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      13.06.2011 20:40

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      Good car overall with good features and a pleasure to drive

      I purchased my Fiesta in 2009 with 55,000 miles on the clock and it was in good condition and I have had no major problems with it. It drives well and has good handling, it was in overall good condition and had a full service history with two previous owners. I use the car to drive to and from work which is only two miles away and for any leisure trips that i chose to go on. As I am currently at university I get less use out of the car but it is very handy for when i do make the trip home. I had one problem last year with the heating system but this was a quick fix from the garage. The ride is comfortable and I am very happy with the interior. It doesn't have air conditioning and has wind up windows but this is because it was one of the last models to be built before they decided to change the shape in 2003. My car came with a very fancy CD player that the previous owner had thrown in with part of the deal and it was very technical and twisted out and revolved for the CD's to be put in. It flashed in the dark and had many different gadgets and buttons with it for changing the settings. However, a common feature with the Fiesta that I have noticed on other Fiesta's in my local area is the issue of rust. It mainly occurs on the wheel arches at the back and in random patches along the skirting of the door. I did not notice then when i bought the car but it has generally got worse over time due to the elements and I am annoyed that i did not spot the problem earlier. This does seem to be a common problem though as have noticed it on other Fiesta's in the area. The rear view mirror that came with the car also fell off within the first year which forced me to buy another but when the weather conditions are hot, it still does not quite stick and may fall off which is very inconvenient. The engine has not had any problems and it has passed the MOT consistently with very minor things having an effect. I would very much like to get an upgrade of this model as I like the way that they drive and handle, however the price that i paid was reasonable and if i can sort out the rust issue i think it has a good resale value.

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      25.07.2010 22:47
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      A great simple car

      I have a 70 mile round trip to work each day and need a reliable, economical and enjoyable car! Ford fiesta was not my first choice but Im glad i got it!

      Mine is a 52 plate and had 64k miles on the clock when i got it, its been really good not broken down once and is much cheaper than my old car in terms of fuel consumption and general maintenance.

      Its perfect for anyone who wants a 'no frills' car which gets you from a to b.

      It has a CD player, air conditioning, electric windows which make driving it really easy...especially listening to tunes on the motorway.

      Also for a small car it has a surprising amount of storage space in the boot and on the back seats - perfect if you are going to uni or moving between places.

      Overall its a cheap, reliable motor and would recommend it to anyone

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      10.09.2009 21:05
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      A great buy

      Now I don't know that much about cars but I bought a ford fiesta a few months ago and so far I'm impressed with it's drive ability and comfort. When I was learning to drive almost ten years ago, I learnt in a fiesta and absolutely hated the car but since going on a test drive in one a few months back my opinion changed straight away.

      The model I refer to is a three door silver freestyle model, comes with air conditioning and a heated front windscreen as standard. The heated front windscreen is fantastic at demisting and deicing, however the air conditioning seems to lack the quality of other car I have driven.

      It may be a small car but I find it very comfortable with lots of leg room. The three door model may not be the best if you use the back seats a lot as it can be uncomfortable to get in and out of but works well for me. The boot is small but when I first saw it, it was bigger than I expected which was good news for me.

      The car can do roughly 420 miles per tank (which is around 40 liters) which I have been told is quite good and I don't feel I'm filling up all the time.

      I paid £6,000 for an 08 plate which I thought was good value for money and so far it's been a fantastic car. I've done a few long journeys in it, including driving to the south of France and have been comfortable along the way.

      Overall, if your looking for a small comfortable car this is the one for you.

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      08.09.2009 22:51
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      Cheap, reliable and functional

      I bought my Fiesta about a month ago, it is an 08 registration basic model, and I must say I have been impressed! It was a lot nicer to drive than I imagined, smooth, easy and reliable at urban and motorway speeds.

