The first 10000 miles were fine ...it gets good gas mileage on the road, however it was
downhill from there...Brakes grinded and front end bumped while turning the steering wheel ...every month it had increasingly poor accelleration and worst of all this car was unsafe. Often the manual transmission would not go into reverse and then it quickly got to where it would not shift from second gear to third while getting on freeways. I almost got rear-ended several times.
Rather than have this junk pile worked on I traded it off after one year while it was still under warranty. Buy a Toyota
Ordered new from the factory in 2010, the vehicle now has 51004 miles on it as of this morning, with 27k being HARD miles driven while using it for a courier job that I had. My wife and I have made a 2500 mile round-trip journey with this vehicle, driving 23+ hours each way non-stop, and I can speak for the comfort of the front seats.
After all of the things this vehicle has been through we have had only one mechanical issue, a leaky front right boot, and nothing else. Regular maintenance has done the trick.
We have the 6-speed auto. Would recommend this vehicle! Great gas mileage (36+ mixed daily driving), reliable, fun to drive. My wife and I have driven this vehicle off-road :P
Small blind-spot mirrors mounted on each side-view mirrow make for great visibility.
HUGE trunk for the size of the car (Sedan)!
Interior space is good. We are smaller folks but have friends over 6' who have fit comfortably in the back seat.
High-enough off of the ground to be able to do light off-roading with no issues!
Gas Mileage is a dream!
Sync could use a little work. Our subscription ran out with very little use due to slow response times and somewhat weak voice recognition.
Auxillary jack has had issues recognizing devices from day one. It works, but can be spotty at times.
Slightly larger gas tank. Even with great mileage the smaller size of the tank necessitates more frequent fill-ups than I would like. Still, it's not a gas guzzler at all!
10,000 miles and I can't put it into reverse or drive and had it towed to nearest Ford Dealership and it runs fine so they tell me they can't "verify the problem"like I made it up! So I do an internet search and find that people all over the country had the same problem.
I sent the links the reports of Ford replacing transmissions to the head o the service dept.
Only after doing that would the dealership even look at my car.
And they found a check engine light and ran a report.
They redid some computer issues but still aren't sure if they fixed the "unverified" report...is keeping the reports "unverified" Ford's way of under reporting how many owners have the same intermittent issues?
Real working transmissions and consider reports of intermittent issues valid and worth checking.
The fiesta's first section of the owner's manual clearly states to SET YOUR ENGINE BY DRIVING AT NORMAL SPEEDS. Since this is a unique type of engine, the first 5000 miles are extremely important in the performance of the car from then on out. This simply means don't accelerate at extremely high speeds, don't drive extremely slow. It's that easy. The engine is a manual-automatic and needs to be set. All of the morons on here complaining about jerky transmission and slow acceleration obviously DIDN'T READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL. It's a great car if you treat it right. At least 38 MPG and it has been very reliable so far. AWESOME.
The manual-automatic dual-clutch engine, SYNC, voice recognition, MPG, upgraded paint/seats, lights in the back seat, keyless entry.
I own a 2011 Ford Fiesta SE.
I've had more mechanical problems with it then any other car I've owned.
Bought it new, and has been making a grinding noise since I bought it.
Replaced the clutch and is now in the shop again for the 3rd time, they cannot figure out what the grinding noise is?
I don't understand how Ford can get away with this?
They are not standing by their product.
I've also read, that they were replacing transmissions quietly due to this terrible grinding noise it makes?
Love the way it handles, the good gas mileage it gets, it is comfortable...fiesty little car on the highway...
Improve the grinding noise the engine makes when going from 55MPH to between 30 - 40 MPH...Needs a console, and also a rear window wiper, along with a trunk opener in the dash.
Otherwise, if they corrected the grinding noise it makes, I'd say this car is perfect, but it has got some major mechanical problems that Ford is not standing by.