1998 Ford Fiesta Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1998 Ford Fiesta Encore 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired21 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A lovely car for low mileage drivers

Faults:

Replacement items only; new exhaust at 53k, lots of brake discs and pads. Children pranged it. Stereo wouldn't switch off, but could be muted. Always completely reliable and never let me down.

General Comments:

This car was intended as a small, basic second car. In the end, it served as a family car for over 4 years, taking a far higher mileage than it was intended to.

It never broke down, was cheap to service, the dealers were friendly and reasonably priced, and fuel economy wasn't bad either. It was heavy to park, with no power steering, but it was a good cruiser and fast enough for me.

Sold it because it was starting to get high mileage and expensive bills were probably just around the corner. If I could use a car more gently, I would keep it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2002

1998 Ford Fiesta LX 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 diesel Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A good, but slow car being a diesel!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car drives so nicely, the steering is light and handles so well for a small car!

The brakes are good, and the clutch is nice too!

Its comfortable and the ride is smooth.

However the engine sucks, its noisy and deadly slow. The pick up is slow from the engine and the engine is not smooth. It does have a lot of torque so parking is easy using the clutch for leaner drivers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2002

1998 Ford Fiesta Finesse 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Nearly everything a car should be

Faults:

Ummm...almost nothing!!!

Just the usual maintenance - replacement oil filters, fluids etc.

General Comments:

Looks can deceive - it does look as though it has just been slapped in the face, but in fact it is as fun to drive as a sports car.

The drive is perfect. It is comfortable, quiet and easy to drive - I learned how to drive in it for gods sake! It is also cheap to run and super-reliable.

But like with all cars, it has its flaws. In this case it is its looks, space and equipment.

This is our seventh ford - fifth in a row, and there is no doubt in our mind of buying yet another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2002

1998 Ford Fiesta LX 1.25 Zetec from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.25 Zetec Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

Good engine, but appalling bodywork and trim

Faults:

So far, I have no complaints about reliability or performance, however the build quality of this Fiesta is appalling. I do not expect the interior mirror to inconvieniently drop off just as I'm heading onto the motorway. All of the plastic trim is loose as well. The car has a decent radio cassette and is reasonably comfortable though leg room can be tight in the rear.

General Comments:

This would be a good car to have if you replace your car every couple of years before it falls apart, but for a person who wants a car to last then this is not what you're looking for. My previous 1988 Micra has been thrashed, done well over 100K and the bodywork is still almost 100% perfect and there are certainly no loose parts. On the plus side, the Fiesta has a decent radio cassette and is reasonably comfortable though leg room can be tight in the rear. Good on petrol.

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

Review Date: 25th July, 2002

26th Aug 2005, 05:30

The interior mirror is simply stuck on to the screen with a double sided adhesive pad, as it is in virtually every other car on sale today. The pads can, and do fail, and this isn't a problem exclusive to Ford. Just buy another pad for 50p and restick it, and it will probably stay put for the rest of the life of the car. Hardly a show-stopping fault.

1998 Ford Fiesta Techno 1.2 16v from Italy

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired500 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Excellent run for the price

Faults:

Paint on the outside mirrors became opaque (the original colour was bright red)

General Comments:

Excellent for price and quality. Runs fast, is stable, needs a bit more fuel than my previous Uno from Fiat, but runs so much better! I do not understand why it is impossible to open the trunk with an inside button though, you need the key every time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2002

27th May 2003, 08:42

Try turning off the engine and then the interior boot release will work!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 35 reviews