1993 Ford Fiesta Finesse 1.1 HCS from UK and Ireland


This is a very good car, cheap to run, and it starts every time; a real old school workhorse


New battery was needed.

Rear wiper only works when it feels like it.

Driver side door speaker stopped working.

I had to change the automatic choke twice.

Rust problems around the sunroof and filler cap.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a priest for £250, a real bargain! It was owned from new and was well looked after.

This Fiesta is a great little car that is very economical.

Not the most comfortable of cars on long journeys.

Great carrying capacity when the rear seats are folded down.

Engine burns oil, but as long as it is topped up this is not a problem. It burns about a pint a month.

It is a bumpy ride on uneven surfaces.

It is slow out of the blocks, but it will cruise along at 60-75mph once it gets up to speed.

The bodywork is tough, and rust is only a problem in a couple of places.

The Finesse has colour coded bumpers and mirrors, metallic paint, a sunroof and a rev counter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2007

1993 Ford Fiesta GL from North America


Wonderful cars, if taken care of


Oh. My. God. First off, she would shake when you made slight left turns... I knew I needed to replace the ball joints, but I didn't know how soon until the whole wheel unit fell off while I was driving this car. I got that fixed, and then the clutch went. And once that was fixed, buddy called me up like "The clutch is fixed, but you need a new transmission." So I replaced that. So here we go: new everything... so I take her on a road trip... get 360 miles away and the wheel feels like it's going to fall off again. I get off the express way and I felt like I had no brakes... luckily they were just really poorly working. I parked in a parts store parking lot and had random guys look at her (thank god I'm a girl and could get guys to help me)... I have NO wheel bearings. None. So we go through about 8 hours trying to get the thing away from the control arm and *damn it all* the wheel bearing needs to be pressed in. Can't do it by hand. I said screw this and left her in Kentucky... took a greyhound home.

General Comments:

I love Festivas. This is the second one I had... my first one was destroyed by some idiot. This one actually had minimal heat! They are a ton of fun to drive, and excellent on gas. After that 360 miles, I still had 1/4 tank of gas! I would recommend this car, but beware. Make sure she was kept up by her previous owner. My first one was wonderful, minimal problems... this one, I took it in for the clutch and buddy said "who worked on this before? it's pretty messed up." So just know what condition the car is in. If she'd good to go, go for it!!

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

Review Date: 26th February, 2006

1993 Ford Fiesta DL 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland


Almost faultless, but slow and noisy


Lower suspension arms regularly fail.

Steering rack and joint at 200000 miles.

Engine stop solenoid means engine keeps running when key taken out - have to stall car.

Minor electrical faults.

Very bad rust at rear following very poor accident repair.

General Comments:

This has been an incredible car, only truly breaking down once when a minor electrical fault caused two failures. The breakdown company incorrectly diagnosed the fault.

Still return 60+ mpg on a motorway run and never misses a beat.

Engine last serviced 150,000 miles ago and now a bit noisy due to neglect.

Passes its MOT emissions with flying colours every time.

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

Review Date: 26th July, 2005

1993 Ford Fiesta Peoples 1.1 from UK and Ireland


Excellent MPG, but not much else to recommend


Worn pistons and a major oil usage issue.

General Comments:

When I bought the car it was surprisingly rust free for a 10 year old car, unfortunately the lovely exterior belied the knackered engine.

We bought the car on the understanding that it was a 37000 mile/10 year bargain. The garage we bought it from seemed OK... BIG MISTAKE - TRUST NO ONE!

We needed a cheap car to run after having our previous very reliable, but gas guzzling Hyundai Pony 1.5 x2GSi for 2 years. Biggest mistake I ever made... it was a clocked car, the Mot's were probably faked and dodgy, and to top it all off the engine was knacked

NEVER BUY A CAR WITHOUT AT LEAST A 3 MONTH Warranty NO MATTER HOW OLD IT IS... don't get bitten on the backside as we did, you have been warned.

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

Review Date: 5th October, 2003

28th May 2007, 23:07

What gas mileage did you get?