1989 Ford Fiesta LX 1.1 from UK and Ireland
A fun,but probably more trouble than it's worth, kind of car
First to go after 2 weeks of owning the car was the exhaust, quickly followed by the tyres, and since buying the car there has always been a strange noise coming from the engine and whenever I brake.
I put the car in for its service after 6,000 miles only to be told that the car would need a lot of new parts, the steering coupling was completely knackered, along with the suspension bushes which were completely split, leaking exhaust gasket, dodgy wheel cylinders and brake pipes... etc etc.
There is still a noisy alternator to deal with but since there is nothing wrong with it apart from the noise, I will probably fit a new one before the M.O.T is due.
Rust on this car is a major problem too with rust creeping up from all wheel arches and especially the fuel cap.
The handling leaves a lot to be desired, as does the performance. Although the shape of the car is appealing to many. Hence the reason why so many people are driving about in them even now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th December, 2000
9th Jan 2002, 16:16
Rust around the fuel cap is common on this generation of Fiesta. It's caused by fuel drips from the nozzles of petrol pumps. Try wiping the area around the cap after you fill up. It obviously won't sort out what is already there, but it should slow down the continuation of the process.