(30th July 2016) 2010 Ford Fiesta Petrol Manual Hatchback by storm
Needed a new steering column after 50k miles. Steel wheels are getting really rusty for a 6 yr old car. The gear shift cables started seize up at 60k and made gear change annoyingly difficult and squeaked. The rear parcel shelf seems to be made from a cornflake box. I was quoted £700 for a timing belt change by the local fraud dealer. Those massive front doors (on 3 dr)make parking in tight spots really difficult. This is a little old ladies car though they might get their legs crushed by those doors on a windy day.
(8th March 2012) 2011 Ford Fiesta Diesel Manual 5 speed Hatchback by jk
Just recently purchased a 1 year old Fiesta Zetec 1.4 TDCI from Lindsay Ford - Ballymena, for my wife. I rate the salesperson I dealt with very highly, with the few minor issues agreed on at purchase all being dealt with to my complete satisfaction. My wife is really very pleased with the way the car drives, all round visibility, well laid out controls, and excellent economy 58 mpg+ on longer journeys and 52mpg+ for town driving. Even better still, only £20 road tax per year, due to the low co2 emissions, and group 7/8 for insurance, which is really good. My wife was initially slightly distracted by the front heated windscreen lines but now, she does not notice them at all, and she has indeed appreciated the benefit already. I would advise all Fiesta drivers to get mud flaps fitted, as I did after purchase, and I have also purchased a spare wheel and associated items - I am an old traditionalist - and just do not like the idea of the tyre repair kit that the car came with. I know a lot of manufacturers follow the same rationale ie fuel saving etc, but I feel Ford have really hit the mark now with the majority of their new models. I believe this is evidenced by the upsurge in the number of new Ford cars on the road. I feel Ford should give us traditionalists peace of mind by putting a spare wheel, even spacesaver, and all the associated items - jack, wheelbrace etc in the boot. Overall, extremely well pleased both with the Lindsay Ballymena dealership, and the vehicle. I have only reduced the "love rating" mark, as I drive BMW and, this is superior in all respects. However, you certainly pay for this privilege. On the few occasions I have driven my wife's car, the more I like it. I may even consider changing my allegience in a year or so, when I change my car. High spec Kuga/ Focus (both diesel new models) look favourite.