1991 Ford Fiesta XR2i 2.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Very sporty, quite fun, a bit of rust, but who cares!
Replaced muffler/back box.
Replaced rear shock and mount (broke right through from underneath)
Replaced rear wheel bearing.
Front sway bar bent, probably from a crash before I owned it.
Rust a major problem, eventually forced me to sell it.
I was the 11th owner of the 'Silver Bullet' and definitely not the first to rag it around the country lanes! The performance from the engine was really good, enough that I explored the option of putting the 1.8 Zetec EFI engine in another Fiesta, but this proved impractical.
My car was lowered by a previous owner and fitted with low-profile 15-inch tyres, which made for great handling, but high tyre costs as the front arms were still stock, making the inside of the tyres wear out very quickly.
While seemingly small inside it could hold quite a lot of equipment or gear, the hard plastic backing on the fold-down rear seats helped getting things in and out. The only problems came when I put a speaker box and a box of 'car things' in the boot, then it became a chore to try to fit anything in the back.
This was cheap thrills and a great drive for just about any journey. Able to keep up with just about anything in the fast lane, yet good enough torque in 2nd to putter around town.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th February, 2007