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Reader's test: Ford Fiesta

2011-03-22 09:40

Ofentse Ramorula

MAGIC 100 000: Ofentse's Fiesta has already clocked more than 100 000km in a relationship that's been mostly hassle-free.

The deal to get myself one of these sexy lil’ things was sealed the moment I laid my eyes on the Verve Concept unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt auto show. More than two years later, after acquiring my Fiesta, I have already clocked a magic 100 000km.

The car’s sleek lines, bold shoulder lines and gaping front grille couldn’t stop turning heads when I first took it for a test drive on the M1 highway in Joburg soon after it was delivered. I was one of the first in the country to receive this hot property and I attracted lot of attention (or was it my new baby) which was so lovely.

My 1.6 Titanium five-door has an 88kW engine mated to a slick and smooth five-speed gearbox. I feel that first gear is sluggish but once in second and up it easily cruises to the 100km/h mark and you could soon find yourself doing 160 without even noticing - that’s how smooth its power delivery is. The steering is extremely light and precise - something that took getting used to.


I like the voice control feature very much as I only do the talking to dial a number on my phone or to change stations or play any track number on the CD. The USB is helpful as well as I don’t have to carry tons of CDs with me; I just plug in my flash and its all systems go. My iPhone 4 also connects easily without any hassle.

Not everything on our 100 000km journey has been rosy and cozy though. At about 9000km, I started to get rattles on the passenger door and on the dashboard, something that Vanderbijlpark Auto sorted out quickly. But at about 20 000km the USB port packed up and it took almost 10 months to replace the faulty part. Not Ayoba from FMCSA.

One headlight went at 20 000km and the other followed at 40 000km. The supplied ContiContact tyres where all savaged by the potholes before I had even reached 20 000km. Since I changed to Toyo tyres, I have not had any problems with potholes except now it’s the 16” alloy wheels that are constantly being bent.

At 80 000km, the shocks were very tired and the ride quality declined, but this was expected. They set me back R4000 for two new pairs and R4000 for installation at Leon’s Motors in Rustenburg.


Besides these minor issues everything else has been going right and the fuel consumption has not been bad having attained between 7.8 and 8.5 litres/100kml. I manage to maneouvre around tight spots easily because of the good handling and this little car is a very good drive in its class.

The car seems reliable and the build quality is great and the service at Vanderbijlpark Auto has been great so I don’t foresee any trouble reaching the 200 000km mark. I have so much faith in Ford now that I am already planning to upgrade to the upcoming Focus ST in 2012.

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