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Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec 3dr

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      16.09.2015 21:34
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      Love this little car! Great first time car

      After passing my driving test, I was looking for a car which would be reliable cheap to run and easy to drive.

      My mum and dad had both had fiestas in the past and were keen that I try it out. I am so glad that I did.

      Whilst my little fiesta has now gone to the car park in the sky, it was the best little car that I have ever owned.

      Fiestas are known for their reliability, this is definitely true. They just seem to go and go and go. Mine had over 100,000 miles on the clock when it was time to get rid of it.

      On the very rare occasion that something went wrong with the car it was very easy and cheap to find parts, unlike other cars I have had since. Also if you know anything about car maintenance they are usually quite easy to fix up yourself.

      By modern standards the interior of the car is pretty naff however I think that by the standards of the day they were really quite stylish.

      My fiesta it was very fuel-efficient, it did quite a lots of miles around town and was particularly economical on the motorway.

      I always felt that my fiesta was quite a safe car, although I am not sure if it would be considered as such nowadays.

      It was quite cheap to insure my fiesta as a young person and it was also relatively cheap to tax.


      I would highly recommend a fiesta, even if it is an old one if you are looking for your first car as a young person. I had so many brilliant times in mine!

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      03.03.2014 15:26
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      All round great car

      I have had my Ford Fiesta Zetec for just over 4 years now and I have never had a problem with it. Apart from paying to put it through its mot every year I haven't had to spend a penny on it. The only problem I have with it is the fact it drinks petrol. It only does about 35 mpg which isn't a lot at all. It's a pretty nippy car when you put your foot down, especially in third gear for some reason. I have no plans to change the car anytime soon, it's very reliable and it's great to drive on the motorway. I remember being a passenger in my friends Peugeot and it was shaking when we hit 80. I also think it's very spacious, I do a lot of tip runs and it's very easy to drop the back seats and fit a lot of stuff in there. Definitely an ideal car for young drivers, cheap insurance and tax. Would recommend it to anyone

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        25.09.2008 00:49
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        Fantastic Little car, Does everything you could ever want it to do, and more, *****

        I just turned 17, and was looking for a first car for AGES, I was very stuborn about having just any car for my first car as i had been in full-time work for a year and could afford to spend abit more than "first car money," and i now own:
        2001 (51 reg) Dark Green Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec S 16V:
        -Power steering,
        -Alloy wheels,
        -Electric Windows,
        -CD Player (Built in),
        -Front and rear fog lights,
        -Central locking (not remote),
        -Funky little rear spoiler,
        -Boot reliece button (on bottom of dash to unlock boot)
        -26,000 miles (Full service story and proof of mileage)
        -!!!!!!!!£2200!!!!!!!!!!

        If you look hard enough and be patient you relly can get a bargain on one of these little cars!

        I was glad i decided to buy a fiesta instead of something like a 206, which is considerd a "more desirable car" I could not figure out why someone with abit more than "frst car money" would spend it on a 206 when they could get even more kit, and all round value for money out of one of these cracking little fiesta's.

        The fiesta is extremelly nippy and an exellent first car as its easy to drive, very comfortable, Has a BIG boot (plenty for room for the weekly shop), Folding rear seats for even more back space, and the blowers (although not quite upto air-con standard are still exellent) And if it has been looked after, they look absolutley great! This is a small, cheap car that you wont be ashamed to be seen in.

        The downsides to this car (although hard to pick out) are:
        -No Air-Conditioning
        -The Steering Wheel cannot be adjusted (although chair can be well adusted which can mostly solve this problem)
        -Rear leg room could be a little better (although not uncomfortable)

        Overall the Fiesta is a Great little car and i really would reccomend this car to ANYONE looking for a first car, or even just a small run about.

