Used 2017 Ford Fiesta ST Consumer Reviews

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The death of the Manual Trans is only a rumor

Jeff Hurckes, 09/07/2017
ST 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
30 of 30 people found this review helpful

This vehicle is downright amazing for a commuter car that can go out onto the track and still have fun. Yes, it still has that cheap car build quality issues, such as road noise, but it has it where it counts. Out-corners and out-brakes most anything on the road, and acceleration is nothing to shake a stick at either.

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Rewards me daily

Randall Whitted, 04/23/2018
ST 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
12 of 13 people found this review helpful

This is a car for people who LOVE to drive. The suspension is tight but not punishing. The optional Recaro seats are AWESOME. Handling is stunning, though I would prefer a little less body roll. There is lots of power on tap, but the main thing is, it's simply a blast to drive. There are lots of cars that will beat it in a drag race, but few could keep up with it on a windy road. The reason it doesn't 0-60 faster is traction - Ford severely limits 1st gear boost, gives about half-boost in 2nd, and then full boost in 3rd and beyond. This is because the car is very light, and with 197 hp and ~230 ft/lb torque at the wheels (Ford severely underrates its power), it would sit and burn the tires without reducing boost. Good thing is, Mountune makes Ford-approved modifications that don't void the warranty. After almost two months with the car, I am still thrilled every time I get to drive my ST. All the YouTube videos are right - it's surprisingly fun to drive. And if you can keep your foot out of it, you can get some great MPGs on the freeway. I got 34 on a relatively flat freeway drive at about 68mph. Best car ever, seriously. All the fun of a small Porsche or BMW without the snobbiness, high cost and bad gas mileage. 19 months in now and love it even more. I bought an AccessPort to load custom engine tunes and the Mountune intake. Randy Robles did a 93 octane tune that came with the AccessPort. It's unbelievable how powerful it is now. Also added a "traction bar" that ties the front A-arms together, completely eliminating wheel hop. The car's one weakness is that it sends all its power through the front right tire. Traction control helps, but it really needs a limited slip differential. I moved to the southwest desert in 2019 and added a Mountune radiator, intercooler and all intercooler pipes. Some owners say their car overheats - mine never did, and now it doesn't budge past 198 degrees. There is no 93 octane fuel here, so I purchased a 91 octane tune from Dizzy and an e30 tune from Dizzy that allows me to mix ethanol with 91 octane. I don't drive the car hard at all but I do like an occasional pull in the passing lane or on a freeway onramp. The car feels very quick with the 91 tune, and too fast for its tires with the e30 tune. It's easy to switch back and forth if you can't find e85. It will go at least 15 miles after reading empty, btw. Winter of '18-'19 I sprayed the underside and wheel wells with Fluid Film. The rust protection is already pretty good but this definitely kept salt away from anything metal underneath. When I washed it all off in the spring, everything looked like new. If you're in a salt state, definitely take time to do this. The ONLY common flaw on this car is the blend door actuator that directs where ventilation goes inside the cabin. At just over a year of ownership mine stopped working, so the heat/AC is stuck on foot well and dash vents. I could have it replaced under warranty and still might, but I'd rather know the dash is going back together correctly than have a dealer leave me with squeaks or rattles. It's not hard to do myself, just need time.

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Great first car for the average AAA girl

Elca Foster, 11/25/2019
ST 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

AAA means All Around American. The look is stylish that you aren't left out of the "clique" crowd even if they drive expensive models. If you don't buy bulk, the cargo room is fine. Good for a loner but you can add in at least 1 person so you don't feel crowded. The mileage is amazing. And feel is fantastic (I used to drive a BMW 325 and Lexus). For an older person on a budget, it won't hurt your pocket and just perfect for a run for prune cobbler or tapioca pudding at the store.

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Neat little car!

ProDigit, 11/21/2020
ST 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
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It's a great car, that hasn't given me any major issues yet, other than one of the rims cracked, when I went over an object. I since replaced the rims with 16" rims, and about 1" fatter tire diameter, so it has 2" more meat on it. It has been a good car, that gets me 31MPG faithfully! Just regular oil changes, top up fluids. I have just over 33k miles on it now, without any major issue. Minor issues: My 2 most irritating minor issues, is one of the valves of the airco vents is tapping (both on the passenger and on the driver side). I know I can swap them out myself for like $15-20, but I see no reason why. The valves always stay in the same position. They just end up tapping when I start the car (for like a minute or so), but the air works fine. The second irritation is only minor. I mainly listen to music on USB. But from time to time, when I start the car, it would start the radio. On my first firmware of Sync 3, it didn't do that. Only with my second and third F/W upgrade does it do this. It's kind of annoying, to have to exit Android car, to swap the source, but it's not that bad. The fw upgrades did give me better compatibility with Amazon Audible, Google maps, and more. I like that I have the manual geared car; as I hear their Fiesta with automatic gearboxes, the gearboxes are horrible! The ST has an awesome gearbox! My 2 biggest complaints about the car, is that it's made too much like a track car (without the power), and too little like a street car. That means the suspension is rough, and not that much coushion. The tires are rough (can hear the road; I would recommend swapping them out to 16" rims and meatier tires) And 6th gear on the highway is geared too low, meaning, I'm running at 3k RPM 75MPH, while the engine easily could do 75MPH at 2,5k RPM! It would have saved me so much on gas too, if they had just not made 6th gear so short to 5th gear! Lastly, I wished they had the 3 cylinder version of the engine available in USA. It's more efficient, has a higher torque figure, and weighs lighter than the 4 cylinder version. Then again, the 4 cylinder version can easily be equipped with a larger turbo (generating a bit of lag) doing 250HP with a mild stage 1 or 2 tune (some people say the engine could potentially do 400HP, but 300HP has been done before. 250 is really all it needs, while still being able to run standard gasoline!

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