1980 Ford Fiesta LX 1.6 from North America


Good drive train and carburetor and that's about all


Replaced everything on this car except for the fuel pump, engine, and alternator. Heater core froze in the middle of a snow storm. It had a vacuum motor on the air cleaner that would go kaput every 40k. This would cause the carburetor to freeze. Bullet proof drive train.

Original clutch when sold at 168k. Bullet proof carburetor except for freeze issues in winter time. Very easy car to work on. Got me through college.

General Comments:

Reliable, most of the time. Good electronics.

Easy to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 2020

1980 Ford Fiesta Supersport 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Fantastic Fun!


Never had any problems with the car.

Is always kept regularly serviced etc.

General Comments:

Ford Fiesta MK1 Supersport, a great little MK1 Fiesta, with lots character and easy/cheap to run and maintain.

OK, it's not the fastest or the most comfortable Fiesta, but it's still really great fun to drive.

Lovely simple interior, with just a speedo, rev counter and temp/fuel gauges in front of you, all mounted inside a simple pod.

Fiesta MK1's have a fantastic club scene as well, so parts and help are always available, if needed. Have a look at -


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2008

1980 Ford Fiesta L 957 from UK and Ireland


Worthy old timer


Front brakes seized on after car was stood for 6 months.

Seats badly worn.

Mystery water leak.

General Comments:

This is a top little car and offers great town driving.

This car has a genuine 35000 miles on the clock and has been in our family since new.

The interior is a little sparse, but we can forgive the old lady that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2004

1980 Ford Fiesta L 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Excellent little runner


Nothing much. It almost always started at the first turn of the key. It sometimes took three or four turns in wet weather though.

The one annoying fault was the stalling. This was particularly evident in wet weather too! My wife used to get very upset by this! She maintained that the car did it in a sly sort of way. She would pull up at a junction & comment on how quiet it had gone. The only noise would be the rubbing of the windscreen wipers still playing their merry tune, back & forth across the window. Then she would look down & notice those little square lights on the dashboard. The red one with the battery on it & the orange one with the oil can. She's not a big user of swear words, but that scenario used to lead to a few being used!

General Comments:

These stalling episodes revealed another frustration that comes with all Fords. You have to turn the key back first before attempting to re-start the engine. The first time my wife "stopped" she didn't know this. the car had chosen to stall while she was queued in a busy roundabout too. The car behind nearly drove into us while she desperately battled with the keys.

Apart from the stalling this was the best little car either of us has ever owned.

The acceleration was great from an engine so small.

The reliability was great too. It never let either of us down, always re-starting after the "stalling" episodes.

I'd have another tomorrow if I could find one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2003

13th Jan 2006, 17:32

And in addition to spraying some sort of silicone spray lubricant in the distributor cap, also spray it on the wires. It should be noted that although this does work, it's the cheap, temporary fix. The spray displaces water away from cracked wires or distributor caps with carbon tracks, which make the spark path short out before it reaches your plugs. This is a last act of desperation to get you to the parts store to buy a new cap and plug wires. We used to have the exact same problem on our '76 Dodge. It would stall in the rain, and Dad was too cheap to buy new cap and wires.