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        19.03.2008 12:38

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        My wife and I have owned fiestas for some years and the latest was bought in april last year. When we bought it we were told we would notice an improvement over the previous one. Not so.It is a relatively large ponderous car which is sluggish. Is it because the new safety features require more room and weight ? The petrol consumption is about 38 mpg and even on a run does not get any better.On the latest servising I suggested that the tappets might be a bit noisy but this was translated as "there was a tapping noise" ! What can you do when faced with this ?

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        01.02.2007 01:25
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        Excellent run around cars, will happily do anything you set it to do!

        I recently turned 18 and thought to myself, I'm fed up of using my dads car so I quickly got out there looking for my first car. There were so many different choices and I was slightly confused which to choose untill one day my little fiesta popped up!

        I thought to myself, they must be pretty decent cars, you see so many of them on the roads and i can see why.

        I ended up buying my 1998 S Reg Fiesta 1.25i 16v Zetec (94k on the clock!) for just under £1000 and it was a complete steal, your probably thinking to yourself 94k eek stay away but the engine when started (first time everytime!) sounds no louder than new cars.

        The fiesta in itself is an excellent car, ok, it isn't the most luxurious, nor is it the quickest car out there but being 18 years old it gets me from A to B quite comfortably and fairly quickly. The car in itself does have a lot of plus points and a few negatives.

        Some of the plus points which are fairly useful are:

        Front and Rear Fog Lights
        Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
        Airbags
        Central Locking (Sadly not remote...)
        Electric Windows (LX Zetec Model Only I Believe)

        Something I can't seem to match in any other car (including my dads 05 corsa) are the Ford heaters! My car will be boiling hot within a matter of 1 or 2 minutes and will stay lovely and toasty!

        The boot space is suprisingly good too, you can happily fit a good weeks shopping in the boot with no issues.

        The only real negatives I've noticed within my fiesta seems to be a common problem, leaky doors..The only other issue which doesnt affect me as I'm up front is the back seats are rather cramped so i'm told (but I am 6'3 so...) Oh and the steering column isn't adjustable which can be a pain but you learn to deal with it!

        Overall i'm really impressed with my fiesta though, the 1.25 engine although sounding small is infact very nippy, it's great on motorways, extremely quiet and will happily sit at 70 or cruise past other people without any issues. The MPG in the car is also fairly good, i get between 30-40 dependant on situation of course.

        Any bad rumours you've heard about this car, ignore them. It's an excellent first car but do look out for the Ghia Models or LX Zetec models if you want those extra electric touches and added features such as Air Con, Eletric Mirrors etc.

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          31.01.2006 17:08
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          An excellent allround car that can be picked up for very little money

          I Purchased this car in 2001 on an x reg in a mettalic green the engine is a 1.25 Zetec freestyle
          I got it tax free as i was in the army so i only paid £7300 but it retailed at £9500.
          This was my first car and is to date the most reliable car iv ever owned i got the first service done by the garage and all subsequence servicing was done by myself and this is the perfect car for the diyer as everything is so accessable and easy to change/renew. i owned the car for 3 and a half years and in that time the car never once missed a beat it started first time every time,.
          Fuel consumption was very good it cost about £30 to fill the tank and that would do about 320 miles which is around 40 miles per gallon.
          acceleration was very reasonable for the engine size with a 0-60 time of about 10.5 seconds, the time recorded speed i had out of mine was 120 mph but generally it was good for 115 mph on most motorways even though the book says 107 mph.

          The seats were very comfortable and never caused me any problems on very long journeys.
          the steering column is not adjustable which is a slight downside but it was in a good position for me but may not suit everyones driving style.

          The heating system is very good which is invaluble in winter it takes a matter of 2 minutes to be fully heated.
          my model came with 5 spoke 14 inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps, just to add a sporty look.

          the boot space is very generous with space for a weeks shop and a buggy in the back no problem.
          for anyone thinking of buying this car i fully recommend it.

