1990 Ford Fiesta 1.1 from UK and Ireland
Old but economical
Very poor tyre grip and handling on the road in wet conditions.
Engine tappets rattled for the last 18 months despite regular servicing.
The handbrake cable snapped twice in 2 years.
Constant slow oil leak since early 2000.
Rust appeared by the wheelarch on the passenger side.
The car seemed quite reliable early on but then things started going wrong regularly, and I found myself paying out about £800 a year in repairs alone.
The 1.1L engine kept on going and started well even on cold mornings but the tappets sounded terrible when I sold it.
It was quite a nice looking, comfortable car and would be a decent car for students and young people who just want a cheap runabout.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2001