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 $2,200.00.
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 $5,000.00.
Highly recommended!! Economical ✅ Reliable ✅ Practical ✅
My wife has owned a 2009 and a 2016 Ford Fiesta that were purchased new from dealership both have performed amazingly without fault. Have never had any of the issues I’ve seen reviewed on here which might be due to having maintained car very well with regular services always on time. The 2009 model we sold in 2016 had 120,000km and can confirm it is still running in perfect condition. I have no doubt the 2016 model will also perform the same. Some great things about the 2016 model is it handles well either long distance or around town, very economical with a full tank costing only 30-40$, 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 $8,700.00.
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.
Great little car
We bought a used, low kms, 2010 5 door 1.6 Zetec as a first car for our son. My wife used the car as a daily drive until he had passed his test.
The car is well equipped, economical, nippy and roomy. I previously owned a 2010 Focus XR5 and think that this fiesta is almost as much fun to drive.
We have added after market gator parking sensors.
Great car, can't fault it so far.
The dealer we bought it through was also fantastic...
Good little run around
The performance has been really good so far, after six years (and a few charges) I have only now had to change the battery which I think is rather good.
The car handles very well and is responsive to movements, it is good in traffic and comfortable to drive. I wish the Bluetooth didn't just connect to your phone for calls made and received but also connected to Bluetooth devices for music.
Love It Great Little Car
We have a 2017 WZ Fiesta Sports 1.0L turbo 3 cyl ecoboost engine, I have driven quite a few small cars over the last few years, but not as enjoyable to drive as this little car, it does long trips comfortably and very good city driving, delivers good fuel economy 4.7 to 4.9 Highway Driving 5.5 to 6.00
City Driving. My Wife and both drive it, she drives it gently & I drive it with a bit of stick, and it copes very well.
There is plenty of leg room in the front, possibly could do with some extra gauges.
Overall a very good vehicle.
Good Small car
Bought after Trading Ford KA2 Collection with over 200000 ks on the clock, Fiesta very Low Ks 38000 so far good car bought Manual, instead of powershift which was problematic, So Far fiesta is a great drive and, Like the Rd holding good power for City commute and nice handling, I have the CL model which is not much different to the LX or Zetec.
ECOnetic great commuter
had econetic for 7 years from near new. used for commuting long ks. never skipped a beat. always serviced with ford also without issue. over 130,000 ks from original tyres, brakes & clutch. changed all at once, clutch still had a heap on it, brakes still maybe 20,000. fuel economy is as quoted. regularly does better than 3.8l/100k. cheapest car ever! also good fun to drive, not a lot of power but good handling. nothing impressive with body or interior quality. panel fit is everywhere. comfort is bog standard, but thats what its designed for! stereo and bluetooth is good. AC struggles in high summer. heater takes ages to get warm. i've also been surprised with what i can fit in the back
Great to drive, park, fast, good visibility, good size boot.
I love this car it's quite sedate before you hit 80klms, but it goes from 80 to 120 in no time a no effort. Have to be mindful of the speed as very easy on the open road to be breaking the speed limit in a quick time.
Handles well on corners. In 8 years the car has had one battery replaced, nothing else and no other issues.
Awesome car!! Absolutely loving it!!
I have had this car for about a month now. With 140xxx on the clock, she still drives like new! Previously I had owned a 2006 Kia Rio and my Ford is so much better. I have had no transmission issues (which is claimed to be a massive problem in these cars). Good fuel consumption.
The engine can get a bit noisy but that’s barely a problem. There is also surprisingly a good amount of leg room, I can fit 4 people in this car (squishy of course because it’s a hatchback).
I as of yet have no regrets!!
Best daily car EVER
I used to own a highly modified 2008 Subaru STI pushing 300kw at the wheels. I sold it and purchased the Fiesta ST as a downgrade but boy was I surprised.. It's actually more fun and easier to drive! Besides going slow in a straight line this thing is literally a train on rails when cornering. Boost kicks in very early around 2000rpm so it's always feeling zippy. I get about 600km per tank of fuel. Very decent on petrol especially when I drive partially aggressive.
Have a 2016 Fiesta ST with the optional Mountune Kit.
I’ve prevously had a Honda S2000 and Infiniti G37. This car is obviously much smaller than those two, but doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch.
Very responsive steering and throttle. Only complaints are that the Sync Voice system is largely unresponsive and slow.
In all areas of actually driving the car, it’s excellent.
Love driving my fiesta. Have had no issues so far. I bought a 2010 model 2 years ago and she is still going strong. Very reliable and cheap to run. I regularly use the car to transport 3 of my dogs - two rotties and a maltese and they all fit comfortably on the back seat.
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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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