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            25.08.2003 05:42
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            Despite most of the other reviews saying the problem with the Fiesta is the size, DON'T LET THIS PUT YOU OFF!! I find the size ample - we use this car to shift all my stuff to and from Uni 6 times a year, and I have a lot of stuff. Also, last summer we fitted 2 televisions, a microwave, one big box of Uni notes, 4 adults and 4 adults' belongings for a week all into the fiesta for a 10-hour round trip from Manchester to Belfast and back (via Stanstead). Admittedly, it was cramped, but still... The only size drawback is that legroom in the back is slightly cramped. What puts this apart from other similar-sized cars is that the engine performs so well, both powerful and if you want, economical. I have a V-reg 1.25 16v Fiesta Zetec, bought by my dad mainly for me (I am a poor 19-year old student), but he uses it too. This engine allows me to really push it - to maximum revs on most journeys, and it is really fun on corners, very fast, good handling, is safe, looks sporty - basically, it is everything anyone could want for a first car. I had for a few weeks a 1.4 Fiesta Ghia, and the smaller-engine Zetec performs just as well, using less petrol, and I can actually insure it for a reasonable(ish) price. The Zetec comes with metallic paint 4-spoke alloys, spoiler and white dashboard monitors as well, unlike the Ghia. However, the car suits my dad as well as it suits me: its comfortable on long journeys, uses hardly any petrol at all if he wants to drive economically and, well, he likes it. So, if you're looking for a car to share between a parent and son/daughter, or buy outright for a new driver, I think this is it. Insurance costs means cars this size are pretty much all is available to 17-year olds, and while fiestas in general are the most common of the lot probably, Fiesta Zetecs are not so common, and offer much better performance than standard fiestas. I like the looks too... My advice, if buying, is to look at
            2-3 year old fiestas: with brand new fiestas, there's quite a large price difference between standard fiestas and fiesta Zetecs, but after a couple of years the price difference is minimal, but the difference in quality is large. (Personally, I prefer the old-look fiestas, not the new ones that look like a Focus, but that's just my opinion.) This might all sound like a long sales pitch, but I've had my Fiesta 2 years, and if I had the chance to get any car in this range again, I'd definitely still get a Zetec!

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              01.04.2002 07:08
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              I own a mark 4 Fiesta Zetec 1.25 which I bought back in February 2001. I think it's a great little car to drive, probably the best car of it's class and size. Ride and Handling: This is where the Fiesta really excels. It can take corners at speed with no problem and it grips the road really well, the Zetec includes power-steering and uprated suspension. The overall ride is very comfortable and secure thanks to the sports-style front seats. Engine: The 1.25 16v Zetec engine is very responsive and will rev quite happily when you plant your right foot down. Power is around 75bhp as standard which is impressive for such a small engine. Space: Front space is very good, this is due to the fact the front dashboard has been pushed back for the front passenger. Rear space is disappointing because the front chairs push back too far causing lack of room for rear passenger's legs. Boot space is adequate and will accomodate several large bags. Style: The mark 4 is a very nice looking car in my opinion, it is quite curvy and has a nice modern look. The Zetec is an impressive car and comes with metallic paint, rear spoiler, colour-coded bumpers, front fog-lights and 14" alloy wheels. Costs: The Fiesta has always been pretty cheap to run, you will get about 40mpg from the Zetec which is respectable. As long as you have the car serviced at regular intervals you should have no problems. The only problem I know of with these Fiestas are minor electrical faults in some models. Insurance and tax will be cheap as it is only a 1.25 engine. Overall: The Fiesta Zetec is a great, fun car to drive and worth every penny. Highly recommended!

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                20.05.2001 01:04
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                HEADLINES: FIESTA IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, I repeat: Fiesta is not good enough. The Ford fiesta has always been the stereotype of Britians crappy little chuggalongs. Well, I think it's time to start the train and close the doors. The fiesta is not good enough; it's fuel consumption is good, but the shabby design says it all; Budget bodge-up. It's all too common these days. But Ford.co.uk reckons: 'For elegant style and added value, the Ford Fiesta is bound to impress. With its stylish alloy wheels and unique seat trim, you can rely on the Ford Fiesta Flight to stand out from the crowd. A large range of features as standard, impressive fuel consumption and performance figures all add up a small car with more value than ever before.' All I can say is: Yup, I believe you...

