2013 Ford Fiesta Reviews

2013 Ford Fiesta SE from North America

Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance1300 miles
Previous carKia Spectra

Summary:

Not reliable and poor service

Faults:

Took it in for trans. issues at 700 miles. Was told it was normal to bang, slip and smell until it's broken in at 1k miles. Now they say it needs a new clutch and there are none to be had anywhere on a waiting list.

Don't stop on a hill, because when you try to take off, the RPM goes up, but you roll backwards!

My daughter's first new car, and needless to say it will probably be her last Ford!

General Comments:

This car is junk as far as I'm concerned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st May, 2013

22nd May 2013, 10:00

Use caution when any manufacturer puts out any new designs or models. That is also true with newly designed parts of the car. In this case the Ford-Getrag electronically shifted transmission made in Mexico, which is a cutting edge transmission given to the public. It has some bugs in it, and it needs a little time to get them out. Ford has been quietly replacing those 6 speed automatic transmissions that have problems.

As these large companies press for economy and strict emissions on their cars, there are bound to be teething problems now and then. If you don't want to be treated like a lab rat, wait a year or two before you buy any new designed car or any newly designed parts of the car. And even then, comb through the internet for problems the public is having with newly designed cars or equipment.

Luckily Ford is coming forward and fixing their mistakes. Some companies don't care, and you are on your own.

31st May 2013, 13:19

Dear Sir,

You say give the companies a year or two to sort out their new technologies. I bought a new Fiesta with the Getrag 6 speed dual clutch transmission in 2011. After a few months of driving, I had problems with the transmission (similar as described above), and despite several trips back to Ford to have the problem rectified, it is still not fixed.

Sounds to me that after 2 years, Ford is no closer in building a proper transmission for the Fiesta?

31st May 2013, 21:16

Ford has a history of screwing up their new models. The Fiesta only came out in North America a couple of years ago, so their models are bound to have problems.

7th Jun 2013, 13:55

Had the car in again for transmission problems, slipping clutch in second gear.

Mechanics took the tranny out and found a leaking seal that leaked oil onto the clutch.

It took them a couple of days to sort out, but whatever they did seemed to have worked, because it now drives and shifts gears better than the day when we picked it up from the dealer.

Ford is lucky to have such skilled and passionate people working for them; they did a great job.

Let’s hope this is finally the end of the transmission problems. I have one year of warranty left; if it plays up again during that time, then I feel that have no choice but to trade in the Fiesta for something else, like a Japanese or German car.

2013 Ford Fiesta SE Sedan 1.6 Duratec Ti-VCT I-4 engine from North America

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Duratec Ti-VCT I-4 engine Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36 miles
Most recent distance386 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

This is an amazing car, and I am extremely happy with my purchase

General Comments:

The new Ford Fiesta is a beautiful car. It has the new Microsoft Sync built-in, so that you can connect your phone with Bluetooth to receive and make calls. The system is able to dial numbers with your phone through voice activation. There is also a number pad on the dash that can be used to dial numbers as well.

I am averaging about 28.7 MPG in the city where I live, but Ford says it can get up to about 39 on the highway. They also told me that some people have reported averaging around 43 MPG, but it is dependent on how you drive.

The seats are very comfortable, and the interior is surprisingly spacious for such a small car. From the outside, the trunk also looks very small, but when it is open, you can see that the trunk is actually very deep and spacious as well.

The car is slightly jerky when I push on the gas sometimes (not often), but I attribute this to still not being fully accustomed to the new engine compared to my old car (which had transmission slip).

The dashboard and steering wheel are accented with red lighting (may or may not vary with other Fiestas) that looks very sharp.

At $3.15 per gallon of gas, it only takes about $30 to fill it up, and lasts about 2.5 weeks. My old car cost about $45 to fill and only lasted about 1.75 weeks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2012

16th Dec 2012, 18:04

Ford is offering a more fuel efficient Fiesta sedan soon. It will have a three cylinder turbo engine. Looks are subjective, but I don't care for the look of the Fiesta sedan. The hatch looks far better.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews