1997 Ford Fiesta LX 1.25 16v from UK and Ireland
Nothing except for usual wear and tear.
Someone attempted to vandalise the the driver side wing mirror, but fortunately it just clicked back into place.
After a thorough inspection, I got this car at a bargain price from an auction, and for what it is, I can't really fault it.
It's completely standard, never been modified, no electric windows or air con or stereo. Oh well, at least it's reliable.
The Zetec engine can take some abuse believe me!
It's got some acceleration for a 1.2 and does 100mph surprisingly easily. On a wet day it's possible to spin the wheels through 3rd gear. Also handles very well with the good old steel rims and not much bodyroll at all. Good feel through the steering (not power assisted) and slick gear change. IT'S NO SPORTS CAR THOUGH, just a Fiesta.
All controls laid out clearly.
The headlights are incredibly bright, I constantly get fellow drivers flashing their main beam at me because they think I've got mine on. I get a lot of enjoyment flashing mine back at them!
A few rattles in the cabin but after 90000 miles one shouldn't be to surprised. Pretty good build quality though. I do find the seats rather uncomfortable after maybe 45 minutes or so, and they're starting to wear.
Fairly small amount of rust on the rear arches and door sills, I believe Ford are known for this, especially with older cars like this. Love the paint, bright red.
Nearly a year on 100% trouble free motoring and it's quite nice to drive. I will say one thing though - this car does not cruise very well, nearly 3500rpm at 70mph. I understand small cars are geared like this, but a slightly longer ratio gearbox for better cruising wouldn't really make any difference to the performance of this engine, but maybe am just nit picking.
Overall a great little car. Would buy another Ford.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th December, 2009