1998 Ford Fiesta Finesse 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


A canny supermini choice


Faulty airbag warning light.

Rear wiper not working correctly, causing damage to fuses.

Small tear on the interior cloth trim on both front seats.

General Comments:

This car has been a surprisingly good little performer for us. It was originally bought to fill the gap until we could afford a new car, but it now looks like it will be staying with us for much longer than we thought.

Exterior looks are simple, functional yet pleasing to the eye. It's basically a revision of the pre-1995 Fiesta, this time more rounded and curvy.

Inside, the cabin is finished with pale blue plastics and a grey cloth trim, giving it a light an airy feel. Legroom is good in the front, but below average in the rear.

The driving position is good. There's no adjustment for the steering column, but this doesn't annoy since it's well placed anyways. Seat adjustment is limited to reach only, as basic models don't have height adjustment. The foot well is a little on the cramped side - there's no place to rest your left foot other than above the clutch pedal.

The controls of the car are easy to use. The sharp clutch pedal takes some work to master, but it's sound after that. The brakes are a little slow to respond, but you can adapt to that too. Gearchange is smooth enough, but reverse gear can be difficult to engage.

Ride handling is the real mega-bonus with this car. The power assisted steering is sharp and precise, but without being overly light.

Engine noise is a tad intrusive whilst accelerating, but once you reach a constant speed it more or less disappears.

Fuel economy is excellent. A full tank of petrol costs around £25 and will do in the area of 320 urban miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2004

1998 Ford Fiesta Endura-E 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Not bad, Not bad at all


My ford car has so far only had a few teething problems, the interior has a peculiar smell due to it being left in the show room for so long.

The rear windscreen wiper has failed from a bad connection.

The spare tire has worn down to a smoot surface all over.

Starting the engine takes up a lot of fuel, so much that it is noticeable on the car fuel monitor dile.

General Comments:

This car can pull away with the best of them, in a real hurry a wheel spin is easy, I often do them by mistake when I am in a rush.

The sitting area is very open leaving plenty of room for you to get on with driving, but it does leave you feeling open to getting hurt.

The buttons inside the car such as heating and radio are nice and stylish.

The speakers that come with the car are amazing considering they are the originals, although it is weird having no speakers in the back of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2004

1998 Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.25i from UK and Ireland


A really really nice car


Not much really brake disks went rusty. And I've had 2 flat tyres, but overall fine.

General Comments:

A nice car to drive very comfortable interior looks very nice especially the white dials. performs well to the 16v makes it go very well. The handling is also very good very wide tyres on the mother so it grips like a lump of lard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2004

5th Jan 2004, 15:53

"grips like a lump of lard"

A lump of lard is possibly a bad description to use, since lard does not grip very well at all - infact it slides. The wide tyres would mean that the car grips well, I think is what you meant to comment on.

1998 Ford Fiesta 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Overall, an average car, probably best for city driving


The rear brake drum started leaking fluid, but is now repaired. This could possibly have occurred after slightly heavy braking.

Suspension seems to be dry and creaks. This problem was resolved, but has reoccurred.

Water has been leaking from the cooling system onto the engine and forming a crusty deposit of anti-freeze.

General Comments:

The brakes seem to wear down quite quickly. Whether this is because I might be braking heavily I don't know, but it is quite annoying.

The engine works well. For a 1.3 it has quite good power. However when the car gets fuller the power decreases quite a bit.

The tracking could be out, but the steering does wobble slightly at high speeds.

I think the gear ratio is set up more for acceleration. Revs seem to be high at faster speeds and the engine seems to scream a bit.

This car is small. Leg room in the back isn't very suitable for taller people when the front seats are slid back.

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

Review Date: 3rd December, 2003