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Ford Fiesta Flight 1.3L

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      13.03.2012 22:20

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      You can't go far wrong with a fiesta

      My partner and I both have fiestas and the flight is his. I've had a total of 5 fiestas over the years. This one is a 2001 model and he's had it for about 7 years now, I drive it reguarly so thought i'd tell you about it!

      It sits low to the ground which I feel makes it nice and stable - it takes corners well and it pretty good in the snow - better than my 2008 model. I think it looks pretty good for it's age too.

      When I compare it to my car and others, the brakes are pretty slow to react. The driving position isn't great either especially if you've got long legs. The steering is also pretty heavy. I also find that the stearing wheel kinda covers the speedometer a little .

      It looks smaller than the newer models of fiestas but it is a bit of a tardis- we've managed to get two bicycles in the back of the car (with the seat down) and have been camping in it.

      Due to it's age it has a few little irritations; the boot lock is a bit dodgy and the boot release inside the car stopped working but has started again now! I've had the same with other fiestas - they get a lot of minor problems and sometimes slightly bigger ones but they pretty much always keep going! This one hasn't stopped moving once in the 7 years he's had it.

      Fiestas are pretty good value too and this model is no exception.

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      11.07.2010 19:27
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      I wouldn't swap it for anything else under £1000

      I have owned my ford fiesta for just over a month now. It is my first car and was a gift from my aunty so no fee was paid for it, although through some research I estimate it to be worth about £500. On first inspection it is quite a smart looking car. Its not too overstated and even though its 14 years old it the exterior design isn't as dated as would be expected for a car of its age.

      The interior is generally well made with the blue plastic and being too flimsy and as result it doesn't feel cheap inside. My car isn't fitted with the factory radio so I can't comment on that but the speakers are pretty good and don't become that distorted as the volume increases. Electric windows in the front of the car are a major plus for a car of its age and just adds to the quality feel of the car. The seats are comfortable and the general driving postion is very good. One critisicm of the interior is the sunroof which can't be fully opened which is a bit annoying but thats not a major problem.

      Performance wise it's not the fastest car in the world but then again it was never designed to be a sports car. The acceleration is pretty good so its not going to leave you feeling too vulnerable pulling on to a motorway from a slip road and it doesn't vibrate wildly at 70mph like some small cars do.

      The Fiesta is fiited with a 42 litre tank and at the moment I'm getting about 40mpg which is abit low for a car of its size but then again it is 14 years old and a range of about 400 miles is pretty good so you won't be visiting a petrol station every other day unless you are doing some serious mileage.

      Overall then a very good first car and for around £500 a very reliable car too.

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      21.08.2008 12:05

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      Goes from A to B in reasonable comfort but not a lot else. Car lacks any real driver feedback in just about all respects and has what is best described as a general squidgy feel. The std ford stereo is absolutely abismal. In short a perfectly sound investment for a first car at the right price and reliability should be pretty good too but that is where it ends as they say.

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      07.01.2008 00:42

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      My first car, and a great car! Good performance from a 1.3, great steering/breaking and reliable! Have had no problems with it at all. Fitted an alarm and some speakers, and is now an even better car! Has really nice wheels and a great look to it. Because its black, i have to clean it every week. Some might think thats a downside but because i enjoy cleaning and maintaining the car i love it :) im looking to sell mid 2008, only because i want a newer focus, but this has been an excellent starter car.

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      21.11.2007 17:54
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      If you're into boot release buttons this might suit, otherwise look elsewhere.

      This car is a death-trap. It's got more roll than Kingsmill, the brakes are feeble, it understeers, it's cheap and plastic, it rusts, the engine's too whinny (even for a 1.3).

      The ONLY good thing I can see about this car is it has a button to release the boot from inside. Although, to be honest, I could quite happily do away with this in turn for a reasonable car.

      Do yourself a favour and buy something different.

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        12.06.2006 12:53
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        Great first car, but not ideal for a family as quite cramped in the back

        This is an ideal first car. I currently have a 51 plate 1.3 fiesta flight in moondust silver and I love it! It’s fairly cheap to run on petrol – when the prices are low! However, with prices how they are, about 95.9 pence per litre, it takes £30 to fill the tank. This also falls into a low insurance category, I think either 3 or 4.

        The only problem that I found with mine is that the endura engine that was used in the old mark one fiesta is still used in this one which makes a rattling noise when you accelerate, which at first I thought there was something wrong with the car, but it is just the engine. This can easily be drowned out by music though which isn’t too bad!
        If the noise would bother you but you like the look of a fiesta, go for the one that has the 1.25 engine…this also comes with a spoiler too…nice!

        The fiesta is a really good, popular car, the interior is nice and simple and I especially like the look of the dashboard…it’s much nicer than the dashboard in the new shape fiesta.
        This car is made by Ford so most good dealerships will have at least one in stock! You can expect to pay between £2100 and £3300 for a 5 year old fiesta, varying depending on the mileage and whether you buy the car from a garage or privately.

        The actual car looks stylish, especially the 3 door, it comes with alloy wheels and central locking and a sun roof for those hot days!

