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Absolute Lemon — This was my first new car and from Day 1 it was a nightmare: The engine stalled almost every time it rained--which happens a LOT in Maryland. Naturally it stalled most often late at night in the middle of nowhere or on a long stretch of freeway with miles to the next exit--pretty scary for a young woman on her own. I'd just moved to Md for a new job (my first after college) and the last thing I needed was an unreliable car. I kept taking it back to the dealer and they kept saying they couldn't find any problem. Naturally. Finally someone figured out it was a "hairline crack" in the distributor cap, but that took years to find out and by then I was so sick of the blasted car that I wanted to roll it off a cliff or set it on fire. I was lucky to sell it 4 years later when I moved overseas. I'd been leery of getting a Ford in the first place but didn't have a lot of money. The only reason I bought it was because it was made in Germany--I thought surely that was a good thing, right? ... Nope, not necessarily; even Germans produce the occasional lemon, or at least Ford Germany did. In the end, that car caused so much aggro and true anxiety that I'll NEVER buy another Ford. There is probably a subtype of PTSD caused wholly by the Ford Fiesta, I swear. At the time, I remember wishing for a special place in hell for the morons who built and sold it. Which brings me to the dealership where I bought the car (Academy Ford in Laurel, Md). The level of ineptitude and disrespect they showed deserves mention. Whether or not they were any worse than other dealership at the time, I don't know. I'm sure that if I'd brought along a male family member or boyfriend I would have gotten respect and answers a lot sooner, but that wasn't an option. Since I see that Academy is still in business, I hope that means they've improved.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Loved the navy blue color and having a rear-window wiper. Liked having a hatchback for the cargo space--big enough for a twin mattress with back seat folded down. With back seat up, retractable mesh cover hid cargo behind seat. It was a lot like the VW Rabbit or Golf in style but more affordable.

Cons: The engine stalled almost every time it rained--which happens a LOT near the coast. Finally someone figured out it was due to a "hairline crack" in the distributor cap; spray from the road surface would get through the crack.
Other cons: very noisy. I had the bare bones model (no AC or radio), but all Fiestas were basically tin cans on wheels.
The mechanical unreliability makes me give the car an overall "D" rating.

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Its A Great Car. — the car is good and fun to drive.it handle good and the acceleration is good if you know how to use the gears and if the carb is adjusted right.the brakes are not great but they are good it stop fast for having manual brakes.I felt safe driving it.I had it up to 80 mph one time.would not recommend it.it feels like its floating so bad idea.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It gets 30 to 37 in the city and 43 highway.
not really any maint cost.

Cons: a beast to start in really cold weather.
a little road noise.

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1980 Ford Fiesta Rock On. — Super sick car. I want another one already. It was like a vw rabbit mk1 or 2. Nothing to the car at all. very simple easy to work on. fun to drive. Not one if you want to impress with power. but girls think its cute! well. . not my girlfriend. lol

Pros: So small so indie, so portland.

Cons: It was molested by the previous  owner.

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Great If You Live In A Dry Country! — Did not like the damp, she was a beast I loved her boxey shape. She had issues with the clutch, I remember some plastic cog thing behind the pedal. I owned 2 Fiesta's, my first car which was white got stolen and then I had one in midnight blue, I loved them despite their issues!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: You could make them look great, with alloy wheels.

Cons: Pretty old now.

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29 Years And Counting — I first saw the Fiesta when I was stationed in Germany in 1978 and bought my 1598cc US Spec Fiesta new in September 1980, when I was transferred stateside to Ft. Polk, LA. She was bare bones, with an AM/FM radio and a sunroof. At Ft. Polk it gained the nickname "Fiesty" and I drove it back and forth from Indiana to Fort Polk and all over Louisiana and East Texas until '82 and then daily to school and then daily to my cushy government job. At 89,000 miles I converted her into an SCCA ITC racer in 1986. In that first race I came from way back and lost by only 3 feet. We ended up taking a win, 3 more 2nd places and 2 4th places. I never raced her again, but have driven her on the street occasionally since. I went on to work full in racing, but just about everywhere I have gone I took my Fiesty. She is in the garage right now, waiting for a some much needed bodywork.

