1998 Ford Fiesta Studio CTX 1.25 16v Zetec from Italy
A cute roundabout with some flaws
Just little frustrating niggles. It's got a strange momentary gear whine at cold startup from brand-new (never looked after by that tragic dealer).
Trim rattles here and there.
It has recently developed a slight ticking at low speed (calipers need adjusting I suspect).
MUST exchange the timing belt, it has visible little cracks!!
The suspensions are noisy on the bumpy bits, pretty disturbing.
Paintwork (solid white) is nothing special.
Lacks a bit of rear legroom. Interiors not as versatile as a Renault Twingo, but much better built.
Ford CVT (CTX) is sometimes a bit jerky from standstill, that's the most irritating thing. For the rest it's a darling. Could be quicker at the lights, though.
Local Ford dealer hasty & nasty, inefficient and utterly incompetent.
They told me they can't fix the gearbox if it goes wrong (!), left the car with NO petrol when I picked it up first time so I was stranded in the middle of the high street 5 minutes later, and many more bad service episodes.
The boys at the garage can't just understand why I bought it auto. I told them to drive one in the rush-hour traffic for a week. Fools and ignorant. Never again a Ford.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th March, 2001