my mum likes the car but it has its faults
my mum has one and for the most part, it has been a great car. she purchased it last year for under 3000 with just over 160k on the dash and it was trouble free motoring for a while but then one day we were driving and i looked at the gauges and the speedo dropped to zero then back to normal and it didn't happen again until one day i got a call from my frantic mum saying the speedo stopped working then moments later it just stopped and she didnt know what to do so i told her to try turn it on again so she did but the speedo didnt work until abo...ut 5 minutes of driving later. this went on for a little while and the speedo wouldnt always stay not working after turning off and on again. we ended up getting it put on a friends obdii reader which showed a speed sensor issue so we tried getting the sensor and after alot of searching and my mum learning to turn the car off and on again while still driving we found the 100 sensor but after having it replaced my mum immediatly moved from the gold coast to melbourne and she didnt even get halfway before it stopped working again and now the speedo never works at all and my mum simply doesnt have the money to keep replacing the sensor every hundred or so kms so she has just mastered to get it off and on again in a matter of seconds and she uses waze to tell how fast shes going. she is not keeping the car because after the trouble we went through with the speed sensor and a run in with a cow she has decided she needs a 4wd. this car was great but it has too many little electrical faults like the sensor and the ciggarette lighter refuses to work despite fuses being changed and the aux input droppes in and out depending on what gear your in. but it was excellent on fuel despite being driven up a mountain daily and the handling and acceleration was not what you expect in a 1.6
- Fiesta WP (2004-2005)
- Verified purchase
Really Good Value for Money! Practical & Fun car!
Really fun to drive, perfect for city driving and very economical. Travel back and forth work 25 kms through the M2 every day a full tank will last 2 working weeks.
Owned 2 of these cars, the first one I owned purchased in 2015 (Silver - 2 door hatch) had an overheating issue, seemed to have sorted after flushing the cooling system, didn't cost that much to do, just a couple of litres of anti rust coolant. Also needed to replace the power window mechanism and spent around $200 for that.
After getting hit from behind late last year (Novemb...er 2017), the insurance company had me write it off, and I purchased the same make and model, only difference it was in ink blue. Already had about 151,000 kms on the odometer. But it seemed to be properly maintained by an accredited NRMA shop, so i bought it with confidence. So far just your regular service, and had to do an A/C re-gas. The power steering is making a bit of noise now, will be undergoing a service very soon, so hopefully that gets sorted. 155,000 kms on the clock at the moment. p.s. this delivers better power and handles better and has better A/C than the younger Hyundai Getz 1.6
Good small car, But!
The ford fiesta is certainly a wonderful small car!
The pro's involves great handling, good mileage, great speakers and its good looks.
The biggest drawback of the car is the transmission. The car shudders and struggles a lot on low gear(1-2).
Other than that it works great!
Fun to drive!
Has been good but not without issues
Loved it at first as the engine was efficient, handling was great and I loved the exterior look. Over time however the ecoboost 1L engine became more and more annoying particularly when on hills as the car was just not as responsive as one might hope. Issues also arose at the first scheduled service with a coolant leak covered by warranty, however at year 2 another warranty issue arose and by the end of year 3 the tyres need replacing after only 30000 km of mostly city driving
Good on fuel, handles well, cruise control but their cost saving design really annoys me!
Bought the 5spd manual Fiesta urgently after selling the Subaru WRX with little time to research. The car did well in a few department, but let down on a few.
Good fuel economy - 5.6L/100km (mainly 80kph suburbian driving) to 6.8L/100km (110kph cross country)
Good handling - For a FWD, the fiesta's corner with precision. I can confidently corner on narrow country roads at freeway speed (Can't compare with the AWD WRX). I won't be able to corner with this much confidence in other small cars in its segment.
Comfortable for long distance...
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. ...
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:
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 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...
Decent if flawed in some areas
Bought new in mid 2012. Only has 18,000km's on the clock.
Decent car for the money and has a decent list of standard features included but also has some glaring flaws.
Lacks reach adjustment for the steering wheel which the first german sourced model had. Makes it hard for taller driver to ever get a comfortable driving position.
Clutch is a pain in the rear end to use as it seems to have no real distinct pick up point (Bite) and has a mushy feel in its action though the clutch pedal. Most Manuals can become smooth and easy to drive ...after a few hours behind the wheel but over two years later it's still an issue. I'll be selling the car soon for this reason alone. Paint had some defects in it (Dirt inclusion) Still it's small and for the most part finish is ok.
Clutch Problems - Ford Fiesta
Brought new Fiesta in 2011 and have had ongoing problems with the clutch. When reversing, the clutch does not always engage and I end up burning metal accompanied by a loud sound. Very annoying and embrassing. Have been an owner of many cars and this has never happened to me before. Have gone back to dealer several times and directly contacted Ford Australia, who investigated and told me that it was a normal function and characteristic of the car. Seriously? Had I known this was an inherent design or flaw of the car, would never have purchased.
Good fuel consumption and body style
Good veh, but looks better on paper than real life
Good little car with a few short comings. Impossible to get close to the stated fuel economy, even when running premium fuel, Fords response to this was that all manufacturers lie about fuel economy (first vehicle I have failed to achieve the claimed fuel economy). My 2012 Fiesta from the get go, has veered towards oncoming traffic, Ford has identified the cause as a bent front strut, but will not fix the issue as it falls with in there manufacturing tolerances, driver side front strut is +0.9 degrees out, and the passenger side front strut is ...-0.98 degrees out due to being bent. What is even worse was being told that even if it was outside of Ford tolerance levels, it still will not be fixed under warranty, as it will be claimed the damage was from speed humps or pot holes. Even if replaced, I have no guarantee that the new strut will be any better. Other than the above two issues the car has run flawlessly, and the sound system was better than expected Price. Good visibility while driving. Nice design inside and out. No spare wheel. Really bad warranty. Fuel economy on combined driving is more like 7.1 not 6.3.
Average car with issues.
Purchased the 2012 WT CL about 6 months ago and have had the following issues: brake fluid leaking inside the car (into the drivers foot well) and the front left tyre was replaced and has since made a noise when traveling at 100kmh (the dealer isn't concerned but won't do anything about it). The car is nice to drive with plenty of acceleration (manual), but it does not like going into reverse and it can sometimes take 2 or 3 goes. The drivers seat is very small and quite uncomfortable with no lumbar support. There is no room to put anything in ...the center consol. I would not buy another and if I wouldn't lose $3000 by selling now I would do so. Zippy, fuel efficient, drives well, cruise control, nice looking car, easy to park, handy to drive in the city. Leaking brake fluid, uncomfortable seat
Questions & Answers
As a fiesta eco boost 1000cc got a cam belt or time omg chain?
I am considering purchasing a 2005 Ford Festiva. Are there any common issues associated with this model?
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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