      The model which I have is the 2 door version which comes equipped with airbags, a heated windscreen and air conditioning as standard. The heated windscreen is fantastic, it saves so much time in the morning to demist the windshield, unfortunately I havn't had the opportunity to de-ice it yet. The air conditioning is very good, but in comparison to a Rover 75 I used to own, the air is no where near as cold in comparison and due to the engine size of 1.25l, the power drop when it is engaged is really noticeable.

      The car is excellent for city driving around town, and is unexpectidly smooth at motorway driving as well, unfortunately it is noisier than larger cars due to the lack of sound proofing.

      Efficiency wise, the car ranges from around 40 - 45 mpg around town urban driving, to the best I have achieved of 50 mpg going 60 mph on the motorway for pretty much the entire tank full. Average driving conditions tend to achieve ~46 mpg which is not bad at all.

      The built in stereo is a single slot CD player and FM radio, it is also equipped with an auxilary input plug for MP3 player connection which is a nice feature. The FM radio can be selected to receive TA and news bulletins as well.

      Overall the car is very nice to drive, it lacks some of the extra features in the base model that you get for a little more money with cars like the Clio or the Seat Ibiza but reliability is better with the Fiesta, insurance costs are low and for maintenance purposes, spare parts are cheap as well.

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      21.05.2009 18:39

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      I have had this car for nearly 10 years now and have been very happy with it.

      I have had my Ford Fiesta 16v Freestyle since new in 2001. I opted for this model and paid a bit more for it due to the extra features such as alloy wheels, CD player, front fog lights. I don't want to jinx myself but so far I have had no major problems, it has never failed an MOT and I have not had to have any serious work done, it has been very reliable, I have only done 40000 miles so far though. I did have a bit of an annoying problem though and I think this may be a common problem on this model and other similar Fords but there are a couple of metal clips that are outside facing on rear side windows, after about a year these started rusting away and looked very unsightly. As it was only a year old you wouldn't expect that so I eventually managed to get my local Ford garage to replace these as a good will gesture, I would be interested to know if anyone else has had this problem. The car itself is a good runner, low mileage and fairy cheap to run. The CD player is very good and has 6 speakers as standard. Although it is only a 1.25 litre I have it pretty nippy at times. I have had this car for nearly 10 years now and have been very happy with it.

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      30.06.2008 16:16
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      Not a great small car

      I have been driving my mothers Ford Fiesta for the past three weeks while my own car under goes some major engine surgery so I reckon three weeks in a a few hundred miles I have enough experience to write a review.

      The car is a three door hatch and has a petrol engine which is a 1.25, this means that it has very poor acceleration and while it is a comfortable drive at fifty to sixty miles per hour it starts to scream like a banshee at anything faster than that. Drivng around town it is very nippy with nice handling and it is really easy to park. I have been on the motorway a couple of times and found myself stuck in the inside lane with no prospect of over taking unless it was a slow moving lorry, I also felt quite insignificant on the road and with no acceleration to rely on you do feel a little vulnerable.


      It was certainl a comfortable ride, I found the seats to be well padded however there was not a lot of room in he back for the rear passengers especially when my boyfriend was behind the wheel as he is six foot.



      Inside the car is rather ugly with a huge black plastic dash board and a large round speedo which makes it look like cyclops. On the plus side the air conditioning is excellent and pretty responsive across the available settings.


      Fuel consumption on long journeys is about 60 mpg while shorter journeys are about 45 mpg to 50 mpg so it is not bad. In fact being relatively cheap to run with low servicing costs is one of ts main benefits.

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        28.07.2007 19:09
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        Not the car for me but may suit some people.

        I have to admit a Ford Fiesta would not be my choice of car but having been at the front of a three car pile up a couple of weeks beforehand my own car was off to get a new rear bumper and I was presented with a brand new Ford Fiesta for a weeks driving pleasure although to be honest the only real pleasure was the fact that it had a pretty good air conditioning unit that served to remind me that I needed to get the gas topped up in my own car. Having the car for a week meant I got to do about 500 miles in all on a number of different road types so it served as a pretty good test drive experience.

