1990 Ford Fiesta Popular Plus 1.0 from UK and Ireland
Reliable, lovable little runabout
A Balance weight came off the drive shaft on a fairly long journey, leaving me a long way to drive home with a disconcerting noise coming from the n/s/f wheel, but it got fixed for very little as a part of a service.
Fan belt snapped, cost £6 to be replaced by the RAC at the side of the road, definitely worth the joining fee!
Air line to the engine used to come away sometimes when the car was started, so there was no back pressure and the car would shake a lot if you could get it started! Once the RAC bloke showed me how to fix it I used to just shove it back in.
Rust was starting to win the battle with the bodywork under the wings by the time I got rid of it, and around the filler cap was a bit bad too, but I think that's because my mum always spilled petrol when filling it up!
This was my 1st car although it had been my mums since new and it was very reliable over the 70000+ miles we had it.
The 1 litre engine is not fast at all, 0-60 took about 18 seconds, and the 4 gears made it a bit loud on the motorway.
It was a very comfortable car to drive over long distances, and is a much better car than the other small cars of its age, seems newer inside and better looking on the outside.
It was quite economical used to do about 35mpg around town.
I really loved my little fez and I'd buy another one tomorrow if I thought it stood a chance of being as reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th February, 2005