This car is very practical and economical to own if only used for short journeys. However, the driving experience becomes very uncomfortable on trips lasting more than an hour.
Can average about 30 to the gallon overall as car is only used locally.
Being a 1.3 it is cheap to insure and to run.
The handling is responsive and very satisfying. Much more favourable compared to the Escort and even my mums '99 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec.
The general performance is average. Probably should have bought a 1.25 as I find it much quicker. I was even overtaken by my mate's 1.0 Nissan Micra with my foot down! Oh dear...
In the cabin there are few toys to play with, well, none actually. Though the seat height adjustment pump comes in handy, being 6 feet tall. Couldn't get on with the standard Radio/Cassette and speakers. So I upgraded to a CD player and did a little DIY on the speakers, fitting in a couple of 13cm SONY beasts. I can't cruise without listening to fiddy, now he sounds much better!
Getting a little irritated with the engine light. It doesn't flash, but have had it checked out twice by local garage and they can't find a problem. Does anyone else have this?
Becoming bored of it after a few thousand miles. Considering either a Mondeo 2.0 Zetec S or Omega 3.0 Elite for my next car in a couple of months.