2000 Ford Fiesta Zetec-S 1.6 from UK and Ireland
VTS??? Buy a Zetec-S!!!
Timing belt tensioner needed replacing (under warranty) at 6000 miles.
There was a water leak inside the car, Ford dealer couldn't fix it, so I had to. Just a case of re-fitting the rubber seal around the door properly.
This car is definitely worth the good reviews it had in the motoring press. I paid £8500 for a five month old one from a local Ford dealer, saved £3000 on new.
Standard the car is supposed to run at 103bhp at the flywheel which is rubbish, most Zetec-S' push out 110bhp standard. Perhaps Ford kept the performance figures down to keep insurance ratings down???
My car has been modified with a Jetex panel filter and Janspeed catback system. A Superchip will be fitted after its first service. The car will beat a standard Saxo VTS with just the exhaust and filter. People seem to compare the Zetec-S with a Saxo VTR, in my eyes there's no contest, it handles better and is a lot quicker.
Interior wise the car looks good, seats are supportive, although it could do with lumber support and maybe an adjustable steering wheel???
All in all, I would recommend this car to anyone, and get one soon as production ceases at the end of 2001.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th July, 2001
17th Jan 2002, 09:07
It's got to be said that the Zetec-S has more BHP then Ford state it has.
Mine keeps up with a standard VTS on the straights, and will handle better into corners and exits.
The best hot hatch of the year by far!
11th Jun 2002, 15:10
Agreed. 115bhp is commonplace on rolling roads BEFORE tuning takes place.
I'm certainly not complaining.