1997 Ford Fiesta LS from UK and Ireland - Comments

15th Jul 2004, 16:37

It had been truly well looked after, this car was just Junk. Got the Corsa and am getting another one in a few weeks, have had absolutely no problems whatsoever... So that tells me all I need to know!!

4th Nov 2004, 13:50

The 1.3 is an 8 valve engine. The 16v 1.25 or 1.4 engines are much more refined, smooth and powerful. The 16v models are by far the pick of the bunch in my opinion and the 8v models just sound like a bag of nails.

24th Sep 2006, 14:52

Clearly a disgruntled Vauxhall owner posting a fake review.

It's a dead giveaway that not only is "LS" a Vauxhall trim level, not a Ford one, but most of the "review" is dedicated not to saying how bad the Fiesta supposedly is, but how much better the Corsa is. This flies in the face not only of my experience, but of every professionally written car review on the planet.

At the end of the day, the Fiesta has its faults, mostly in the build quality stakes, but it's a brilliant handling car with go-kart like steering and terrific balance when pushed hard. The Yamaha designed Zetec-SE engines are peachy smooth, reliable, and stupidly powerful for their size (Yamaha make class leading motorcycle and outboard motors with 200+ bhp per litre and 17,000 RPM and have done for years).

The Corsa is a typical rubbery, understeering, charisma-free Vauxhall with no feel or finesse whatsoever. Not a bad car, and some models go well enough, but woefully average at best. Put a Fiesta and a Corsa with similar power up against each other over some back roads, and the Corsa wouldn't know what had left it standing.

Find me a professional review that disagrees with my summary, or that has ever called the Corsa a better car than the Fiesta, and I am happy to stand corrected. I think you'll struggle, mind.

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