Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Fiesta hatchback?
Anti-lock brakes were a cost option, so check whether they were specified when new. Likewise, side airbags were optional in most models.
As with any car of this age it’s essential that it comes with a comprehensive history. There are plenty of Fiestas out there, so there’s no reason to buy a car that’s got no paperwork.
If the speedometer is erratic it will need attention. It’s worth checking the connections behind haven’t become loose first, but if not it’ll need sending off for a repair.
The pipes under the engine’s inlet manifold are known to perish. If there’s any hissing or rough running it’s likely to be these. The ignition coil pack fails, too, causing the engine to idle poorly.
Wheel hubs wear with bigger mileages, but again they’re not bank-breaking to buy or have fitted.
Is a used Ford Fiesta hatchback reliable?
This generation of Ford Fiesta has a reputation for reliability, so you can buy with confidence that nothing expensive will go wrong.