        The particular model I had was the 3 door hatchback with a 1.25 petrol engine, now for running around town it was perfectly fine and it coped ok with rural roads where you were driving in the 45 to 55 mph range however once you get out on the motorway the car is seriously under powered and I was quick to notice the lack of acceleration and also the fact that at 70mph it was running at 3,200 revs in fifth and really struggling, I soon realised that this was not a car that I would trust in any overtaking situation.

        The actual driving experience is a comfortable one, I found the adjustable seats were well padded without being too rigid and the lumber support provided adequate comfort for what is occasionally a troublesome back, I also suffer from a troublesome lack of height which is not a problem in the fiesta however he lack of size could be for those of a larger build as I noticed that even in my driving position there was a distinct lack of legroom in the back of the car. Driving on the road the suspension worked well providing a smooth journey and even when the engine was working hard on the motorway the car handled well with no judder on the steering wheel, whilst on country roads the cornering was very smooth and I certainly felt comfortable with the cars road handling abilities. It also handled really well in the rain and coped with the bit of flooding I encountered whilst travelling home through the worst of the July rain.

        Initially I felt the brakes were a little spongy when I first started driving it however this may have had something to do with the fact that there was barely a 1,000 miles on the clock and they had not fully bedded in, after a bit of driving they proved a lot more responsive and certainly came to a prompt stop o one occasion in the rain when a dog ran out in front of me, on that occasion they worked perfectly well.

        In terms of style and charisma the car does not have much of either. Much to the amusement of friends the one I was given was lilac in colour however secure in my sexuality and with threats hanging over their heads that they would be walking home no one made too many comments, what they did comment on was the fact that it is a bit of an ugly car from the front with two large round lights mounted on the front which makes it look a bit bug-eyed. This love affair with large round displays is repeated in the interior with the air vents for the air conditioning consisting of two round hunks of plastic centred on the dashboard which again seem to stare at you and rather dominate the fascia.

        The rest of the interior is just black plastic with only a couple of redeeming features, the first is the clarity of the display which is well framed by the steering wheel, I liked the speedometer which in keeping with the circular theme was clear and framed in silver metal and the digital display showing mileage and petrol use was clear and well illuminated. The CD/radio is Ford branded and is perfectly adequate although the lack of controls on the steering column for it is poor given this feature has been on the focus for a few years now. The other positive is the air conditioning which I have already mentioned and is very powerful and fast responding.

        On the negative with the internal features as well as the lack of design appeal I found the seatbelts to be an uncomfortable reach behind to grab, the variable speed on the lowest window wiper setting is much too high and in a light rain you almost have to resort to a manual switching of it on and off or suffer the sound of rubber across dry glass every other wipe.

        I found the fuel consumption to be reasonable but not as good as the manuals claim, the predicted 36mpg in urban areas, 60 mpg out of town with a combined 46 mpg was not realised, certainly n urban areas it seemed fine but on the longer runs I reckon I was getting nearer 50 -55 mpg and the combined about 40mpg, now I’m used to driving a diesel engine but I still expected better from the fiesta.

        In terms of cost you are probably looking in the £8,500 to £9,500 range depending on features although What Car recommend a target price just below the eight grand mark. As a company car it falls in the 15% bracket and with servicing set at every 12,500 miles or one year and sitting in insurance band 3 it is still a relatively cheap car to run.

        Personally this is not the sort of car I would use as it is far too small with inadequate boot space and under powered, ideal for short journeys around town where parking would be a lot easier. If I was going to venture for a Fiesta I would certainly want at least the 1.4 engine which has a better reputation for economy of performance and has a little more grunt as well.

        Thanks for reading and rating my review.

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          14.12.2004 11:24
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          I bought a 2001/Y Fiesta 1.25 Freestyle approximately 4 months ago in Aug 2004, paying £2,900 for a privately advertised car with 21k miles on the clock. I was looking for a cheap-to-insure small car, and considered a Peugeot 206 and Toyota Yaris as alternatives, but the Yaris was too expensive and the Pug worried me as I'd read too many stories about dodgy electrics and water leaks (although it still looks great).

