Ford Fiesta (2002 – 2008) Review

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Ford Fiesta (2002 – 2008) At A Glance


+Good handling and comfortable ride. Tidy design. Reasonably spacious. Plenty of choice second-hand. Good reputation for reliability.

-Base models a bit sparse on equipment. Style Climates worth £500 more than plain Style. Avoid rare pushrod 1.3. Vauxhall Corsa is more spacious.

On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

Squarer shaped Fiesta with better packaging and more room inside.

Ford Fiesta ST150, 1.6 TDCi, Fusion 1.6 TDCi 2005 Road Test


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Child seats that fit a Ford Fiesta (2002 – 2008)

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Real MPG average for a Ford Fiesta (2002 – 2008)


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Average performance


Real MPG

25–69 mpg

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Can you recommend a reliable, small car for £2000?
"Can you recommend a reliable, cheap to run, small car, please? Cheap on parts if needed. Around £2000. Thank you. "
We'd recommend a Ford Fiesta. There are loads about, so you can be picky about buying one in good condition with service history. Any garage will be able to look after it and parts are affordable. Consider a Toyota Yaris, too. They're very reliable and cheap to run but parts will be a little more expensive than the Fiesta.
Answered by Andrew Brady
How much will a dealer expect for an old car?
"How much should I expect to pay a dealer for a 2006 Ford Fiesta 1.4-litre with 112,000 miles?"
I would not recommend buying a 15-year old car from a dealer. It will be worth from £500 to £800 and the dealer will charge you £1000 to £1600 to double their money. You'd be much better buying it from a private seller.
Answered by Dan Powell
Would you buy a £2000 car without a full service history?
"My daughter is thinking of buying a 2007 Ford Fiesta 1.4 with 72,000 on the clock. It's a nice looking car at £1995 and comes with a full service, MoT and three months warranty. Although it's 13 years old, there are only six stamps in the service book. I'm not altogether happy with that and would be grateful for your opinion."
It's not ideal but on a £2000 Fiesta, we wouldn't be too concerned. If it drives well, has evidence of some servicing (at least) and has recently had a full service, it ought to be a sound buy. There are lots of Fiestas on the market but you could spend a long time looking for one with a flawless service history.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's a good budget car for a 20 year old driver?
"Our son is 20 years old, with a clean licence held for three years. He has about £1500 to spend on a car, plus £1000 for insurance. I'm afraid he knows very little about car maintenance. What would you recommend he looks for?"
Look for a Ford Fiesta with the reliable 1.25-litre petrol engine. It's a great little car and there are loads about, so your son can be picky about buying one he likes the look of. I'd buy from a private seller rather than a dealer - it gives you chance to meet the previous owner and get an idea for how the car's been cared for. Ask to see evidence of regular servicing and look for one with a long MoT - at this price, a car with a short MoT can be deemed worthless within a few months. Also consider a Toyota Yaris.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Ford Fiesta (2002 – 2008) cost?

Buy new from £13,211 (list price from £16,620)
Contract hire from £156.83 per month