1998 Ford Fiesta Encore 1.3 from UK and Ireland
A lovely car for low mileage drivers
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.
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