          I owned a 1999/S 1.25 Fiesta about four years ago and kept it for about a year, so it was interesting to come back to a similar car after owning a Puma 1.7, a Golf GTI 1.8T and and an MX5 in the meantime! The Fiesta drives well, and feels more eager than its 12 second 0-60 time would suggest. The Zetec engine is definitely the best feature of this car - it's smooth, powerful and loves to be worked hard. Put your foot down in third or fourth, and the acceleration is excellent, while other small-engined cars will often struggle. Look closely and you'll see there's no red line on the rev counter - is this deliberate?

          The handling is also great. This model comes with 14 inch alloy wheels and 185-section tyres, which are pretty wide for this class of car. As a result, grip is always good, and the car feels very stable on the motorway for its size. The car is pretty quiet at speed too, with 70mph in top gear equating to roughly 3,250rpm and only a bit of tyre roar spoiling the peace. It's not very economical for a small car (I manage 40mpg on long runs and 25-30mpg when crawling around in London traffic) but it's not too bad, and the smoothness of the engine more than compensates.

          This model is very good value, as you get lots of standard equipment. As well as the alloys already mentioned, this car has central locking, electric windows and a decent 6-speaker CD player, as well as adding a sporty edge with front fog lights, tailgate spoiler and white dials. The only things you could really miss are air conditioning (fitted to later models, I think) and Ford's excellent Quickclear windscreen.

          I haven't spent anything on servicing yet, but I remember my old Fiesta being pretty cheap to service. Insurance is OK at group 6 and parts are cheap too, so overall this car makes sense as a cheap runabout.

          Disadvantages? Space in the rear is not great. My car is a 3-door and access to the back is reasonably easy, but if you need a car for ferrying kids about, get the 5-door which only costs a couple of hundred quid more. I've already mentioned the economy which is OK, but there are other small cars out there which get closer to 50mpg (Corsa, Micra). The car also looks a little dated as it has since been replaced by a completely redesigned Fiesta, and it doesn't match the sporty looks of cars like the Peugeot 206, even when dressed up with spoilers and alloy wheels. Finally, while I'm complaining, the quality can only be described as OK, as the interior plastics feel relatively hard and cheap, and some of the panel fit isn't great. The very latest Fords are better, but this Fiesta model dates back to 1996 and it shows in places. But this is a cheap car and you get what you pay for!

          Overall, this car is definitely worth considering if rear space is not a priority. It doesn't look as cool as the Peugeot 206 or as classy as the VW Polo, but it's got a great engine, lots of standard kit, and it's very cheap to buy. With a new model now coming onto the used market in numbers, prices for the old model can only get more competitive.





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            03.02.2003 04:00
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            I purchased a freestyle when the new registrations came out in 2001. needed to trade in my old tank of a vauxhall carlton which was going to die very shortly. Spent hours looking in the local garages and after many hours deliberating opted for the freestlye, 5 door in red. Since purchasing it I have driven just under 10 000 miles in the nearly 18 months I have owned it and have found it to be one of the best small cars I have driven. As an advanced grade one police driver I like to think I can handle a car, and this one sticks to the road like some of those I drive at work!!. It's suspension is firm and with the extra width on the wheels as standard there's plenty of rubber to keep you on the road. It comes with air con, cd, and a few other little bits and pieces. The air con is a life saver, not many small cars fit it as standard but Ford got it right. It is not bad on acceleration, but I drive a volvo T5 for 10hrs a day and I suppose I am compairing it with that which is very unfair. It certainly outruns my wifes renault clio. The only one down fall with the car is it's brakes. They could be firmer, but if you find it a problem then you are too close!!! The garage have also been excellent, the salesman has phoned on several occassions to see if he could do anything or if there were any problems. I would buy another one, infact my wife wants a new car and she may well end up with one of these unless I can convince her we need a bigger one in which case she can have mine!!.

