I bought this car from new in 1999 and loved it. It was the best small car around at that time, and has aged well - good alloy wheels made the difference! I am currently looking at selling it, but will definitely be sad to see it go.
This car was a joy to drive let me tell you.
Its steering is very responsive and the handling is excellent. Running cost aren't too bad either.
It's fun to drive but the suspension is noisy on potholes and ridges.
It's comfortable in the front. The rear is cramped but okay for journeys less than an hour.
The boot can take a surprising amount of stuff if well packed. I get 34mpg in town, 44mpg on motorways and 40mpg overall (I log all miles/petrol).
It's quiet after I installed more soundproofing but the clutch release bearing is annoyingly noisy at idle.
It burns no oil and is reliable. Ford dealers understand it.
The paintwork chips easily and the underseal quality is patchy. The air-con is good. The heated mirrors and front screen are excellent. The leather lasts well on seats. The size of the ring of the steering wheel is too wide for my taste.
Overall, it's okay but an outdated design. The rear styling is better than the front. There have been no running problems at all.
Being a very, very, very common car the Mk 5 Fiesta doesn't get the credit it deserves.
I have owned my 1.25 freestyle for four years from new. It is always a delight to drive and continues to impress me through corners and equally on the striaghts (quite a compliment for the small 75bhp engine).
The set up is perfect! I recently drove the new ST150 and, shortly after the S TDCI and although impressed by the accelaration, I was a little disappointed by the lack of driver involvement- something which the Fiesta keeps giving.
To sum it up - anyone looking for a cheap, reliable, easlly accessable, fun to drive, good looking (in black) small car should look no further.
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