1991 Ford Fiesta Reviews - Page 8 of 8

1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo 1.6 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Best cheap hot hatch!

Faults:

Had a problem with the inner CV joint falling apart!

General Comments:

The best car I've ever owned! When I stiffened up the suspension the thing handled like a dream with totally nautral handling, totally encouraging you to slide the car round any corner, and those Recaro's are priceless.

These cars are in a totally different league to those crappy XR2i's which I've also owned (briefly).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th July, 2000

12th Jan 2002, 04:34

They do tend to cost 3 times the amount of a XR2i though, reasonable XR2i-1000 rs t-2500.

9th Dec 2005, 11:42

Yeah, but the thing there is, all you have to do with the fiesta turbo is exhaust, filter and chip and your churning out 165bhp, and when you got plenty of 300BHP+ 1600 CVH turbo's out there, how can the XR2i compete without forced induction, quite simply it can't.

1991 Ford Fiesta LX 1.4 CFI from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 CFI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles

Summary:

Check the car out thoroughly!

Faults:

When I got the car the head gasket was blown, needed 2 new pads, 2 new discs + 2 new drum cylinders. Also rust around the petrol cap (inherent problem with sub-'94 models). Car was leaking water through the front and back windscreen. Just had new trailing arms for front wheels (knocking noise over bumps). Rust now creaping up rear arches.

General Comments:

Although lots of problems, parts are relatively cheap and if you can find a set of 13" XR2i alloys for it then cornering is not a problem! Have got rust seen to twice and it keeps coming back, and there is still water coming in the footwells from somewhere. Heavy front tyre wear. Good fun car overall.

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

Review Date: 11th June, 2000

1991 Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.4 carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.4 carb
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Creaky suspension, dodgy rear wiper and remote boot release. Rear window leaks.

Lots of rattles and squeaks.

Tappets get noisy despite following recommended service intervals. Also burns oil.

Less economical than expected.

Doesn't like reverse and clutch can get jerky, although this is probably near the end of its life at 65K.

General Comments:

Reasonably reliable. Has started first time for the 3 years that I've owned it. No major problems. Easy, cheap DIY maintenance.

Quite nippy when you really rag it, although strange power curve (no power at high revs).

Well equipped, e/w, c/l, heated front screen etc. although very unsupportive seats.

Old person image.

Don't put a sub in the boot, it shakes the whole car to bits!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 1999

1991 Ford Fiesta XR2i 1.6i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.6i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Fuel pump was the only expensive item(over £300 fitted) in 3 years.

Other than that just usual day to day stuff tyres, exhaust, wipers and bulbs.

General Comments:

Handles and goes faster than people would credit a "Fiesta".

Excellent fun in second gear, in the wet, spinning wheels at roundabouts and traffic lights without really trying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 1999

1991 Ford Fiesta SX 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Nothing really - tracking easily knocked out of line.

General Comments:

Cheap & reliable with excellent economy. Dull to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 1997

1991 Ford Fiesta L Automatic 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Useful runabout spoilt only by lack of power steering. This makes parking or three point turns a real pain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 1997

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 29 reviews