Ford Fiesta (2002 – 2008) Review

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.

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


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25–70 mpg

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Can I put a rear-mounted bike rack on a car with a spoiler?
"I’m looking for a bike rack that will fit a Mk5 Ford Fiesta. All that I’ve found so far will supposedly not work due to the rear spoiler."
Bike carriers for cars with spoilers can be quite tricky to find, and those that do fit might scratch the paintwork. Thule is a very good brand so we'd definitely suggest that over some cheaper bike racks - but you don't specify your budget. We've tested a couple of Thule bike racks on a Skoda Octavia Estate vRS - which has a spoiler - so I'll link you to the reviews of each so you can figure out what's best for you. Alternatively, I'd try your local Halfords as they should have a decent range and you can speak to someone directly about the spoiler issue. Thule Easyfold XT 2 933 bike carrier rack (2 bikes, more expensive option, tow bar mounted): Thule 991 RaceWay 2 bicycle carrier (2 bikes, rear-mounted):
Answered by Georgia Petrie
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
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