1996 Ford Fiesta Studio 1.8 diesel from France
Reliable and cheap to run, that's the bottom line
Rear wiper and rear defroster worked intermittently, fixed for a song.
A very reliable car. Except the details mentioned above, everything runs fine. Of course, it doesn't have much that could break down, as even the windows are manual, but it is one of the reason why I preferred buying an 8-year-old car over a newer car that would also have been more expensive to buy and run. Except the front tires (and oil and filters every 10000 km, of course), I haven't changed any parts.
The seats are comfortable enough for long stretches and the fuel economy is alright for such an old diesel engine. It returns about 5.3l/100 km (about 55 GB mpg or 45 US mpg I think). During a trip across Poland while on holiday, it even returned less than 4.5l/100 in over 1500 km!
On the downside, it's a really slow car and I seldom try overtaking trucks on two-lane roads... Mountain roads can be quite a pain and the car start slowing down as soon as it SEES a rise on the highway... Anyway, I've got another car to have fun with, so it's not too much of a bother for me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th March, 2006