Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Fiesta ST hatchback?
The ST will have been used vigorously by some owners, so as well as taking care to do proper visual checks on the car when you’re buying it, it’s vital to check for obvious signs of misuse.
Look at any smoke coming from the exhaust, for one – this shouldn’t be too dark – and check the oil on the engine dipstick and the quality of the coolant. Check for leaks underneath the car, if possible, and also for worn tyres that might need expensive replacement.
It's always advisable to insist on a full service history, preferably with a Ford main dealer.
What are the most common problems with a used Ford Fiesta ST hatchback?
Cylinder head might crack
There has been a recall issued for some of the earlier 1.6-litre engines fitted to Fiesta STs built before 20 December 2014. The problem is that the cylinder head might crack if the engine overheats and could in extreme circumstances catch fire. If your car is affected, it will need to be inspected at a Ford dealership to check the condition of the engine and cooling system, followed by the addition of a coolant level sensor and some software to provide the driver with an audible and visual warning if the temperature gets too high. If you'd like further information about this issue, read our news story here.
Is a used Ford Fiesta ST hatchback reliable?
Reported problems are few, and owners on the whole only have good things to say. The ST didn’t feature in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey as a model in its own right, but the regular Fiesta did. It finished in a respectable 10th place in the small car class. Ford came 18th out of 31 manufacturers in the same survey.
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