Used Ford Fiesta (Mk7, 2008-2017) - What should you look for?
Overall the Fiesta is a robust and reliable car, but there are one or two issues to keep and eye out for
Over the best part of decade Ford refined the Fiesta into a durable and dependable choice. And while there are some weaknesses to be aware of, parts are affordable and most garages can easily undertake repairs.
Common Ford Fiesta problems
Gear selection can be tricky, especially reverse and first. It’s often easier to select whatever gear you can get, before moving to the one you want.
Door seals can come away from the frame, leading to wind noise at speed and water leaks into the cabin. A dab of glue should adequately fix things.
Alloy wheels can buckle – particularly the 16 and 17-inch rims. Once a wheel has buckled, though, it’ll be obvious because you’ll get a vibration as soon as you start moving.
Steering racks don’t seem to last very long, while track rod ends aren’t always very durable, either. Repairs tend not to be too costly, though.
The cabin is neatly designed, easy to use and generally has a quality feel. There’s plenty of cubby space, plus head and legroom are good, but not brilliant. The 290-litre boot is also fine without being exceptional; it expands to 974 litres with the seats folded.
Ford has recalled the Fiesta Mk7 three times. The first affected cars built between July and November 2011 that could suffer from exhaust fumes getting into the cabin. The next came in February 2012; the rear suspension bolts could fail in 889 Fiestas built in September 2011. In November 2014, the most recent recall was issued. It affected 40,000 diesel cars built in 2010 and 2011. The glow plug control module could short circuit and catch fire.
In this review
- 1Used Ford Fiesta (Mk7, 2008-2017) reviewOne of Britain’s best-selling cars, the Ford Fiesta is a stylish supermini that’s brilliant to drive, cost effective to run and offers decent practicality
- 2How much will it cost?The Fiesta is affordable to buy, while its efficient engines, good reliability and affordable servicing mean it won’t cost much to run
- 3How practical is it?It’s a small car, but neat packaging mean the practical and roomy Fiesta makes a great family runaround
- 4What’s it like to drive?Few small cars are as fun to drive as the Fiesta, while there’s everything from frugal diesels to the fire-breathing ST hot hatch
- 5What should you look for? - currently readingOverall the Fiesta is a robust and reliable car, but there are one or two issues to keep and eye out for
- 6What do owners think?Owners love the way the Fiesta drives and its low running costs, but build quality could be better