2011 Ford Fiesta CL 1.6


Great car let down by a crappy transmission


Rattle noises at certain speeds in the left front door.

Ongoing and endless issues with the automatic transmission.

Original factory Continental tyres are only good for 20000 to 25000 kilometers.

General Comments:

For the price and as a city car, it is spot on.

The good…

• Modern design and good looks.

• Great interior (when compared to others cars in its class and price).

• Amazing road holding; almost feels like a go cart around corners.

• Surprisingly roomy for such a small exterior.

• Good ergonomics, I am 6 foot and am able to find a comfortable driving position.

• Better than average stereo, with Bluetooth for your phone.

• Fuel economy at 6.5L/100km is on the good end of the scale.

• Air con is adequate.

• Usable boot size (again when compared to others in the class such as the Suzuki Swift).

• Under the bonnet, the car still looks like new; no leaks or issues of any kind.

The bad…

• The ride is a little harsh. I guess that is the trade-off for the brilliant handling.

• Engine sounds a little harsh

Here comes the big one, the Powershift 6 speed dry dual clutch auto is a shocker. I could write volumes about the issues with the auto, but here is a small summary:

• When you slow down or stop, it sounds like a mechanic just dropped a handful of spanners under the bonnet.

• First gear is useless; only engages for the first few seconds.

• Second gear slips; had it back to Ford several times, and they then reset and calibrate the auto. It works fine for a couple of weeks, and then plays up again.

• Driving up the hill into the garage, it will suddenly leap forward when accelerating.

• Auto smarts (computer) is pretty stupid. It doesn’t know if you're accelerating or slowing down. Many times it selects the wrong gear, or worse, doesn’t disengage when you stop in time.

• The auto is supposed to learn your driving style, but instead, if you want to live with this car, you will have to adopt your driving to accommodate the dimwitted auto.

In summary, I love the car, but whatever you do, get the manual, or if you must have an auto, look somewhere else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2013

1st Jun 2014, 23:34

Saw an item on YouTube re the electrical ground not making good contact where it bolts to the car body. This results in inadequate power to run all the electrical controls in the transmission, along with all the other electricals in the car. The bolt should be a certain type and the contact area should be cleaned, according to the item.

2007 Ford Fiesta LX 5 door 1.6 Duratec


Brings the road alive with passion!



General Comments:

This car is amazing; small, but lots of room inside.

Leather wrapped steering wheel feels great to drive with, corners like nothing I've ever driven before, and the engine just keeps pulling on the highway.

The seating is perfect, the gearbox feels amazing, and the brakes are strong.

The gear ratios are perfect, the exhaust sings like a choir, and the interior is well fitted and high quality.

Driving this car brings the road alive, you will just be so eager to drive it down a road full of corners and obstacles, because the car entices you to.

Best small car ever!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2007

7th Jan 2013, 23:08

I have had my 2007 1.6L. ex rental Fiesta for four years now. It's the most standard one made I think, and I still love it. Nothing has gone wrong with it, and it still holds its own as a great handling car, and is so fun to drive.

You do need to be careful with what tyres you put on it. I just put 4 new Goodyear Fuel Max tyres on it, and they are very loud on NZ roads. I'd go for local Firestones next time.

2005 Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.6litre 'Duratec' 16-valve DOHC


Best new car under $20k in Australia


The only 'problem' was the aluminium plate on the gear lever was poorly glued on and would come off in the sun.

General Comments:

Awesome handling. AWESOME handling. Needs more power to match it, but the suspension/steering/brakes don't need to be touched. Very well made, comfortable too. Drinks a bit for a 1.6 though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2007