2004 Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.4 TDCI from Belgium


Not very smart on the inside


Major rattle coming from below front left wheel arch at over 80 km/h.

Otherwise no further faults at just 3000 km.

General Comments:

Performance is zippy around town, which I suppose is what matters most for what is really a small city car. However, once past 90 km/h the small diesel (68 HP) has real trouble with the substantial weight of the car (around 1150 kg I believe). 4th and 5th are also very long geared, which adds to the problem. I will get to 140 km/h and stay there for highway cruising, but only with a lot of patience.

Handling is OK, though you shouldn't push it too hard into the corners or it will start squealing quite easily (however under steer is very predictable). On the whole, not too bad for a car without independent rear suspension. Stability is good at high speed for a small car (probably due to it actually being not that small and quite heavy). I should note that mine has 15 inch alloys.

As for the interior...

- The seats are pretty atrocious, the best thing you can say about them is that they are sufficiently hard. However, they are too short, badly adjustable, don't offer any side support or high back support and the headrests are merely there for decoration (or preventing whiplash), as you couldn't possibly rest your head against them.

- There is no space to put your foot next to the clutch, which is very tiresome on long travels.

- You can fold the standing part of the back seats 1/3-2/3, but this is pretty pointless as the part you sit on only folds up as a whole.

- More bad points go to the very hard plastic out of which everything is made. Surely car manufacturers can do better nowadays.

- Interior space is very roomy for this category of car, and very accessible if you have the 5d version.

- Finally, the airco is pretty good, with handy, big ventilation mounds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd October, 2004

4th Feb 2006, 15:42

I have a fiesta Ghia the 6th one I have owned, 30th ford I have owned, It's a beautiful motor in anyones mind, never had a spot of trouble, handles like a dream, very economical, fast enough, goes well, stops well, what more could one wish for.

7th Feb 2006, 13:16

I hope it's better than the mk4 and mk5 which run like clockwork until 60-80k and then suddenly start falling apart. Crumbling suspension bushes, oil leaks, seized calipers, leaky radiators, whining clutch bearings, rust on the sills and rear arches and wiring issues with the tailgate wash/wipe and heated screen. Engines go on forever (if you don't mind them leaking oil), but the car they are bolted into feels like it was never designed to get anywhere near 100,000 miles.

After my experiences with both these cars I wouldn't touch another Fiesta, and probably, after a long history of Ford ownership, another Ford either. To run for 3 yrs / 36,000 miles they're fine, but the quality of everything from the sheet metal to the ancillary components is as cheap as Ford could get away with. Not built to last at all. The only Ford model that feels remotely built to last is the Mondeo, but even that starts getting niggly stupid faults as it ages.

26th Feb 2006, 14:44

I too have had my fiesta 1.4lx cam belt break.

Causing major damage to the engine at 89000 miles, even though ford recomends that the cam belt be replaced at 100,000 miles.

Also no joy from ford as to compensation, will not buy another ford.

2004 Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Feisty, Fun Fast, Young


Not a thing has went wrong with this car.

General Comments:

The new Fiesta is a really great car, I too am amazed at how well the car has 'grown up' as I used to not like Fiestas at all, but this new model is fantastic. I bought the Zetec as it had alloy wheels, cd player etc and got it in Panther Black.

What can I say, I am really ecstatic about this car, it handles beautifully and is relatively easy on the pocket, especially as I am currently only working part-time. I have had this car at 80mph, with 5 people including my present inside the car, and there was plenty more power to spare, the only problem was the road was not long enough to go any faster.

The car looks amazing with its alloy wheels and I also ordered the twin tail pipe extension at an extra cost, which gives the car that 'aggressive' look and has a nice note when the engine is running.

Cons - washing the car is fine, it is relatively easy to keep clean, especially for a black car, though polishing the car is a nightmare, don't ever try it if you have no patience, the polish makes the paintwork really swirly and awful and you need to wash and dry the car again before it really shines, apart from that, no bother.

To sum up, if you want a reliable car, which can hold 5 people comfortably, complete with luggage and travel at high speed, then buy a fiesta, it won't let you down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2004