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              31.05.2002 19:50
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              After reading the opinion regarding the fiesta freestyle 1.25i I felt I had to express my opinion. I found the article when I was looking for information on the internet regarding this type of fiesta. The reason I was looking for information is because I was looking to buy one for myself. As a single-parent and a first-time car buyer I wanted to make sure I picked the right choice. I was extremely impressed with what I read. So after visiting my local ford garage and doing all the important business I bought one. It's got all the works, reasonable mileage, Y reg, insurance is low and it's in my favourite colour - Blue! I would like to express my thanx to the person who wrote that article because I was so intrigued with what you wrote I decided to get one. To be honest I thought you could have been a sales person for the car in disguise - are you? After buying the car I found it a pleasure to drive; it's smooth, comfortable, nifty and generally looovvveeerrrrllly!!! As a single parent I wanted something that is reliable, economical but wanted it to be a car with that little bit extra. I feel I have all of these and I have no regrets in buying the car. My rating out of 10: 11!!! Even the garage I bought it from were great - they were helpful, thorough, gave all sorts of specific details about the car before we left (even where the cigarette lighter is found - NOT THAT I SMOKE BECAUSE I DON'T). To put the icing on the cake as they say, the sales-person even gave me some flowers!!! I was very impressed to say the least. Well I think I have made my point strong enough. If anyone would like to comment or would like to know more information please feel free to comment :)

