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Ford Fiesta, Hatchback, Sedan
#369 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [iamz]
Apr 27, 2010 (7:46 am)
I`ve read almost as many reviews too all posted after the Media black-out was lifted yesterday on Apr. 26, the supposed Job1 date for full production of the 2011 Ford Fiesta at its Mexico City assembly plant. For the most part, I agree. Almost everyone was pleased with both fit,finish, handling, braking, steering, comfort, etc. A few complaints about limited back seat room but its a B-Segment sub-compact vehicle. My 2006 Kia Rio5 SX has adequate rear room for 2 adults as long as I don`t extend the front seats to the absolute end of the track. I know those that wait a year or 2 will get a vastly improved US version of the Fiesta with Eco-Boost engine performance improvements as well as other items that always get "tweeked" on first year cars. I ordered mine now cause I chose not to wait, and when they finally start running the line for the 5 door SE hatchback with the Power Moon Roof that I insisted on waiting for, I`ll be looking to get my hands on it sometime in July or August! Yikes...I just realized, its going to have" tiny" 15`` wheels and tires with the optional painted alloy rims that were included in the Sport Appearance Package.....horrors! I hope it won`t look like a Flintstone Car or a Matchbook Toy!
#370 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [phill1]
Apr 27, 2010 (8:35 am)
There are a lot of pictures out there that show the 15" aluminum wheels on the car and I saw a blue SE sedan with the 15" aluminum wheels at the Mpls. Auto Show and really, they looked fine on the car. Proportionally everything seemed normal.
#371 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [iamz]
Apr 27, 2010 (11:21 am)
I was just kidding. I saw the same Blue SE 4 door sedan (with) Power Moon Roof at the FT Lauderdale International Auto Show a few months ago. The Ford Factory Rep. said it was a pre-production vehicle N.A. version that was being taken to public viewings at lots of Auto Shows. Funny, several weeks later when they had the Huge Barrett-Jackson Auction & Auto Exhibit in West Palm Beach,FL they only had several of the European version Fiesta Hatchbacks for display and test drives. You would have thought that being close to production they would have brought a few N.A. version Fiesta`s there for viewing and driving. Go figure?
#372 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [phill1]
Apr 27, 2010 (11:39 am)
I think a lot of those pre production versions were Euro cars with NA spec bumpers, interiors, lights and gas caps. At least according to one of the Fiesta Agents they were.
I believe the production line started running on Monday (26th). Prior to that a few cars were being built on the same line to work the kinks out of the system.
#373 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [iamz]
Apr 28, 2010 (5:19 am)
Since my Fiesta will be a (late availability) build unit due to the Power Moon Roof I ordered, I hope that several months of cars coming down the assembly line will have removed some of the early kinks/glitches etc that almost all newly released vehicles have that need tweaking. Remember the launch of the Ford Escape? What a horror story! For the first month or so, there was so many Factory Service Recall Bulletins and Stop Sale Orders to dealerships it was embarrassing! I have never recalled such a botched up launch of any recent Ford product release. They even had a later JOB2 change that completely changed the steering column transmission shift lever handle. Hopefully the 2 previous years building the European version of the Fiesta will minimize the problems with the N.A. unit.
#374 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [phill1]
Apr 28, 2010 (5:54 am)
Are you sure that was the Escape? Or are you thinking about the 2000 Focus?
Ford does 2 things now that prevent those types of early problems.
One - they inspect every vehicle off the line and hold production until the factory produces defect free vehicles for 5 consecutive days. Problem on day 4.5 - clock starts over at 0.
Two - they hold all of the early production vehicles until they have been inspected and repaired if necessary.
This can delay vehicle introduction but ensures a much higher quality level.
#375 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [akirby]
Apr 28, 2010 (6:28 am)
I can confirm what you're saying. My Fiesta reservation consultant said the line needs to produce one week of "clean" vehicles before they can build customer ordered cars.
#376 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [akirby]
Apr 28, 2010 (9:19 am)
It was the Escape! Far more problems at first release then the 2000 Focus. They had a nation-wide factory imposed DO NOT SELL Order the first 2 weeks they vehicles first hit the dealers lot! Gas line leaks problems, brakes issues, and a multitude of other major safety factors. The first few months of the Escapes introduction was a nightmare. Ask any Ford dealership salesperson or service department if they were working at a Ford Dealership then and they will concur. I`m sure they has the same DO NOT SELL or RELEASE on its sister vehicle the Mazda Tribute that was being built along side the Escape at the same Kansas City MO assembly plant.
#377 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [phill1]
Apr 28, 2010 (11:05 am)
When did this happen?
#378 of 650 Re: Just finished reading about a dozen reviews.... [akirby]
Apr 29, 2010 (4:00 am)
The first year introduction of the new 2001 Ford Escape occurred in late summer or early fall of 2000.