1979 Ford Fiesta Review

1979 Ford Fiesta L 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

I wish there were more good ones left

Faults:

Radiator failed, spitting it's contents through the radiator grille.

I crashed it pretty heavily, tore off the bumper, headlight, indicator, wing bonnet and front panel.

Rear wheel bearings failed.

Seats collapsed.

Rev counter failed.

Heater only ever blew lukewarm air at best.

Front lower ball-joint failed with scary results.

It used to chew through points and plugs.

Clutch failed.

Rot took over.

General Comments:

Well, I was 18 when I had it and thought it was the danglies.

Performance was interesting, she was good for over 100mph, the brakes were servo-less and dire, and it revved far better than a 1200 Nova.

It handled remarkably sharply, I fitted a rear strut-brace to tighten the rear up though. The boot floor started flexing due to all the rust!

Looking back, build quality was awful, the interior trim was spartan, it was pretty rotten body-wise. But I didn't care, I loved it.

I fitted Supersport arches, took off the bumpers and it looked surprisingly menacing. Also bolted on a whopping pair of spotlights for the full rally look.

I was so upset when a Transit van tore the front off. I had it rebuilt by a friend, and then the clutch immediately failed and the floor pan rotted through. We live and learn.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2002

19th May 2003, 09:28

My fiesta does not like going forward. The Temp and Gas gage does not work.

18th Jun 2003, 11:29

Wish every one could see my fiesta MK 1 it is a 1982 1.1 pop and has only done 22000 miles it is perfect, and it only cost £200, it went through it's last M.O.T with nothing wrong with it.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 1 review