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Excellent little car
Had car for 8yrs..GOOD::No problems..Handles well..Cheap to run..love the boot..gets my shopping in..Amazing..BAD::No guts for overtaking..Few blindspots..Air con not cold enough..my car is one of the last made in Germany before all the faults started..I drove through floods..Water just above door level..Watch Top Gears Test Drive..Done 115,000kms No signs of
Economy Class Ride
This review is in addition to my earlier review on 2015 Ford Fiesta WZ (S) 1.5L, 4 Cyl, 6 Spd Auto, ULP, 4 Door Hatch. Start car & it revs immediately & noisily at approx 1800 rpm for about 25 seconds. Then drops down to around 800 rpm at idle. Every time. (Why? To reach operating temp?) Unnecessary 'wear & tear' on engine & wastes fuel. Ford requires owners to manually support the bonnet by propping it up with a metal rod: Hey Ford, its 2017 - not 1960!!! Rear drum brakes? They are obsolete & ADR's should make them illegal on all new cars sold...in Australia. Seats are small, narrow & uncomfortable. Front windscreen wipers leave a splash mark on the passenger side of the windscreen which obscures vision. The rear windscreen wiper jet leaves a trail of dribbled fluid which dries to a dirty stain from top to bottom of the glass. (Very annoying!) The Menu for Audio/Phone is so bad, if 'Sync3' can be installed as an option, I will be forced to upgrade the dash. In response to the lifeless 1.5L 'Lawn Mower Engine' in the Fiesta, I got a quote from 'Garrett' for a Vehicle Specific, custom made: C.A.I, Turbo, Intercooler & Exhaust = $7K (+ Extras). The lack of Aftermarket Accessories for this model is pathetic & it's almost impossible to modify. Overall, a wholly negative & depressing purchase. Nobody 'twisted my arm' to buy it & it's 'Buyer Beware'. That's why I'm writing this Review. Hopefully to stop someone else making the same mistake I did. No wonder Ford shut down building cars in Australia. The Quality & Value For Money just isn't there! The End. UPDATE: But wait, there's more? Now, approaching 8000 klm (on Speedo), there is a very loud 'metal on metal' grinding noise when reversing. Only happens in reverse. Ford, predictably, found no faults & said there is nothing wrong with the car. My ears tell me otherwise. I'm not deaf! Do Ford make cheapest possible 'cars' - for maximum possible profit? The answer can only be: "YE$". Ford Fail.
- Fiesta WZ (2013-2021)
- Verified purchase
You Get What You Pay For. Unfortunately!
2015 Ford Fiesta WZ (S) 1.5L ULP. 6 Spd Auto. 5 Door Hatch. Ex Demonstrator: 6,500 klm. BUILD: Cheap & nasty. Held together by rubber, plastic & buckets of glue. Dashboard is cluttered & virtually unreadable. 'Space Saver'spare tyres should be illegal. ENGINE: Uses more l/100klm than claimed. TRANSMISSION: Unpredictable. Always 'hunting' for another gear. Lurches & jumps 'up & down' around town. HANDLING: Doesn't feel safe. Suspension not 'mated' to steering. ROAD NOISE: Worst of any car I have ever owned, including a 1996 Toyota Landcruiser '...Troop Carrier' Diesel 4WD! CONCLUSION: Style before practicality & safety. Economy & comfort: Fail. Resale value: Worthless. Would not recommend Ford Fiesta, of any model, to my worst enemy. This - is the 'Lemon' I should NOT have bought! If this is Ford's new 'World Car', the Company will be consigned to the Garbage Bin of Automotive History!
Good deal from Valley Motors
My Ford Fiesta 2013 performs well and the manual transmission is easy to use and the car does not cost a lot to run and the mechanics at my last service said the car was in good condition. I got a good trade in on my 2005 Getz from Valley Ford Traralgon and although the car had done a few kilometers I purchased the car for $8800 but AAMII indeed it for $11200
I have a fiesta zetec. It's the most unsafe car l have ever had. Would never recommend a ford to anyone. They are friendly at first when you purchase the car and then they are rude and not helpful with all the problems the car has had. The car is a LEMON. There needs to be lemon laws to protect the consumer. Will never purchase a ford again.