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          03.04.2004 19:46
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          • "Noisy when revved or travelling at high speed"

          Way back in 2001, we decided that our Red Peugeot 106 Kid should go into retirement (it actually went to a universtiy student!!!!). We went to the local Ford Garage, as we'd seen an advert in the local paper for a Fiesta Finesse - the new fiesta was just about to be released, and i think they were trying to get rid of the old-style fiestas. Anyway, to cut a long story short, we ended up with a Fiesta Flight 1.3 3-door, in Dark True Blue (it's not metallic unfortunately) for £7395. This car had a choice of black/dark grey or light grey trim, and it came with 7-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, it had power steering (the 106 didn't), and it had a casette player ( the 106 didn't even have a radio!), so it seemed really good at first. Nowadays, alot of cars have CD Players which come as standard, but you can easily buy an adapter, which you insert into the casette player, and attach to a CD Walkman, and then you can play CD's. It's a brilliant car to drive. As it's my mum's, and i'm only 16, I've only driven it once or twice around a private track, but it handles brilliantely, and the power steering makes it even better. I don't know alot about cars, but it's quite powerful, if fairly noisy when revved or on a motorway. The Fiesta also lacks some standard equipment which you could come to expect on newer cars e.g. a CD Player, Fog Lights, Air Conditioning. In conclusion, the exterior isn't bad; it's still a very stylish car, however the front grille may divide opinion! Inside, the interior is nice; the dashboard might appear a bit dull though. Back leg room is adequate for young kids, but getting 2, or even 3 adults in the back may prove fruitless. The carpet inside is absolute murder to vacuum - a small air-powered turbobrush attatched to the hose might do a slightly better job, and they are in-expensive to buy. The boot (or trunk if you're american) is of a very respectable size - It ca
          n easily manage a weekly shop, and if you go to a Ikea on a whim, the seats fold down to provide ample space - though the new wardrobe or bed may require something a little bigger to get home. As i have mentioned earlier, I do not drive the car regularly, however as a passenger, it's not a bad car to be driven in. With a drivers airbag and a radio, and good company, a long drive won't be so bad. The Fiesta is fairly cheap to buy, second hand fiestas can be bought for a wide variety of dealers - it's probably best to go to a ford dealer, who know a lot more, and can look after the car much better. They would sell there for £4,000 - £6,000 approximately. If you can spare abit more money though, the new style fiesta might be a good bet - it has a CD Player, airbags etc. as standard, and is rather more stylish a car. It is around £7,000 for the basic finesse model, culminating in the luxurious ghia model All in all, it ain't half bad!!! thanks for reading

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            19.03.2002 09:54
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            my dad got a new Fiesta Flight 1.3i in january '02 i had a go a fortnight ago and it was amazing i've drove a '90 Transit an '96 Escort and a '88 Citroen bx and the fiesta was by far the best, it handles GREAT. It has as STANDARD; power steering, central locking, ABS, Alloy Wheels with locking nuts, sunroof, electric boot release, drivers air bag, seatbelt pretensioners(to tighten the seatbelts in the event of an accident), anti-submarining seats(to stop you sliding under the seatbelts also in the event of an accident), and an immobiliser so the list is very long for a car costing only £6995 and falling. It is a very tidy, safe, and secure little car and for all of us boy racers out there, beautiful body kits are widely available out there and the acceleration is amazing for a car so small and affordable it is also suitable for a first car as the tax and insurance is low. 3door body style. 1.3 Efi . 14? 7-spoke alloy wheels. Central locking. Tilting/removable screened glass sunroof. 3000stereo radio/cassette.interior trim medium Truffle , the Ford Fiesta delivers colour and style in equal measure.

