Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Fiesta hatchback?
Top-spec versions of the Fiesta have larger alloy wheels that can be susceptible to kerb damage, so check the wheels carefully. Also, look for any dents, dings and scratches to the bodywork because paint and body repairs can be expensive. Make sure the clutch engages smoothly and that the car goes into gear easily.
What are the most common problems with a used Ford Fiesta hatchback?
The 1.5-litre diesel engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). To ensure that this can regenerate (burn off trapped soot), frequent motorway journeys are necessary because this process is only triggered when the exhaust is hot enough. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure because lots of urban journeys will clog up the filter, potentially leading to an expensive repair bill.
Other potential problems with the DPF come if it has been shut off part way through regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, so it’s worth checking the oil level or have the car inspected if you're unsure.
Is a used Ford Fiesta hatchback reliable?
The Fiesta finished in 10th place in the small and city car class of our most recent reliability survey, a good result. Ford as a brand finished in 18th place out of 32 other car brands.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for small cars, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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