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Rockville, Minnesota
Nice feel but mechanical issues
Overall, this is a wonderful car for its compact size. It combines a nice look, excellent fuel economy, comfortable interior, and lots of electronic features. But while it excels in those, it unfortunately falls short in its mechanical performance. Fuel Economy This is probably the best thing about it, at times averaging 38-42 miles per gallon. You'd be hard-pressed to find that much in anything other than an electric or hybrid. There is a fuel economy meter which is important many times to visually see how your driving or vehicle health are impacting your gas mileage. Engine It's a small engine (1.6L) so obviously don't expect it to go terribly fast. However, because of its smaller size it can be quite a zippy little thing. Handling Great handling and braking. Always felt safe driving it when it was in good mechanical order. Interior The inside is comfortable and cozy, due to its smaller, more intimate feel. However, if you need more room for storage it's not ideal. The back seats do fold down to allow more trunk room into the vehicle. Electronics The stereo was great with built-in CD, MP3, audio input jack, satellite radio capability, smart phone pairing and Ford SYNC features. There are a LOT of buttons to get used to and there's a bit of a learning curve. There are a lot of nice features for controlling aspects of the vehicle from the menu. Mechanical The downside to this vehicle is its poor durability and design flaws. This model is notorious for the bad electronically shifted transaxle design that Ford implemented. We were not alone in experiencing poor shifting and loud clacking noises, and have needed it serviced under warranty three times for transaxle failures. A rear wheel hub also failed and was replaced, a front outer tie rod end failed and needed to be replaced, the carrier bearing for the axle failed and needed to be replaced. These all occurred before there were even 50,000 miles on this car. Granted, Minnesota is full of rough roads and potholes from harsh winters, but that should factor into your decision about whether this vehicle is capable of handling the environment it needs to drive in. Rough roads... I'd suggest looking at something else.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Very satisfied.
The Fiesta is a cute little car with a lot of interior features that were unexpected in a compact in its price range. The standard package came with a lot of useful features - Bluetooth, good gas mileage, etc. - but the upgraded SEL package adds a lot of little features that are very impressive, without breaking the bank on an affordable vehicle (under $19,000 full loaded). Included were leather heated seats, changing interior lights, an upgraded stereo system, push button start and locks, and even an upgraded stereo sound system, all controlled by voice through Microsoft Sync. It also includes features to further increase gas mileage, which has held steady around 40 mpg highway, even as my vehicle approaches 100 thousand miles. Those features include increased wheel size (decreases the speed at which wheels need to rotate), capless fueling (to prevent any gasoline from evaporating while fueling the car), and a low-speed idling gear. The hatchback model of the car makes up somewhat for the tiny back seat, allowing me to put the seats down to fit more cargo in the back, useful for fitting skis through the center of the car; the traction controlled front-wheel drive may not be the most effective for getting up to the ski hill on the worst days, but it works fine for a road that has had a day or two to clear of snow. My personal favorite is the USB drive that can be used to plug in a phone, so either music or apps like Pandora can be controlled by voice through the car's sound system. The one feature that can be a little obnoxious is the centralized locks. One button above the console controls the locks for the entire car, so unlocking all of the doors requires getting into the car and pressing the button twice (once to lock all doors, again to unlock all doors). If one doesn't plan on having others in the car, this feature isn't very inconvenient, but when inviting guests along, it takes a lot of hand signaling and explaining to get people to wait for that second click before opening their doors.


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