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                So yeah, I've just got a new car. Well, to be a bit more accurate, my mum and dad have been forced to replace the car that my brother and I have access to. However, mum and dad are both perfectly happy driving their own cars, and Matt is away at university (Kent, Drama, 3rd year), so basically I've got a new car! Woohoo! They were forced into replacing our old VW Jetta after finding out it was going to fail its MOT abysmally. Rather than throw more money into a knackered car, mum and dad sensibly decided to replace it. What we were looking for was a little run-about, a couple of years old, for about 5 grand. However, the old Crispy magic came out to play, and dad ended up parting company with 7 grand for a ten-month-old Y registration Fiesta Freestyle. We managed to discount a whole bunch of small cars from the outset, based on dad's prejudices of certain companies and countries. Further culls to the selection were made based on me sitting in cars at showrooms and playing with the controls. It's amazing how many cars just don't feel right. One of my main criticisms of a lot of the small cars we looked at was that the gearboxes felt incredibly vague and imprecise. Test-driving the Citroen Saxo, I was at times literally feeling my way through the gearbox, and still ended up in the wrong gear on more than one occasion. My other main criticism of several cars was that the interiors were ghastly! The Vauxhall Corsa was a particular sufferer on this count - the entire dashboard was made out of this horrible hard shiny cheap-looking plastic, and there was no flair in the design or sense of style or anything. It spoke volumes to me, but the gist of what it said was 'I am a horrible, cheap, nasty car. Do not buy me!' As soon as I sat in the Fiesta it felt right. We test-drove various models, including a V-reg 1.4 Fiesta Ghia, an X-reg 1.3 Fiesta Flight, and a Y-reg 1.25 Fiesta Freestyle. The one I liked most was the 1.
                25 Freestyle, dad agreed, and that's what we've now got parked outside. So, what's it like? **Performance: the important stuff This is where the Freestyle really scores big with me. It has Ford's new Zetec engine, and the difference this makes is really amazing. Its 1.25i 16V engine easily out-performed the 1.3 I drove with the non-Zetec engine, and was pretty much on par with the 1.4. Acceleration from a standstill is excellent ? the brochure quotes a 0-62 mph figure of 13.1 seconds, which is pretty nippy (and it's only group 6 to insure!). The car also accelerates well at speed, which is extremely handy for motorway driving. It is in fact extremely difficult to keep the car to the speed limit on the motorway - virtually zero pressure is required on the accelerator - and the car seems a lot happier cruising at 80mph or even 90 (which it maintains quite comfortably at around 4000rpm), which is great because I am too... ;-) Not only does the car perform well, but it is also extremely economical. The quoted combined (urban and extra-urban) fuel economy is 40.9 mpg. I haven't calculated any figures myself to back this up, but it sounds about right. It's hard to compare with my previous car as the fuel tank is a lot smaller - whereas before if I filled up (unleaded, obviously) from a quarter-tank it would set me back about £30; now it's about £20. I can get down to Southampton from London (about 60 miles) on just under a quarter of a tank without being especially careful about my economy, so you do the maths! The driving position feels good, and while the steering isn't adjustable, I don't feel it needs to be as it's perfect for me. The power steering is a big bonus, as my previous car didn't have it, and was also extremely heavy - the Fiesta's handling is positive and feels feather-light compared to our old VW Jetta! The suspension feels stiff and sporty, and the
                car holds the road extremely well. As far as safety and security is concerned, it's got a drivers airbag, high security anti-burst locks, central locking, and an engine immobiliser. My one real complaint is about the drivers seat. I can't really say anything about the others, as I've yet to sit in them! It's fine for short journeys, but after an hour or two it starts to get uncomfortable - there isn't quite enough lumbar support, and my back gets a little sore. My dad commented on this pretty much as soon as he sat in it, but he is used to the fantastic seats of his Audi A4 Turbo Sports, so he can pretty much sod off... **Looks and other less important details The Fiesta Freestyle is a pretty good-looking car, for a run-about. I mean, obviously it's no Elise, but it beats all the other small cars except the Peugeot 206 in my book. And the 206 is more expensive, and I didn't like its interior much... Anyway, the Fiesta Freestyle is supposed to be the slightly sporty, fun model of the Fiesta. The interior lives up to this image. It has an extremely stylish dashboard - largely black, with the instrument panel in a contrasting silver plastic. The dials on the dash are white, and glow a luminous green with the lights on. The steering wheel is partially stitched leather, which is a great touch, and gives a real feeling of quality when you're behind it. The upholstery is black, with panels of one of four different colours intended to match the exterior paint-job. My Fiesta is Aquamarine Frost (it's the very pale metallic green that you see a lot of Focuses in) and my upholstery is in Pacific Green. It looks great, although to be honest I'm largely just glad it's not silver! Every man and his dog's got a silver car these days, and I try to be at least a little bit original... Externally, the Fiesta Freestyle looks great. Mine is a Y-reg, as I've said, so it's
                the most recent Fiesta shape - although a new one is due out soon which makes it look even more like the Focus. The Freestyle model has a set of fog-lights below the bumper - they look great and they're incredibly powerful, but I'm not entirely sure of when I'm legally allowed to use them! It also has alloy wheels, a sunroof and a boot spoiler, which greatly add to the sporty look of the car. The other thing the Freestyle boasts as standard is a CD player. I don't know how it compares on the grand scheme of these things, but it sounds a whole lot better than the £250 Blaupunkt we stuck in our old Jetta. Of course, the speakers in that car were probably knackered, but there you go... It also sounds a lot better than the stereo I have in my room, but again that is both old and cheap. Overall, it probably isn't the best in the world, but it sounds good and goes up to a nice high volume without distortion. Of course, if your name is Darren or Gary and you like sharing your drum n bass with the entire high street you'll probably be swapping it for something a little better... Overall, the Fiesta Freestyle is a great car. It's sporty and stylish in both looks and performance, but won't break the bank completely. It's brilliant fun to drive, and if I were to go back I'd definitely pick the same car again. In fact, I'm now thinking of a Fiesta for when I eventually buy a car of my own. Either the Freestyle with the 1.6 engine, or maybe even the Zetec-S hot hatch... Mmm... Thanks for reading!