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              17.01.2002 08:02
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              My parents bought me a fiesta flight 1.3L for my birthday just over three months ago now and I have had no problems whatsoever yet. They decided to get me a new car when my old fiesta LX finally gave up. Having given me very little trouble at all over the past couple of years a new fiesta seemed the natural choice to make, although having a fairly low budget and given the great value for money that fiesta's offer cemented the decision. I have been told that after several 'window shopping' trips, my parents decided that I would prefer the overall appearence of the flight (and for once they were right). I have a keen interest in cars and have been driving for over 3 years now, although only two of them have been legal :o) The fiesta flight is one of the few cars among my friends and peers that I can quite happily endure a long journey in as the handling is so smooth and the seats so comfortable. The shape of the car makes it look stylish and the alloys are equally impressive, giving the impression that the car is a lot more valuable than it actually is. The features are quite limited compared to more expensive makes, most noticable of which are the lack of airbags, air conditioning and cruise control :o) I have to confess that my parents were not very original when it came to the colour of the car, standard red, although this cannot really be a complaint against the fiesta as colour is a matter of personal taste and most of the people who will read this I am assuming have the intention of buying the car themselves! For a small car, the fiesta has a suprising ammount of space, well as long as you are the driver or front passenger at least. I have had a few complaints from friends when I have tried to fit three in the back on the way to the pub. Personally I find this rather amusing and think that my superior comfort at least partially makes up for not being able to get totally off my face on booze every frid
              ay night. I can't really comment on the pros and cons of the sunroof as it tends to stay removed as a particular friend of mine seems to spend most of his life with his head through it, shouting some very odd phrases about Rolf Harris's pet monkey at innocent bystanders. Similarly the standard radio I cannot really pass judgement on, as in my opinion it is just that, standard. Being a 'music freak' it was the first thing to go in the fiesta, and guessing at the age range the car is most likely to appeal to, I would assume that it is the first thing to go in most fiestas. As far as standard radio cassettes go you can't really complain though, it worked! There is manual height adjustment for the drivers seat, which suits my mother when she borrows my car occasionally, as it allows her to see over the steering wheel. Under the hood, the fiesta is definately smart and the layout is impressive, the basic features, oil, water etc. are clearly labeled, making it easy to mainatin, even for those who know next to nothing about cars. The easy layout and clear labeling is a smart move for ford and will undoubtably save most people, even some so-called 'experts' (my dad for one) a lot of time and money in the long run. I am a university student and therefore need to do a lot of driving to and from home, carting all my belongings with me. My parents therefore decided that I needed a car with a fairly large boot, which I guess the flight has, although I have seen much bigger boots around, and mine is taken up by twin subs now anyway, totally defeating my parents objective. Saying that there is still more than enough space to carry all that I need. Now for some technical information I suppose, fuel consumption is 38.7 miles per gallon in the brochure, although looking at less bias performance tables the real figures seem to be closer to 40.9, not bad for a 1299cc engine. BHP is 60, 0-60 in 14
              .8 seconds, top speed 96mph and power steering to boot so no complaints there. I have to say that compared to it's peers, the fiesta flight's value for money is next to none, at £7000 I would have to say that it beats some more expensive models hands down. The best car on the planet it may not be, and if I were rich, you would be much more likely to see me in a lambourghini, but as far as low budget cars go, the ford fiesta flight really takes some beating!

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                14.01.2002 17:33

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                Great for new driver types - Advantages: Range of colours, great steering and handling, easy to driver for beginners - Disadvantages: ford is seen as boring

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                27.09.2001 15:49
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                My fiancé Simon has had his Fiesta for just over a month and so far we have discovered no problems. We decided to get a new car a couple of months ago when Simon had his old one broken into. He has not had a lot of luck where cars are concerned so we decided for his sake it would be best to go for a brand new one. As we had a quite a low budget it was decided a small car would have to make do. We looked around a few garages at different makes and eventually decided on the Ford Fiesta Flight. I know a fair amount about cars although I cannot drive. I am not a mechanic so I don’t know the ins and outs of how the thing runs but I can usually tell when a car doesn’t sound too healthy. The Ford Fiesta Flight has stylish alloy wheels and drives really well. I can now endure a long journey without feeling the need to stick my head out of the window to relieve myself. We went for the three door model as we didn’t feel the need to pay the extra for two extra doors. It has very basic features and is missing things like electric windows, air conditioning and front fog lights but to me these are not necessities and you get what you pay for. I particularly like the colour of our car as it is quite different. It is called Medium Steel Blue and is a mixture between blue, grey and silver. It is metallic and seems to look clean unlike colours like Black. They do a range of colours though and we was tempted t go for the silver but then we decided to be original. Inside there is plenty of space in the front. The back could prove a bit squashed with three adults in but we don’t expect to be in this situation often. There is a wind up tilted sunroof which is also removable although I think we will keep it firmly in place as I have images of us losing the glass when driving down the motorway. The radio cassette is very basic and very easy to use. The interior is really nice. We chose Midnight Bla
                ck which goes well with the colour of the car and I think is better than a light colour. In a year or so I am hoping to have learnt how to drive and see this car as mine in the future. I have sat in the drivers seat a few times and find it very comfortable. There is manual height adjustment which means it would be good for me and my fiancé as I am fairly small. Inside the bonnet it looks fairly complex and to make things easier everything that needs checking such as the screen washer, the oil, and the power steering fluid al have yellow caps to make them easier to find. I think this is a really good idea and it would save me a fair amount of time looking around. As I am a student and need things carting backwards and forwards to university we needed a car with a reasonably sized boot. This has quite a big one for a small sized car and looks as if there won’t be a problem. As for petrol consumption it is about average for a petrol car. For ours a 1299 cc catalyst engine the combined fuel consumption is 38.7 miles per gallon. this is what it says in the brochure and I am pleased to say we have tested it and worked it out to be around this figure. One of the best things about this car is the price. you can get your hands on a brand new one for around £7000 which is quite good considering the competitors. I will leave you with a comment from the driver himself. After all it is not my car and I am not driving it. (yet!) Simon’s view - “ This is my first power steering car and it feels great. I am not regretting my purchase at all and I seem to be enjoying driving again. I especially like the inside of the car as there is plenty of room to manoeuvre around. I am 6ft and I found many small cars did not have enough room for my head to breathe but this is very comfortable.”

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