I have owned this car for almost a year when I part exchanged my Rover 25.
I bought the Ghia because I wanted some of the toys on there for example, Remote central locking with alarm, Quickclear Heated front Screen, Electric Heated Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player and Air Conditioning to mention a few.
The car is very roomy, I'm 6'3 and my friend who is 5'7 can fit behind me with bags of space still, you can easily sit 4 people in the car with comfort. On the motorway there is a bit of wind noise and the bigger the aloys you have (Mine are 15" 5 spoke) the more road noise you tend to notice. I haven't suffered really any problems with this car, it does clunk over bumps quite a bit which can be a pain but it is very comfortable on the motorway and the 5 speed manual gearbox is crisp and feels nice when changing gear and the 1.4 engine isn't out of its depths on the motorway either.
Personally I would recommend the 1.25 engine over the 1.4 as it only has 4bhp less. The only big niggle I have about this car is fuel consumption, I find myself getting around 32mpg around town and thats changing gear at 2-2500 revs as recommended.
The car is very good and would recommend it to others, it falls into a relatively low insurance group, parts are easily available being a ford and it has quite a fun ride, if you can afford it, try get a 2006 on wards model when it was face lifted and has a nicer interior.
I've now owned an 05 plate for nearly a yr, and must say its a brilliant car for its class..quicker than my 1.6 escort ever was.. I've had no problems whatso ever, its due a service soon, but feels like it doesnt need one, and the oil is still clear after 6000 miles!
A good honest Ford engine with cheap parts if their ever needed, its a little noisy, but i like to hear a little grunt on acceleration, and its fine on open road getting easily 40 plus mpg even in town.
I have low profile tyres and i dont think they are going to last long even though I'm a careful driver, it maybe due to the car sticking to corners like glue on its hard suspention, like your on rails handling is second to non, loads of space for everything, like a tardis when the seats are down.
The cabin is a little cheap looking but seeing my dad's Micra looks worse, and its solid built too, with a brilliant sound from cd and radio, nice easy controls all round.
Solid, honest, cheap to run, dependable, just pity it didn't have a bit more refinement found in a Focus.
I have just purchased a new Ford Festa 1.4 TDCI Zetec Blue and trading in my Peugeot 306 1.6 petrol. It was the cheapest supermini which had all the toys inside. The Sony bluetooth stereo is brilliant as im in my car an awful lot. The ride can be very firm when going over bumps in the road where my peugeot just cruised over them. The handling is spot on with loads of grip its great fun even though you only have 67 bhp to play with. The fuel economy is great, around town i will achieve 50mpg and if im on a long journey i will achieve nearly 70mpg which compared with my peugeot is great. The road tax is a bonus too. £35 A YEAR. you cant say no to that. The only slight complaint is the diesel rumble from under the bonnet, is very loud first thing in the morning but hey i can live with that with the cash im saving!!!! Get your self down to you local ford garage and order one. i got mine with a £1800 deposit for a £150 and a bulk payment of £3600 at the end of the three years. ENJOY!
There are cars that do things better than the Zetec-S. Some will be more economical, some have better roadholding, some be more economical. But when it comes to getting the best of all worlds, the Zetec S has to come out top. It's a joy to drive - a real drivers car, and puts a smile on your face, so responsive. Other cars just feel stodgy after driving this. You can be a hooligan, and still get 55mpg. Build quality is Ok, servicing and parts are cheap. The cabin is better since the upgrade, but still isn't great, but do you buy a car to sit in and admire, or drive? It's no worse than an Ibiza. The engine is a gem - it growls away in an unobtrusive way, letting you know it's getting on with the job. Turbo lag is near non-existent, with a very progressive power delivery. And the seats are spot on. Complaints? the 110HP 1.6 engine would be nice, as would a 6th gear. Otherwise, this car is just fantastic.
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