1995 Ford Fiesta 1.1
An overrated and disappointing car
- The engine stopped working in the winter a few times when changing gears, like I was some novice driver that changes at low rpm.
- The engine heats up very hard with e10, and in cold weather increases the consumption very much.
- The steering makes strange noises at high speeds.
- The clutch is making funny noises from time to time.
- It's losing oil.
- Every time I drive in the rain, the belt slips.
- Jumps off the trajectory if the asphalt is not smooth in curves.
All the problems above were not present when I bought the car, and there are a lot of other faults I would never have expected from a Ford.
I only bought this car as a winter, car and got stuck with it ever since.
I have driven small engined cars all my life, but never had a car with carburetor before. I did not expect a Ford from 1995 to have a carburetor; it was a surprise for me to discover this 2 months after buying it.
Despite a few mechanical problems, I did not invest any money in the car other than benzine and oil, and because I bought it for 450 euros, I intend to drive it until the TUV expires in a few months.
On the plus side, I used it to carry all of my furniture when moving, I use it to commute to work, and on a few longer runs (500km) with no problems. It's great on snow.
I do agree that it is quite an old car, but I am extremely disappointed with it.
All my old cars were better: Daewoo Matiz 0.8, Twingo 1.2, Daihatsu Cuore, and all were bought for under 800 euros.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th August, 2011
Obviously you got a very uncared for car. That, or you just didn't look it over properly before buying! I have 5 Fiesta mk3 cars. A 1989 1.1 LX with 35,000 miles on the clock, a 1992 1.1 LX with only 25,000 miles on the clock, a 1600 Si with 54,000 miles on the clock, and a 1600I Java with 58,000 miles on the clock, and my daily runner is a 1995 1800 diesel with 87,000 on the clock. I've been all around Europe in the diesel car, and NEVER had a problem and get 65 MPG.
All my Fiestas have been used regularly, and never had any problems like you state with your car. It all comes down to good containment and care, essential for any car. Parts are dirt cheap (just fitted new brakes all round on my diesel, including new front discs and rear hubs, and all for under £100).
These little cars are going to be a classic soon, and just as Escort mk1 and mk2's were slated in their day, they now command prices up to £50,000!!
Obviously not suited to everyone, being basic and reliable are their good points. In these days of over rated expensive cars, it's wise to remember that when a vandal attacks your Fiesta, it's not going to make you cry, or break the bank to fix it or replace it!