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                  19.05.2001 21:16
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                  Zetec, the ultimate name in the Ford Dictionary, but what does it mean? The Ford fiesta Zetec is the sporty model in a long and established range of Fiesta models. Here is a bit of “Did you know?” for the enthusiast, and even the genuinely interested. The Fiesta is the most common car on the road in the UK; with an estimated half a million taxed cars being driven around. Built at Dagenham, Essex, the 1 millionth car rolled of the production line some years ago. The Fiesta is the last car to be built by Ford in the UK When production of the fiesta stops, an association of Ford cars and the UK will cease after some 80 years The Dagenham plant, once the largest in the world was originally marshland. Fiestas have had roughly 5 shape changes in its life cycle. They now come in 6 different models, including the diesel. They are Flight, LX, Zetec S, Freestyle, Ghia and E-Diesel. Prices start from £6995, up to appx £12,000 top of the range Ghia, with all mod cons and extras. Right, now this one is about the Zetec model, so lets give you the low down. Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec. Standard. Power steering. Alloy Wheels Air Con (2000 model year and late 1999 old shape cars only.) Metallic Paint Drivers Air Bag Central Locking Electric Windows Immobiliser Rear Spoiler Colour Coded Interior Radio Cassette Extras Sun Roof £250 Air Con (1999 and earlier models) £500 5 Door Models £1000 CD £200 Average price of 3 door new £7995 5 door £8995 3 year old model now £4000 Main Dealer £3500 private Zetec comes from the Engine which was a jointly pioneered with another car company, possibly Honda, but I cant be to sure, and if someone does remember exactly, leave a mention in the comments, and I will update this with a reference to you. The Zetec engine is made from alloys rather than steel, therefore it is lighter and less prone to rust. The lighter element gives you a much higher fuel efficiency, and a better all round performance, hence the sporty image, and the fast acceleration. Performance Very nippy car, makes for good acceleration around town, and also lane changing on Motorways. The 1.25 engine is 16v, which equates to a 1400 engine, and even a 1600 engine from 6 or 7 years ago. Fine, pokey, acceleration up until 80 MPH, where it starts to fizzle slightly. Handles like a dream, with an advanced chassis that hugs the road. Corners well, and not too much vibration at speed. Wheel tends to fight you slightly at high-speed turns, but you would expect this. Fuel economy is also superb, with over 45 MPG on Journeys, and 34 MPG around town. Now, with these stats on Fuel, I ask you to take a pinch of slat when reading them. I am so heavy footed, and always want to accelerate faster than Joe Bloggs in the lane next to me, that my fuel economy is going to be a lot less the Granny Smith in her Zetec, at an average speed of 20 MPH, and the acceleration of a three toed Sloth! I feel that each person knows his or her limitation when driving, and should bare this in mind when purchasing a car. Zetec is available in a range of different colours, depending on the year and model etc. (Just to let you know, Ford have about 3 different model changes a year, in dealer talk, and change certain features, such as air con standard instead of optional. So if someone says your car is a 99.5 model year, that is what they mean.) Some of the colours that they did were, Melina Blue Pacific Green Panther Black And so on. Inside Measurements Not much room! I am 6 ft and struggle to move about freely. Not much room in the back for passengers, and I would only recommend this to be used
                  for children in the back. Ideal for a height of up to 5ft 10, no more (in my opinion!) Headroom is not to bad, but if you fit a sunroof, it is even worse. Seats are sport type, so comfortable if you are not on the large side. There is an ashtray! And a cigarette lighter for plugging your phone charger in. All in all, a sporty model, very reliable, and one that I would recommend to any couple without children, and on a budget for a small but sporty car. I think it is group 4 or 5 insurance Angus

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