1985 Ford Fiesta Reviews

1985 Ford Fiesta L 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired64500 miles

Summary:

Little Gem

Faults:

Bought as a non runner after it had been sat on a driveway for 2 years.

General Comments:

This car is a little gem. As above, bought as a non runner with a seized starter motor and clutch. New starter and battery, and she started first time of asking. The clutch was seized engaged, so had to take the gearbox off to free it up.

Once that was done, just needed a new rear wheel cylinder and some tyres, as they were cracked due to age, then the MOT, which she passed.

Very reliable little car in hot or cold, or downpours. Needs a bit of choke in the mornings and she's away. The brakes feel a bit wooden, but stop well enough, and the handling is entertaining as it's a little bit squiggy. Great fun basic car though, that you actually have to drive.

Performance is not what this car is about. I mean in normal driving you don't find it too much trouble, although she can run out of puff going up steep hills. Sits at 70mph on the motorway without too much trouble.

Brilliant little car. Very honest, and will look after you provided you give her a little TLC.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st May, 2013

1985 Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.7 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles

Summary:

Never started, and needed a tow

Faults:

Easier to say what didn't.

Radio always worked.

General Comments:

Terrible car. It would hardly ever start in the mornings unless it was left in the garage, and even then it was under protest. Never idled properly, and cut out at nearly every set of lights. If it didn't, it felt like it was about to.

Very sluggish, and you always felt you needed a tow truck following you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th May, 2011

14th May 2011, 09:17

Reminds me of my '84 Mustang, except that didn't feel too sluggish. Suspension was a bit soft though.

22nd May 2011, 15:25

Sounds like the infamous VV carb with its dysfunctional automatic choke.

I had a 1988 Fiesta for four years and found it to be fairly reliable.

1985 Ford Fiesta 1.6 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

A surprisingly capable old skool diesel

Faults:

Mechanically, absolutely nothing went wrong.

However Ford's rust protection was notable by its absence. Both front wings, bonnet and floor required replacement. It had an appetite for front wheel bearings too IIRC.

Worryingly, it developed stress cracks on both inner wings just aft of the suspension turrets, I think this was down to the weight of the diesel engine.

General Comments:

I will admit I DESPISED Ford's basic tin-box with a passion. They just felt really tinny, cheap and nasty.

However - the 1.6 diesel acquitted itself in my book because of the engine. Although in the Escort this engine was a slug, in such a small, light car as the Fiesta - designed for a 957cc 4 pot - it went better than an old fashioned 1.6 N/A diesel had any right to. Romped up hills with ease, would hold 85 all day, and return up to 55 mpg. It performed at least as well as the 1.3 petrol Fiesta.

The only concern I had was that I really felt the body shell was not strong enough for the additional weight of the diesel engine - see above, and you were really aware of all that weight up front when cornering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2009

1985 Ford Fiesta Popular 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles

Summary:

Cheap 1st Car

Faults:

Not much, clutch ratchet broke which cost £35.

Gear linkage needed adjusting costing £5.

Normal stuff like pads and discs.

Sills replaced costing £70 and the arches were rusting a fair bit.

General Comments:

Good little car for a learner driver and cost pennies to run. They are a relaible and sturdy workhorse.

Interior was a bit basic and the car only had one wing mirror. I therefore got one from a scrap yard and fitted it.

Still see the car around today and is still in good nick.

Response when driving hard was good and you knew what the car was doing handling wise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2002

1985 Ford Fiesta Popular 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles

Summary:

It don't look like much.. but would take you anywhere.. ;-)

Faults:

Rear torsion (?) bar from the sill to the axle.. Clutch went, but was on its way when I first got the car.

General Comments:

Well almost a year ago.. I paid £250 for it.. its never failed me.. sometimes gives the people that like to look down on older little cars, a surprise when they try overtake ;-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2001

1985 Ford Fiesta XR2 MKII 1.6 CVH from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 CVH Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles

Summary:

Good car for some racing fun and reliability

Faults:

Nothing major. Slight tappets noise now and again. Replaced suspension, Magnex exhaust system, new brakes, new electrical system.

General Comments:

Good fun and nippy motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2000

1985 Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1985
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Radiator, when raining water gets into ignition coil and won't start.

Fine in cold.

Bumper (due to minor bump).

General Comments:

Fine car but not in the wet, tends to freeze inside during winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews