2014 Ford Fiesta Titanuim Hatchback in Blue Candy!
written on 07-14-2013
Titanium 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I love this car! UNTIL THE CLUTCH PROBLEMS BEGAN. UPDATES IN ALL CAPS....NOT YELLING. ;-) I got the Blue Candy, Black leather interior and upgaded Sony Stereo. It's zippy and rises to any traffic occasion. UNTIL THE CLUTCH PROBLEMS BEGAN AT AROUND 9000 mi. 40 HW MPG is as advertized. The interior is roomy for a sub-compact. I got the optional rubber floor mats, and they're very high quality. Opted for the tinted windows at Auto Definitions in Claremore, OK and it just looks meaner than before. Responsive steering, braking, and acceleration make this a fun car to drive. We've turned heads and brought men out of a barbershop to check it out! Love the car. UNTIL THE CLUTCH PROBLEMS BEGAN. GETTING THE DEALERSHIP TO LISTEN TOOK MULTIPLE TRIPS AND INSISTING THE MANAGER COME WITH ME TO SHOW HIM THE SHUDDER. Once I finally got them to admit it had a problem, getting parts took months EACH OF THE 3 TIMES THE CLUTCH had to be replaced . My son accidentally totalled it. THANK GOD. I WON'T BUY FROM FORD AGAIN.
I have an automatic 2014 Fiesta S. There is an issue with the lock/unlock button being in the center of the console. I don't have an automatic lock and unlock key so this can be very hard to unlock the car, then get in and push the button in the center of the console to unlock the rest of the doors. I also don't have cruise control. This should be an option that is automatic to the new cars. Other than that I love the car.
Moral of the story - It only takes a bit of force in the front end of this car to total it, but it is a fantastic car before that! Just look at the crash test scores for the 2015 compared to the 2014 (didn't require the more in depth tests) on cars.com: "Front, Restraints and dummy kinematics - Poor," "Front, Structure and safety cage - Marginal," "Front, Overall evaluation - Marginal." If that doesn't scare you, then best of luck to you and may you never get in an accident because once you do your car is as good as totaled! Ford should focus on durability because the rest of what they did with this car was great. What I loved about my fiesta: Great handling, Smooth acceleration, Little road noise, Fantastic suspension, Nice entertainment system, Good vehicle feedback (tire sensors etc.), Amazing fuel economy (33-37 year round), and I am very sad to see the car go over such a minor incident! If you love yours be super careful with it!
UPDATE... Owned the car for 10 months now. Husband uses it as daily driver. He's over 6' tall and has no issues with comfort. Lots of leg room up front. Car now has 34K on it and we may need tires for upcoming inspection in November, but so far, so good! We bought ours used at a Mercedes dealer, lol, with 25k on it. Looks and drives brand new. The Titanium model comes with absolutely everything you can imagine including heated seats (LOVE this in PA), and backup camera. The navigation system is spot on and Ford Sync finally got their act together. Recognizes commands like a charm. Opt for the 5 speed manual, and you'll have no worries about Ford's crazy "automatic/manual" shift transmission problems. We get higher than the advertised mileage and love all the little extras, generally reserved for a luxury car. My HUSBAND loves the crazy lime green as much as I do!
The front has a fully independent suspension, but rear has only a cheap beam in the back. And the rear bottoms out on bumps. Engine has Zero torque from A standstill when flooring the accelerator. The gas economy is not 29/39. My trip computer at 15,841 miles, says only 17mpg city and 26 on the highway - I challenge Ford to come and look. The only way this car could have ever gotten the epa estimated 29/39 is, in my opinion, with an anorexic, midget, driver and the only thing in the rest of the car including the trunk was a toothpick. lol. The transmission was rebuilt after only 12,000 miles. The grinding noise continues which is the result of duel clutches. And then rebuilt again at 30,000 miles. The trunk had water leaks causing damage to the trunk and stinking up the interior of the car and causing mold and mildew damage. It took months to correct it because the dealer could not find the problem, but eventually they did. The car was assemble in Mexico, not Michigan like most other fords. The Mexican people are great, wonderful, people, but in my experience, the assembly plant in Michigan does a much better job. They assembled it's cousin, the Ford Focus, which shares many of the same parts, as for example, the same defective 6 speed, duel clutch, transmission. Yet although the Focus still has problems, it's no where near what this lemon has. update: at 36,000 miles, the gas economy is still poor for a subcompact this size and Ford does not know why. My theory is because they over estimated the fuel economy. Even the Ford Focus, (I know because, my family member has one), the fuel economy was way overestimated and she does not get anywhere near the mileage told. But, even that said, it is a larger compact and she gets better mileage than our subcompact fiesta, and she has a larger engine. Visibility is poor. The back seat has almost no leg room for it's passengers - it has, but very cramped. For a car built like this, you would think, high fuel economy - guess again. The outside convex mirrors designed to help you see cars in the blind spot works somewhat, but then causes a misperception of how close the curb is when you try to park the car. Continued problems with engine warning light. But nothing is wrong. The car is warning us we are on an ice slope in the summer with 90 degree weather. Sometimes does not start properly. It's really scary. Would never buy one of these again and shame on Ford for not recalling the whole batch and just remodeling the whole line, especially throwing out this horrific defective transmission and replacing it with a real one that works. Double shame on them for not AT LEAST RECALLING and replacing this defective transmission with one like in the Ford Fusion which runs perfectly. Given a choice of buying these three cars in the future, (if i would even consider a Ford again), I would easily chose a base Fusion over these other two cars. It's slightly bigger, but more reliable. And yes, the gas economy is going to be a little less, but less headaches, better trip, and less repairs. If you really want to buy this the Fiesta or the Focus, I strongly recommend that you take out a 7 year extended warranty to prevent yourself from going broke on the repairs after the basic warranty expires. If you have to buy a Fiesta, look at the hatchback. For some reason it looks sturdier than the other models.