1994 Ford Fiesta Reviews

1994 Ford Fiesta Flight 1.3 litre from UK and Ireland

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.3 litre Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Excellent cheap car

Faults:

Not much has gone wrong with the car. The previous owner had had it serviced regularly, and it was in good condition when bought.

Clutch at 60k miles, but not a problem because the car had been used in town a lot.

Battery at 75000 miles; not unexpected at that age and cheap to replace.

Some welding was done on sills for MOT. Rust showing in all the usual Fiesta places but not terminal.

Drivers' door lock wore out.

Finally, the power steering rack started to leak. Cost of replacing it was more than the car was worth.

General Comments:

Very reliable small car

Fuel economy just over 40mpg

Engine a bit noisy but very reliable

Mechanically good and cheap to insure and service

Cheap motoring has given me excellent service. I am sorry to see it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2008

1994 Ford Fiesta Si 1.6 Zetec from UK and Ireland

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Zetec Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance34500 miles

Summary:

Great Handling, OK Performance

Faults:

Rust on the back wheel arches, and more serious rust under the sills.

General Comments:

Although I have not done a serious amount of miles, it seemed to handle well, but lacked performance when you really needed it.

It can keep up with most modern cars, but that is all it does. Its 0-60 figures show that the engine is not as capable as some other engines, ie Pug 205 1.6 GTi.

The interior is amazingly comfortable, and the bucket seats grab you when you are cornering hard.

If this car had a 2.0 litre, it would the right chassis with the right engine, Ford so nearly got it right!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2007

1994 Ford Fiesta Si 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance137500 miles
Previous carFiat Tipo

Summary:

Rusty boy racer!

Faults:

Rear Exhaust Replacement

CV joints

RUST!!!

General Comments:

A very brief relationship with this high maintenance vehicle.

Whilst it drove quite well, quite nippy... when it would start, I never felt quite safe.

Interior quite cramped, and stuffy thanks to the handle broken off the window winder and only a pop up sun roof. The velor interior was reminiscent of sitting in a teenagers bedroom in the eighties!

Not a true hatch as although the back seat folds, only the back of it, so it sits high and theres little to be gained in boot space.

It amazes me that Ford remains so popular. Whilst I appreciate this was a 12 year old car, rust was bursting from every seam, and this was not a bad example!

Never again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2006

1994 Ford Fiesta Freestyle 2 1.3cfi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.3cfi Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49556 miles
Most recent distance57987 miles

Summary:

It is a lovely little car for a first time driver

Faults:

The only problem with the car was that the rocker head gasket had failed and was leaking oil, this was easily fixed by my dad.

Nothing else is wrong.

General Comments:

It's a lovely little first car for me. It is a special edition model featuring power steering! Yes, power steering and dual airbags.

Has no rust on it at all, not even the rear wheel arches.

It's a joy to drive. We couldn't believe that it had power steering on it, but the old lady who owned it from new gave us the original sales brochure, which shows that it has the power steering.

Had a full service history and is immaculate inside. The only fault is the rear wiper works when it wants to?

Anyone else had this problem. My dad has put a brand new motor in, and this still has not resolved the problem.

The car still has the original spare wheel, which has never been used!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2006

1st Feb 2006, 09:45

I have a similar problem with my rear wiper on a Fiesta Freestyle. I was told that the contacts for this are where the boot shuts down. Try cleaning them up and see if that solves the problem.

1st Feb 2006, 13:43

Your rear wiper problem is caused by a loose connection where the wiring passes through into the tailgate. Affects almost every Fiesta at this age in my experience (including mine!)

Not too difficult to fix if you're handy with a multimeter and a soldering iron.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 42 reviews