2000 Ford Fiesta LX Zetec 1.2L from UK and Ireland


Reliable, but rusted away and not great on fuel


This Ford Fiesta 2000 LX 1.2 was a reliable car; it never broke down. The problem with this car was it had rusted a lot. And it was not so good on fuel.

General Comments:

It's good. Takes me from to A to B. But rust is a very common on these Fiestas. Fuel was not great, but it's not that bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2016

2000 Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.25 Zetec from Portugal




The heat from the A/C stopped working.

General Comments:

It was a pretty good car in its price range. Apart from the A/C malfunction, nothing went wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2012

11th Jul 2014, 15:13

Just bought a Ford Fiesta Zetec S 2000 X reg, and took it for a spin and 3rd and reverse have stopped working. Is this common and is a new gearbox expensive? Not happy at all! :/

30th Jul 2016, 22:06

This car is very good. It never let me down. But sadly I had to get rid of it because it had severe rust problems, MOT won't pass and I didn't want to spend huge money on a 15 year old car. These Fiestas from 1996-2002 had common rust problems.

15th Aug 2016, 14:08

Yes there are few common problems with these 1990s Fiestas. Heater control valve, gearbox issues, rear arch rust and other body panel rust; also some of them are not great on fuel.

2000 Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.25 16v from UK and Ireland


Brilliant little car, quick, reliable and cheap


Pretty much nothing has ever gone wrong with this car.

Just the usual wear and tear parts. Recently had new brakes fitted, spark plugs, tyres and that's it. Oh, and an oil change.

Suppose the steering wheel starting to wear is a bad point, but again that's wear and tear. It is a 7 year old car.

General Comments:

Brilliant little car, I went from a 1.6 16v Megane Coupe and a 1.6 Sport Astra to the Fiesta, and I immediately noticed how economical it is on fuel.

I've left 1.4 206s and a 1.9 diesel Punto standing off the start, and even top end it's incredibly nippy for a small engine.

Seats get a bit uncomfortable on long journeys, especially down motorways, as I have noticed recently.

I never used to like Fords because of their reputation for putting together poor quality cars, but it's probably the most reliable car I've had. So reliable that I'm going to buy a 07 Plate Fiesta TDCi Zetec S in December.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2008

24th Jun 2012, 10:23

Agree with all comments. My 1242 engine is superb. It's a 15 year old Zetec model on an S plate. Usual new parts through wear and tear.

2000 Ford Fiesta Zetec S 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland


Good reliable car, with a little punch when you want it


Heater control valve and thermostat housing went about 3 months into owning the car. The HCV is a common fault, however £20 later and a little handy work, and this was fixed, giving me both hot air and cold air, instead of just hot. Apart from that, she has been a little dream.

Please note there a number of quality control problems with this model:

Steering wheel fades


Suspension bushes wear quickly (better to replace with non ford parts)

Coil pack

Ummm there are others, but I cannot remember off the top of my head what they are.

General Comments:

Built quality is reasonable for a mass production car. Get the odd rattle and squeak, but at the end of the day the car is 8 years old, so I think this is expected.

Car handles well, both in the wet and the rain, and the performance isn't too bad for the size of the engine, and it returns decent mpg as long as you drive it well.

Interior is spacious considering the size of the car, and boot space is pretty good too.

The styling is nice, although a little boy racer like with the wheels and headlights.

Decent to insure (group 8). I'm 23 with 4 years no claims, and it's less than £400 a year fully comp.

I have done a lot of long journeys in this car, and the seat hold you well and give you decent support.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2008