Pros: Reliable, great mileage

Cons: Weak Brakes

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Grean Lightning — This car was super sweet, it was lime green and had a fake carbon fiber hood. I think I had RX-7 seats in it but only a front drivers side seat. I had a great time in this car but it only had a 4 speed so it only got like 24 miles to the gallon so I couldn't afford to drive it to work.

Pros: Fun to drive

Cons: gas milage

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Pile Of C**p! — It was my first car and I drove the heck out of it. However, the paint on the wings faded, the driveshaft went (twice), the clutch went, brakes were poor quality as was the interior. Generally naff!

Pros: Cheap (but, for a reason).

Cons: All of them. Don't bother with it. Pile of poo!

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957 Cc Of Raw Power! — My first proper car on the road a MK1 fiesta popular plus 957cc. Had all the mod cons,like windows,seats and even a fuel gauge. A great little car,but liked to chew up front tryes every few months

Pros: Reliable motoring

Cons: Liked front tyres a bit too much

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Aaah My First Ever Car, Given To Me By My Parents. Nicknamed Fifi — As this was my first car and given to me I had no complaints as didnt have anything to compare it with. It got me from A to B reliably most of the time, had some little hiccups but then the car was nearly vintage!! She didnt like the cold so had to put a blanket under the bonnet on very cold nights.

Pros: An OK first car for me

Cons: No power steering etc but then it was a 1980!!

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Rarest Of The Fiestas... — This Fiesta Supersport was my first growd up car! Ford produced less than 3000 of these beauties and I was really lucky to get hold of one as nice as this. It had a 1300 Kent engine with Big Weber carb and K&N filter - sounded great. Best bit was the RS four-spoke alloys - loved'em. Drove it for a few years, and then managed to pass it on for more than I originally paid for it - can't be bad!

Pros: Great image, and good overall performance

Cons: didn't like the rain :-(

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2014 Ford Fiesta Reviews

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2013 Ford Fiesta Reviews

Overall, Id Give It 3.5 Stars. Australian Cl 5 Speed Manual 5 Dr Hatch. By Fun_363

I think the build quality is acceptable. No rattles or squeaks and nothing has fallen off yet. Mazda 2 comes out of Thailand also and no complaints about them. Very good acceleration and fuel consumpt... Read More

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I found nothing negative about this vehicle. It does what it is advertised to do, and has had no issues at all. The mostr reliable car I have ever owned, and I have had many in my 80 years of life. Read More

2012 Ford Fiesta Reviews

Overall A Good Car. By Jirasek24

We liked the vehicle as a total package. Lots of nice features, handled well, amazing MPG, very modern and updated style. However, it is a small vehicle, not a lot of room. Also, not the best transmis... Read More

This Car Is Beyond Suitable For Any Driver, Young To Old. By bsinega

There truly was not much i did not like about this vehicle. Incredibly comfortable drive, extremely cheap to fuel, easy to maintain and take care of. I would recommend this car to any beginner driver ... Read More

2011 Ford Fiesta Reviews

Fair. Decent. By RonaldVII

The Ford Fiesta is a decent enough car, but lacking what I used to know as Ford quality. Interior parts break, glovebox won't latch, sun visor broke off , mirror fell off. Very aggravating. The 1.6 is... Read More

Fun By xr7gt390

This car has some cool features for an economy car like heated seats, ability to change ambient lighting colors, SiriusXM and Blue Tooth. I also like that it is easy to park, I can always find a good... Read More

2010 Ford Fiesta Reviews

Fiesta 2010 By Emil

Nice car. Performance is not so good, but I like it.Build quality that's what I like in this car and her appearance too. Yes! It is fun car to drive because of the ABS ESP system, you can make eve... Read More

I Would Recommend To Buy Ford Fiesta By Vijaykumar

Awesome Car with good looks and comfortable drive. I really njoy driving Ford Fiesta all the time. Its look is awesome. The color which i took was black and it looks awesome when i look it anywhere ... Read More

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