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#1 07-12-08 10:42:22

mrbrightside
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New shape Fiesta

Test drove one of these the other day and must say I really liked it. They look pretty good too!!

Only drove it for about 20 mins so only got a few first impressions. It felt very comfortable. The steering is intelligent and was very responsive at slow speeds then "toughens" up when travelling faster. The gear lever didnt have a lot of "play" in it (which I like) so selecting gears was very easy. One thing I wasn't too keen on is the back passenger windows. The small third of the window nearest the rear of the car was pretty non-existant, so might make visibility on the reverse left a little more difficult. Although the rear windscreen does seem to give a good view.

Anyway, it was the titanium model that I test drove, which is too expensive for me. I was interested in the 1.25 zetec version and am getting quotes of around £10,300.00 on the road for a new or nearly new car. I may have to downgrade a little further to a Style or Style +

Does anyone have either the new shape Zetec or Style models. What are they like? Does anyone know the main differences between the 2?

Thanks


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#2 07-12-08 21:59:29

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Havent tried either of those. I presume you test drove the 3 door model which has the small triangular windows like the new 3 door corsa. How about the 5 door fiesta did you look at that at all?


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#3 07-12-08 22:20:30

mrbrightside
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Re: New shape Fiesta

No, it was the 5 door which is why it was a little surprising!


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#4 08-12-08 06:27:30

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Clarkson road tested the Fiesta on Top Gear last night.

It came out quite favourably.  Well as favourably as any car can, given the Top Gears' approach to road testing and reviews.

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#5 08-12-08 07:31:03

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Re: New shape Fiesta

I test drove one a few weeks ago, must confess I was a little underwhelmed.

Just felt no better than the Corsa I was getting rid of.

Happy with my eventual choice of the Jazz.

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#6 08-12-08 09:37:14

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Considering a price of over £10k I'm not sure why anyone would bother with a fiesta when the Jazz is a similar price and is a much better car.

The new one is pretty good looking too, a lot more practical and has much better visibility all round.

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#7 08-12-08 09:57:57

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Why have a fiesta when Focus is virtually same price?
Horrible looking little thing, looks just like a corsa which is very bad! The old fiesta was a nail, this one is a step backwards.


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#8 11-12-08 22:16:35

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Re: New shape Fiesta

has anybody tried the 1.4tdci version? If so what's the surge like?


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#9 12-01-09 15:14:44

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Hi all
Had my new Fiesta delivered from Robinsons last week.  Its a Style+, 1.25 petrol (hate diesel).
All pupils so far love it, had a test pass on friday, her first time in car!  Steering and g/change very good, all controls easy to use.  Vision from front good, rear dreadful - need blindspot mirror for reversing and bay park!!  Robinsons supply a head up display speedo for the instructor which works very well.  Seats are supportive and comfy, loads of storage. Came with a spare wheel, although I think it is optional.
I had two of the old style Fiestas and I think this is far superior, drives more like a Focus.  For those of you who dont use a topbox there is nowhere on the back to stick magnetic Ls.


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#10 21-03-09 22:41:54

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Re: New shape Fiesta

OK I have the 1.4 tdci, hardly any surge, smooth as a smooth thing.

In fact a few pupils who had problems in the last version, especially the left reverse, have no problem with it whatsoever. The electronic power steering was supposed to be worse than the much more technically superior hydraulic rack but it's much easier for pupils to use and does give feedback when cornering at speed (c'mon you've got to have some fun with it.), it does accelerate faster than the old 1.4 tdci but it's also smoother, gearbox is good and positive.

However, the fact that Ford do not supply jack, wheel brace or spare wheel could be an issue. That's why it's the lightest Fiesta, lots missing. Luckily I already had a spare I picked up to replace the spacesaver in the older model, wheel brace too. Now I just need a jack.
Storage - pants! There was alot more in the older version, even the glovebox is smaller and pocket missing from back of drivers seat (used to keep my diary in there!).
Brakes - sh!t, pedal went nearly half way down before any noticeable decceleration, had Ford check it, they reckon it's fine.
Front windscreen pitch - had to buy a different eye mirror and boost the angle of my rear view mirror with some folded card.

However overall it's a !!!!!!!! good car! Pupils are loving it, there's only two of us using them at the mo around here. Picked up a few pupils who want to be seen in it.


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#11 22-03-09 09:05:58

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Why not wait and have a proper car? Rather than a ford! VW polo out in the Autumn  big_smile


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#12 22-03-09 12:34:10

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Re: New shape Fiesta

LOL.... nigel, your sounding like Clarckson here, lol,, yes we know you don't lke them and you would prefer the one from the folks that bombed our chipshops LOL

BUT

i have opne and it IS a very good car, whether you can admit it or not,,,, i trust you HAVE had opne out on demo for a few weeks to get a REAL opinion of it's capabilities


mind you the manager at our local shopping centre was a bit bleep when i took mine into the shops to race around................

hahahah




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#13 22-03-09 14:11:47

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Test drove several there horrible including the new one  yikes yikes  big_smile big_smile

All fords self destruct after 2 years and sound like tractors, and depreciate faster than a falling housebrick. Had my mad Ford purchase, never again couldnt wait to get rid, Mazda 2 is a much better car and Polo moves to different level for similair money.

Wolfgang, My new mk 6 Golf is about to board ship in Northern Germany, every nut and bolt assembled by a German craftsmen  big_smile big_smile


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#14 22-03-09 18:03:52

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#15 22-03-09 18:50:25

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Jeremy Clarkson gave the new Fiesta an excellent write up in the Times, he gave it 5 out of 5.  He joins Car magazine, What Car, Auto Express and Autocar who have also given it excellent write-ups.  And its built in Cologne which last time I looked is in Germany.

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#16 22-03-09 19:25:50

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Re: New shape Fiesta

nice one Alan smile

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#17 22-03-09 20:05:31

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Re: New shape Fiesta

He didnt give it a very good write up above  yikes


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#18 23-03-09 17:15:06

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Re: New shape Fiesta

The problem with journalists write ups is that they drive the car for 15 minutes.

It's what it is like over 2-3 years that matters.

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#19 23-03-09 19:42:23

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Car of the year 'Vauxuall Corsa' says it all  yikes


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#20 23-03-09 21:52:47

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Car of the year 'Vauxuall Corsa' says it all  yikes

that'll be BSM then

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#21 03-04-09 19:22:09

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Ok, heres a question.

on the new fiesta, when you perform an emergency stop do the hazards flash? If so arethe examiners ok with that? smile


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#22 03-04-09 23:36:44

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Re: New shape Fiesta

not happened on mine yet.

Controlled stops perhaps arn't violent enough to trigger them. I'll jam on the anchors tomorrow to see.

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#23 04-04-09 21:39:34

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Re: New shape Fiesta

same as kev ,, i've not had mine go off yet

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#24 05-04-09 14:04:55

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Re: New shape Fiesta

Is the new fiesta better for vertically challenged pupils than the old one  :? ie...seat postion

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#25 05-04-09 14:34:03

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Re: New shape Fiesta

i have never found it an issue Ali, the driver seat does go quite well up in adjustment,, i'm sure you'll be able to reach the pedals smile


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