg room in the front (I am tall) and ok in the back seat. Great around the town car and awesome during long distances. Would highly recommend.
Worst car ever
Iv had trouble with this car from day one transmission shudders and jerks feels like the gear box is going to fall out. Have taken it back to dealers 11 times and still no better . Dealing with ford and head office is total waste of time they are as hopeless as the car . Dont ever buy a ford
Unfixable transmission - stay away from auto!
As others have mentioned, there's a massive design flaw in the "auto" dual clutch transmission in fiesta and ford vehicles. There is no fix and they are unsafe. Currently dealing with ACCC to get full refund as Ford is mostly ignoring this global issue - class action already underway overseas!
Clutch failed at 4500 Ford say not covered by warranty car is a 2015.
I thought it was a good car to drive apart from changing gear from 1st to 2nd quite difficult to change
Interior was fine quite comfortable
Not at all reliable, beware of Ford warranty, clutch failed at 4500 miles Ford say not covered on warranty although this was down to [name removed] trying to blame bad driving.
Great little city car
Great little car, zippy to drive. Happy I made the choice to upgrade to the sports model, I'm really happy with the transmission.
Interior is really comfortable. Visibility is good. I do mostly stop/start city driving but fuel efficiency seems good. Performs well on highway/freeways too.
Love the capped servicing, and haven't had any problems at all at this stage.
Awesome little car, I had Holdens which always expensively break down, Mitsubishi which are great, and Hyundais which are fantastic if you are unfortunately in a smash, but this is my first Ford. I brought it because they are one of them cars that never break down, 3 years old only 20000ks had it for six months, love it! When refilling they take hardly any fuel, the gear box takes a while to get used to as its only semi auto but once you know how to drive it and get used to it. It wont handle like an auto because it isn't. But the braking power...is just mind-boggling, never driven a car that can brake like that. Also putting up with a weird gear box is what saves money on fuel it is just the design of my car is a sedan not the hatch it gives more room if you don't like wasting money on cars get one.
Best thing I've ever purchased
This is a brilliant little car that holds up not only in everyday small town roads, but also on long motor way journeys! I suffer with bad knees and even I find the ride comfortable on 2+ hours of motor way driving! The handling of the car is light and easy, and the add ons like blue tooth and the emergency assist help to make it so much better! Would definitely recommend!
Everything I could have expected and more
Very nice car. We got the car about 18 months ago. Very happy with driver and passenger leg and head room (I'm 6'3''). Very happy with audio, Bluetooth and USB capability. Very happy with driving performance.
Actually very hard to fault so far.
Done about 20,000km in 18 months. Probably deserves 4&1/2 stars!
Oh also fuel economy is insane.
We worked out we have saved over $2000 dollars compared to our previous V6 Holden in 18 months.
Great small car
Our Fiesta Zetec WZ 5 speed manual Turbo Diesel 2012 was purchased second hand in 2013 from local Ford Dealer with 8,700Kms. Has been a reliable car now with 43,000Kms on the clock with only a minor issue with the cruise control, which was a minor replacement of an electrical component under warranty. Chose the Fiesta because of the Turbo Diesel (Personal Choice) Is very economical returning 4.7 L/100Kms. Capped pricing for servicing makes this great buying.Customer Service from the local Ford Dealer is very good. Have had no other issues with this car
Piece of crap
I to have had major issues with my Fiesta 2012.It has been back to the dealer 4 times in the last 18 months with shuddering, jerking and loss of power in the low gears. They have replaced the transmission, and 2 weeks ago the clutch assembly was replaced.I was told it will always have a slight shudder when first taking off.If I could afford it I would get rid of it ( the service guy nodded his head when I told him this ) and never buy another Ford again.Obviuosly they knew about these issues when I first enquired about buying one, and no spare tyre to boot another thing they ommited to tell me, stay away from the Ford Fiesta and the Focus.
On to my second Fiesta, both fine
Bought my first Fiesta - a 2010WS manual Zetec - in 2010, for about $19K. Last of the German-builts. Seemed a better choice than a Mazda2. All good, great car if a bit gutless. I buckled 2 rims then took the hint and got CSA Swords all round for $800. Liked the handling, electronics, bluetooth. Cityford Rockdale serviced, no problems. Always used 95RON and high quality synthetic.
Last year I hit a kangaroo on the Newell and wrote it off. In a bit of a hurry, I chose a WT Ecoboost. Even better car. Same economy (6L/100k hwy) and quite toey. Tha...
Transmission Issues - UNFIXABLE
I purchased a brand new 2014 model Fiesta in May last year, so it is now just about a year old. Since day 1 I have had issues with the car's transmission. It shakes, shudders, lags excessively and drops out of gear while on the motorway. I have taken it in 5 times under warranty, and they cannot fix it. I have even had my clutch replaced, and still no luck, that actually made it worse. Currently my car is at the dealership while Fair Trading deal with them! DO NOT buy a Ford Fiesta/Focus with the new 'dual-clutch' transmission. This car is a safety hazard!!!
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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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