2011 Ford Fiesta SES 1.6 from North America
Fun to drive, good on gas, some common transmission issues
95,000km - Transmission (automatic clutch part) replaced at 95,000km. This is a well documented issue if you search "fiesta transmission issues" and was covered under warranty. *WARRANTY - No cost*
140,000km - Transmission came back. This time they replaced the automatic clutch with an updated part. Drives better than before - I have confidence that this time it is fixed for good, but we will see. *WARRANTY - No cost*.
155,000km - Radiator fan shorted out and was smoking. Replaced radiator fan assembly at the dealership. *Cost was $750.00 total*
Other than that - just standard maintenance (brakes/tires/oil and a turn signal bulb).
Fun car to drive. Has been fairly reliable - and very cheap to run. Good on gas - it only costs me $35 to fill up the tank!
Driving and performance:
Transmission was a little jerky at first - after being replaced under the powertrain warranty (which Ford extended to 160,000km) things work a lot smoother now - but still an occasional jerk here and there.
Stereo sounds great (6 speakers - 75W I believe), the bluetooth works very well also. Menu options are basic, but everything you would expect is there. I like the "auto 3 flashes" feature on the turn signals - which makes lane changes easier (it can be turned on or off). No auto feature on the headlights - I have drained the battery down twice already and had to get boosted because I left the lights on! (my fault of course - my last 2 cars had auto-headlights).
The car has been fairly reliable. The only time I've ever been stranded was when I drained the battery by leaving the headlights on - and when the radiator fan died I got it towed. No big deal as it happened close to home and I have CAA. The cheap cost to run the car has made up for these minor annoyances.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th January, 2016