2011 Ford Fiesta SE 1.6 gas

Summary:

Best car ever?

Faults:

The driver's side window (electric) got stuck once. Fixed it under warranty.

Outside of that, there hasn't been a single issue in 40K miles, and I give her the beans.

General Comments:

I'm not kidding when I say, for me, the Ford Fiesta may be the greatest car ever made, for its rare combination of attributes.

Firstly, it is very fun to drive.

Secondly, you can fit a dresser drawer in it.

Thirdly, I average better than 40 MPG in the summer on straight gas. Best tank ever was 45.3 (hypermiled).

With this last one comes the only trade off in this car. The engine is what you might call "rubber band". The fun is to be had in braking and cornering (very light and poised, great steering feel); not so much in exiting the corner. But I'm very happy breaking late and pulling some g's without using any extra fuel at all. The manual transmission obviously helps with this as well (but sticks are just inherently more fun to drive -- do people still know this?).

That said, looking forward to my next car, the 3-cylinder turbo Fiesta. Said to provide quite a bit more thump, AND improve the economy (I guess then technically that makes that car the best ever).

Assorted notes: the car is a bit stiffer than most of the boats on American roads, though not terrible; the seats are super comfy except for the headrests, which jut like a half-inch too far forward; finally, not a deal-breaker, but it would be super fantastic if the seats folded flat (it's a lot to ask for such a cheap car I suppose). Das ist alles!

I hope I've talked you into it; if you value the characteristics I listed above, you will love this car. There just aren't too many autos, in this country at least, that tick off as many boxes as this one does.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2014

2013 Ford Fiesta SE

Summary:

Not reliable and poor service

Faults:

Took it in for trans. issues at 700 miles. Was told it was normal to bang, slip and smell until it's broken in at 1k miles. Now they say it needs a new clutch and there are none to be had anywhere on a waiting list.

Don't stop on a hill, because when you try to take off, the RPM goes up, but you roll backwards!

My daughter's first new car, and needless to say it will probably be her last Ford!

General Comments:

This car is junk as far as I'm concerned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st May, 2013

22nd May 2013, 10:00

Use caution when any manufacturer puts out any new designs or models. That is also true with newly designed parts of the car. In this case the Ford-Getrag electronically shifted transmission made in Mexico, which is a cutting edge transmission given to the public. It has some bugs in it, and it needs a little time to get them out. Ford has been quietly replacing those 6 speed automatic transmissions that have problems.

As these large companies press for economy and strict emissions on their cars, there are bound to be teething problems now and then. If you don't want to be treated like a lab rat, wait a year or two before you buy any new designed car or any newly designed parts of the car. And even then, comb through the internet for problems the public is having with newly designed cars or equipment.

Luckily Ford is coming forward and fixing their mistakes. Some companies don't care, and you are on your own.

31st May 2013, 13:19

Dear Sir,

You say give the companies a year or two to sort out their new technologies. I bought a new Fiesta with the Getrag 6 speed dual clutch transmission in 2011. After a few months of driving, I had problems with the transmission (similar as described above), and despite several trips back to Ford to have the problem rectified, it is still not fixed.

Sounds to me that after 2 years, Ford is no closer in building a proper transmission for the Fiesta?

31st May 2013, 21:16

Ford has a history of screwing up their new models. The Fiesta only came out in North America a couple of years ago, so their models are bound to have problems.

7th Jun 2013, 13:55

Had the car in again for transmission problems, slipping clutch in second gear.

Mechanics took the tranny out and found a leaking seal that leaked oil onto the clutch.

It took them a couple of days to sort out, but whatever they did seemed to have worked, because it now drives and shifts gears better than the day when we picked it up from the dealer.

Ford is lucky to have such skilled and passionate people working for them; they did a great job.

Let’s hope this is finally the end of the transmission problems. I have one year of warranty left; if it plays up again during that time, then I feel that have no choice but to trade in the Fiesta for something else, like a Japanese or German car.