1987 Ford Fiesta Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1987 Ford Fiesta 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles

Summary:

Nasty!!

Faults:

Broken locks.

Jammed window regulator driver's door.

Speedo needs recalibrating.

Windscreen wipers are dodgy.

Head gasket has gone.

Pungent smell of petrol.

Rusty.

Exhaust box has blown.

The gears are crunching.

General Comments:

A useless car that is only fit for the scrap yard.

It is unreliable, a vandal magnet, uncomfortable and has air fix kit style build quality.

As a first car it has given me good driving experience, but I only paid £40 for it so I cannot grumble too much.

XR2 alloys make it look a bit meaner though.

Has had 9 previous owners so it has had a hard life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th September, 2001

9th Dec 2001, 10:12

This is the best summary of the Fiesta! I know someone who bought one that had been abandoned- only paid £15 for it but it was the worst car I had ever seen. No wonder someone abandoned it. Twin choke carb can let you keep up with a Nova SR if you clutch it in 2nd and 3rd gear.

5th Jan 2008, 16:37

These were dreadful little cars even when new. a true successor to the 103E popular.

1987 Ford Fiesta Popular (Bog Standard) 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired94073 miles
Most recent distance98997 miles

Summary:

Ideal young driver's car, very cheap

Faults:

Very little considering it is an 'E' Reg.

One new sill (rusted through).

Rear a bit rusty.

Lets in a little water underneath your feet in heavy rain.

Other than that, not a lot!

General Comments:

For 957cc, it is quite nippy, as well as being very economical - about 45mpg and I live at the bottom of a big hill!

Very reliable; never broken down and always started!

Quite comfortable, even if 6ft tall.

Very cheap and widely available parts.

Cheap insurance, cheap tax.

They do tend to rust, old Fiesta's, so undersealing the car is recommended, as well as treating other patches quickly.

Overall a very good bargain @ £300. For young drivers a big recommendation is an old Fiesta.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2001

1987 Ford Fiesta L 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

More fun than 55bhp has any right to be!

Faults:

Mine was a lemon with a new radiator, and speedo within a year, and rust appearing on various seams with 3. I'm convinced this was due to using a pressure washer, DON'T!

Apart from that the gearbox started whining from about 10k, but never got any worse.

General Comments:

Engine, once warm, was thrashed mercilessly, but run on Mobil 1 and sounded better than most with half that, that have been used purely for shopping trips. Morale? Use a good oil, change more often than recommended and these old engines will easily do 100k.

Lovely fruity burble from the standard exhaust. Not quick, but fun, with firm suspension. Not very comfy on a long journey though.

Steering a delight! Light, direct and free of any horrible trendy assistance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2001

1987 Ford Fiesta L 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carRenault 5 GTS

Summary:

Cheap runaround

Faults:

Rust always forms at the front wheel arches.

Not very hard for people to break into, joyrider's favourite. Mine got stolen twice, once for the previous owner.

Awkward to start the engine when it's cold, wet or both.

General Comments:

Insurance is cheap. Running costs are cheap. Parts are easy to obtain.

Parking is quite easy.

Providing you take adequate security precautions, and rust prevention, it shouldn't give you much trouble. It performs quite adequately on the motorway.

Recommended for a 1st timer or for getting about around town.

This was my 2nd car. I now ride a Suzuki motorcycle.

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

Review Date: 18th December, 2000

1987 Ford Fiesta S 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

Quick car and cheaper to insure than a XR2

Faults:

Offside sill corroded and arches are rotten.

General Comments:

Good car, nippy and good on fuel. Drop in a Piper cam, K&N air filter, Janspeed exhaust and it will greatly improve performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2000

1987 Ford Fiesta Popular 950cc from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 950cc Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

A superb learners car

Faults:

Nothing. I only did 5000 miles in it but this still impressed me. However, on a car this simple there isn't much to go wrong on it!

General Comments:

A very basic and very slow car.

It's quick to 30mph, then forget it.

It has a rear heated screen when new as an optional extra, later it had a radio fitted. I think that says it all for comfort.

Couldn't fault the car for reliablity or economy though. This is a great car for first-timers too, it's easy to park and straightforward to drive with very low insurance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2000

1987 Ford Fiesta XR2 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Faults:

Welding required on front wheel arches, under battery and rear valence (possibly due to a previous accident).

CV gaters split.

Valve stem oil seals needed replacing (blue smoke when the engine was started from cold).

General Comments:

Although the car wasn't exactly trouble free, it was nice to drive, parts were cheap and it never let me down. Not stunning performance and the back end could be a unstable on the limits (I ended up pointing the wrong way on a roundabout once).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2000

1987 Ford Fiesta XR2 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

Head gasket, lots of rust on both front wings and boot, ball joints go quickly as do the sills.

Engine becomes noisy unless flushed regularly, use synthetic oil and change every 6k at least.

General Comments:

A good fast car, great fun to drive and plenty of mods and parts available.

Change air filter, performance exhaust and will go fastish.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 17 reviews