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

Gears

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.

Seals

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.

Alloys

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

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.

Interior

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.

Recalls

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.

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