1994 Ford Fiesta Freestyle 1.1 CFi from UK and Ireland
Reliable, affordable and responsive
Back box had a hole in it when I got the car - had this replaced.
The bit of the exhaust between the catalytic converter and the back box developed a hole - replaced after the back box fell of off it on an A road.
As a whole, other than the things mentioned above (namely because that much exhaust is expensive), this little car is great! I couldn't fault it in any way.
It always starts first time - even when cold - and hasn't given me any starting problems in the short time that I've had it. An automatic choke is a welcome addition here - unlike my previous car where cold starts were interesting to say the least.
The performance of this car is second to none. Even when cold the engine on this car responds well to even the lightest of acceleration. I put this down to the fact the the previous owner had it serviced regularly. For a 1.1 (even with a fuel injection) acceleration is quick and high speeds are achievable when needed without the car thinking about it first.
Handling wise this car is OK. It might not have power steering (makes turning around fun!) but it's a simple case of I point and it goes. Something that is great - especially when I'm accelerating out of a corner and don't have to put much on the steering to get it to go round. Pretty good at both high and low speeds in terms of handling. Holds the road well too.
After having a Metro the Fiesta was a welcome buy. Having driven one before I was keen to get driving one again and was quick to snap this one up. The overall reliability of this car combined with the cheapness and availability of parts means that for an 18 year old owning a car is affordable. Even to fill it up from nearly empty averages around £27.
A great car that I shall be keeping for while!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2005
Original author here. Still got this car nearly a year later and it's still going strong. Replaced one indicator lens and been on holiday with it and it still goes on. Not bad for a 12 year old car!!
Me again. It's now Jan 07 and I still have this car and it still runs strong. Got just over 94-1/2 thousand miles on the clock now, but I couldn't ask for any more. Just done a service on it and it runs really nice what with new oil, spark plugs, oil filter and air filter. Looking to change it this year maybe for a Suzuki Swift, but time will tell how that plans out.
I'm about to afford a 1994 ford fiesta.
I do hope I will enjoy it as much as you do!