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                  Hope I'm not disappointing anyone who wants to read about the Flight. I'm talking about the Freestyle, but you see, I couldn't be arsed to suggest a new item, and because the models are so similar, I thought I'd stick my opinion in here!! Anyway, here I am sitting, waiting excitedly for my new car to arrive! My L reg Ford Fiesta is just about knackered and after spending one helluva lot of money on it to get it to pass it’s MOT, I am a bit sick of shelling out. So what did I do? Get it fixed …again? NO! Trade it in for another second hand car? NO! I went out to good old County Garage and ordered a brand spanking new model. Most girls splash out on a new lipstick or a new sparkly top when they’re feeling extravagant, but not with me. You see, I don’t do things by halves. Oh no, I go out and buy a new car worth £10,100!! So, now the deals been done, the cars been ordered (from the other end of the country to me which is kind of annoying, but if it means I get my panther black metallic paint then so be it) and I’m being completely impatient and counting down the days until it arrives, when I finally get rid of my maroon shitmobile. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a bad word to say about Fiestas, they’re great cars, it’s just mine took a bit of a battering a couple of years ago when some inconsiderate sod decided to smash right into it and cause a couple of thousand pounds worth of damage. Since then, more things have gone wrong with it than enough. Let’s just hope my new one won’t cause me so much grief! So the car that I will be driving very soon is a very swish, sporty looking 5-door Fiesta Freestyle 1.8TDdi in metallic black paint with matching bumpers, black interior complete with 14” 5 spoke alloy wheels just to finish off the look! The Freestyle is a similar model to the Fiesta Flight, but has the added features of a tailgate spoiler, front
                  fog lights, tachometer, white instrument dials, cd player, leather covered steering wheel and electrically operated front windows. However, the Freestyle has no sunroof, but hey, for where I live you don’t need a sunroof because there’s hardly ever any sun!! You can also pay extra for other options including air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, heated quickclear windscreen, rear parking distance sensor and a sunroof (in case you live somewhere more sunny than me!) I took the car for a test drive and I’ve got to say, it drives like a dream (compared to the older style fiesta diesel anyway). For anyone used to driving the older diesel model, which can be likened to driving a tank (considering it’s such a small car), driving the Freestyle model is easy, fast and smooth. The turbo is lower pressure than the turbo of other Ford models, such as the Escort, so you don’t really feel the kick and the injection means you’ve got all the extra power from the word go. So whereas the older diesel models were quite sluggish at setting off, the Freestyle gets it’s speed up pretty much straight away and can go from 0-62 in 14.3 seconds. The power steering means the car is a lot easier to handle and makes parking less of a challenge, for those of us not naturally adept at driving into confined spaces in one go (as opposed to 4 or 5 goes!!) The key is fitted with an immobiliser, which is always a good anti-theft device and there is a visible Vehicle Identification Number. This model is also central locking. I would say this is a fairly good car for women to drive. It’s small and snappy and easy to handle. Yet it still looks sporty and fashionable. There’s plenty of room in the back for passengers, especially with the 5-door version, and the boot is also really roomy (for all that shopping!) The bigger engine version of this model makes it ideal for motorway driving and long-distance driving and o
                  n a long run you could get about 70 miles to the gallon. Urban fuel consumption is lower at about 38-40 miles to the gallon, which is more economical than the petrol cars. Good news for the environmentally conscious person too! The Freestyle 1.8TDdi actually gives out less carbon dioxide emissions in g/km (144) than any of the petrol models (171 for 1.6i DOHC 16v and 1.3i HCS Efi, both with catalysts, and 161 for the 1.25i DOHC 16v). So the Fiesta Freestyle is a pretty good car all round. The only snag is now that I’ve spent all that money on a car, I won’t have any left for fuel! The exact model I chose cost £10,100 in total that’s complete with metallic paint (£250), without the metallic paint the “on the road” price is £9,850. However, I was fortunate enough to get £1000 for the old Fiesta in part exchange, so that helped lessen the cost. All I need now is tinted windows and the hip-hop choonz blasting out and I’ll be driving round like a right gangsta’s bi**h!! So if you see me… … get out of the way, FAST!

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