Don't test drive one if you can't afford it because you will want it there and then!!!
Brilliant car, but some common faults. Reading over these reviews I can see a trend which I can agree with.
Unidentifiable knocking noise on suspension when driving turned out to be anti roll bar come loose.
Dash display lights occasionally flicker on/off.
Fog lights flood very easily.
Windows fail to go up fully.
I started off with a little Nova as any 17yr old does, but soon wanted more power. My 18th birthday and my dream came true - A Fiesta Zetec S!!!
My first dream was the Saxo VTR. A good looking car with supposedly a 1.6 below the hud?! It wasn't until looking around the Ford dealers car park that I realised such a gorgeous fiesta existed. Take it for a test drive and there's no looking back. This car is incredible! Try and find a car that sticks to the road quite like this one with such instant power and high engine tolerance. Don't quite know who the genius at Ford thought he was by ceasing to make them last year! Trouble is that it's not a well known car, somewhat rare. If it had stuck it out a little while longer I don't doubt it would have been every young persons car (as the Saxo VTR is at the moment). Compared to the VTR there's barely any comparison. Although Ford quote a 103Bhp and top end 115mph, I think if you've ever driven one up against anything like a VTR you'll know there's more there than that. I've heard rumor it's been tested to produce in-excess of 110Bhp and I know for myself that you can push speed past 130mph on the flat.
Few problems with the car, but all made up for by the fantastic attributes it holds.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th January, 2003