1983 Ford Fiesta RS 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Pocket rocket with attitude
Had an engine failure after six months, but was a manufacturers fault which they replaced the whole unit, after about 5,000 miles.
After 15 years had new seals fitted, because the sun roof drain pipes had leaked.
But after that it was just the minor problems from clutch to the brokes, just general wear and tear.
Body is showing its age now, but nothing drastic. Stll looks and drives like new.
Just one problem with parts now, very hard to find especially the rare ones, rear disc pads, and motor sport parts for the engine, but I have managed so far.
I have the car from new and it is the best handling car I have had, driven many others since, but the Fiesta is the best for pure fun. But it has limits on a wet track, lets you know when you have pushed it too far, like most cars I reakon.
The interior is as new, but when I take it for a service the mechanics do not know how to work on it, no computer on this car. Found grease on the seats, but made them clean them, just because it is old its not a wreck.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2004