Ford sucks! Never again.
Got my car in 2014 as a demo model with only 3xxxkm on the clock. Had to pull teeth to include a spare wheel in sale since it's classed as an extra. Only after 8 months my aircon stopped working. I took the car into ford for a service and to see what the issue was with aircon. They came back and said since I had a stone chip in my windscreen that there was a hole in my air condenser and that I obviously drove on rough roads and a stone had flicked up and caused the hole. And due to it being an environmental issue it was not covered under war...ranty and asked me to fork out $1200 to fix the problem. Taking it to a professional has told me there was never an issue with the air condenser at all and Ford will usually tell you there is a fault with a more expensive part and while "fixing" the problem they find the real issue and charge you more again. I will never buy another ford. They are nice to you until they have your money then they treat you horribly.
Great handling but transmission is not consistent
Bought my ford fiesta new in 2012. Have done 72000 kms so far
Steering response is fabulous.
Boot space in sedan model is big for car of this size.
Turning circle is good.
3 isofix points
Started feeling gear shudder after 60000 kms. ...
- Fiesta WT (2010-2013)
- Verified purchase
Manual diesel is the way to go
Had a manual turbo diesel Fiesta from new and loved it. Economy was outstanding, plenty of torque on the hills and handled well on the bendy bits. Not much room in the back seats as you would expect but plenty of room up front (I'm 2m tall!). Doesn't come with a spare tire when new, well worth buying a spare. Being a diesel you need to get the particulate filter up to temperature on a regular basis otherwise they can be costly but otherwise brilliant little car. Only sold it as I moved to acreage a needed a 4WD.
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.
Questions & Answers
As a fiesta eco boost 1000cc got a cam belt or time omg chain?
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Hi, I'm looking at buying a 2010 Ford Fiesta LX that's done 90,000ks. It just had its 90k service.
I've had it RAA checked and they've said it's due for timing belt change (10 years/150,000ks). How much would this cost? And are there any other issues I should consider? Thanks
I purchased a 2009 WS Fiesta Zetec last October and found it required the timing belt change when I read the manual. Given the previous owner's attitude to servicing, there was no way it would have been done. I did this: I bought the required parts online. I could get them cheaper than my mechanic could. Change the water pump at the same time. Be aware that "timing belt kits" often come with camshaft seals, and if your mechanic goes ahead and does them, you'll then need new bolts for the sprocket(s) they have to remove to get at the seals. They are once only usage "torque to yield" bolts. I'd suggest not to do the seals unless they obviously need replacement- and get the bolts in first. I'd also advise to have a new accessory belt on hand, mine started disintegrating within days of the timing belt work because they're stretch fit and not really designed to be reused. If the car runs like a hairy goat after the work, the cam timing's out. This happened to me, there were 3 bolts supplied to "lock" the camshaft and the workshop used the wrong one. All up cost for me was $1200, but that included a service with oil filter and 5W-20 oil (the recommended grade), a new driveshaft seal plus fitting, a wheel balance and a few other odds and sods. If no other work is required and you don't change the cam seals it might be in the $700 to $800 region. My mechanic has reasonable hourly rates, but charged me $104 for "special tools hire" which annoyed me. Presumably that wouldn't happen at a Ford dealership but they'd undoubtedly find other parts "needing" replacement.
It's likely to be in the region of $700-800 although my service was ~$1200 including parts. I had the gearbox end drive shaft seal replaced, a wheel balance and other odds and sods. I also supplied many of the parts as I could get them cheaper online than the workshop could get them in. Be aware that many "timing belt kits" come with cam seals, and if the workshop goes ahead and changes them, you'll need new sprocket bolts as they're single use only "torgue to yield". In my case that caused a delay of a week while they were ordered in and fitted. Also, the accessory belt on my car nearly disintegrated within days of getting it back: it's stretch to fit and not really designed for reuse, so get a new one of those as well as a water pump kit. You may also need a new thermostat, or at least it's sensible to have the extra parts fitted as so much has to be dismantled to do the timing belt. If you avoid the cam seals (i.e. they look fine) you might save up to $100 or possibly more in costs.
|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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