Last post on Mar 06, 2012 at 11:43 AM
You are in the Ford Fiesta
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Ford Fiesta, Hatchback, Sedan
#607 of 636 Re: Fiesta's are here [dubc73]
May 24, 2011 (10:13 am)
What really makes me cringe is to compare a new Fiesta, which is small, flimsy (feels economy to the touch), and full of plastic to something like a used TSX.
Economy cars are supposed to be, well, economical. Pushing nearly $20K for a car that's not even half what even a $27-30K Camry is (let alone something much nicer), is almost criminal.
#608 of 636 3 months, still very happy!
May 24, 2011 (12:48 pm)
Three months, 4100 miles, about 32 mpg crawling around San Francisco's hills. Just this morning, i was amazed to find I could fit my big mountain bike inside.
Quiet - way quieter than the competition
Super easy to park.
I can get 50mpg+ cruising along a flat highway at 60mph. Sadly, most of my driving is in congested hilly terrain.
It's a snazzy looking car.
I love the stereo. I picked up a usb drive for $45 and it holds 32gigs of music. Most of what's on there is my daughter's terrible crap, but still, my good stuff all fits, too. Because the car is very quiet for a compact, music with dynamics (jazz and classical) can actually be enjoyed. In my wife's Civic, it's gotta be rock or pop, because soft passages are lost to road noise.
Sync is amusingly hit-and-miss at speech recognition, and it's weak that you have to exactly match the name when calling for an artist or song name. Calling out for "Tommy Dorsey" doesn't help if the artist is listed at Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.
The auto transmission has rough transitions sometimes.
Back seat: I gaze with envy upon Honda Fit owner's back seats.... Why can't Ford's fold flat?
Sun Visor: The sun visor is too short. It should have a slide-out so it reaches back to the B pillar when moved to the side.
I don't much like the upholstery. I wish they had the leather seats available with the SFE package.
The miles-to-empty gauge goes from 20 to 0 miles in about 5 miles. It's very consistent in it's error, so I can plan by it, but it's annoying all the same.
May 24, 2011 (11:25 pm)
My Fiesta is great. It's quieter than most cars that cost $30k or even $40k. Outhandles any other small car in its class (almost handles as well as a Mini). Has more luxury features than any other car in its class and I'm averaging 41 mpg on every tank.
Is your new Ford Fiesta manual transmission or automatic?
#610 of 636 Re: jamz... [iluvmysephia1]
May 25, 2011 (4:52 am)
It's the auto. The dual clutch Powershift is geared for mpg more so than the the manual. On the Fiesta forum where I contribute, we have 3 people who have gotten 50 mpg or more on a tank. One hypermiler has cleared 50 mpg on 6 tanks in a row.
I'm closing in on 43 mpg on my current tank. I live in a very hilly area so I don't think I'll ever see 50 mpg myself.
With my last car, a Mazda Protege5, I was excited whenever I could get 30 mpg. Ha! And conseidering I paid almost exactly $4000 less for the Fiesta, I'm really liking this car.
#612 of 636 Re: 200hp 40mpg ST [creakid1]
May 26, 2011 (1:39 am)
Note - that's U.K. MPG.
Oct 13, 2011 (2:27 pm)
Does anyone know the top speed of a Fiesta? On a closed, private track where it was legal to do so, I got mine to 100mph and it was smooth and happy at that speed, but my brother was with me and he would have decked me if I'd gone any faster.
#614 of 636 Re: Top Speed? [dpriven]
Oct 13, 2011 (4:37 pm)
I'd say 100mph.
Did you have helmets?
The suspension seemed to have a lot of travel...I wouldn't want to do more than 100mph and have to swerve for any reason.
Youtube is full of cars getting out of control after a little bump...sport cars too.
I remember a dozen years ago taking an Opel (don't remember which) 1.6l to 120ish on the Autobahn...but it was straight and flat...I'm assuming this private track isn't a long runway.
#616 of 636 Re: Top Speed? [dpriven]
Nov 30, 2011 (11:43 am)
I rented a Fiesta this past summer while I was in Germany. I drove from Erlangen (near Nuremburg) to the Munich airport in the early morning to catch my flight back to the US. I was able to get the Fiesta to 200kph on a downhill slope (probably with some wind) which is about 125mph. Most of the drive I was comfortably doing 180kph which is just over 110mph.