2001 Ford Fiesta Zetec S 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland
Excellent handling and lovely engine. Poor build quality though
Drivers seat cover looks like it's coming away near release handle.
Rear window leaked and had to be fixed at Ford dealer. Door seals sometimes let in water in heavy rain leading to wet passenger seat.
Radio keeps switching off, airbag light has come on, odometer display keeps going off and returning.
Creaking from n/s front suspension. Metallic clicking noise going over speed humps.
Fog lights mist up at front.
Dealers are useless and not interested in fixing car.
A cracking little car if not a bit too small in the rear. What a shame the build quality (in particular the suspension and electrics) is so poor and the dealers couldn't care less.
Build quality not a patch on the Focus.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th December, 2003
21st Feb 2005, 13:38
I totally agree with your review, I own one. Same faults bar the water leaking in. Ill never by one again.
2nd Mar 2005, 11:27
Since then, the ABS/traction warning lights have come on and it needed a new ABS sensor. Airbag light still not fixed - Ford want to charge £185.
Yesterday the battery went, but we got a replacement for £30 which isn't too bad I suppose.
4th Jan 2006, 16:33
Just had to have a new starter motor - 67,000 miles. And some new front tyres - seems to eat the things (compared to my Astra, which does 30K for a set of fronts and 60K on the rears).
This car is not driven hard at all (wife's car) - just gets used for 70 mile round trip to work every day.