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#1 moon_monkie



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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:22 PM

Warning to anyone using this site that hasn't taken the plunge and purchased a Fiesta. Take my advice and don't! That is unless you enjoy having to replace your alloy wheels at 200 a time every few months as they are not fit for purpose. I've no idea who makes these wheels for Ford but they seem to be made of Cheese... Ford Customer Relations will not help either, just trotting out the 'there isn't a problem' line. So if you value your bank balance and sanity go and buy a VW or Renault etc instead.

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#2 StewartM


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:32 PM

Touch wood, I've not had any problems, car is over one year old, done 10K Miles, some of our roads have been horrendous with potholes this winter.


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:35 PM

The Fiesta has many good qualities. Its a shame you've had a bad experience with your wheels. The low profile tyres do not help, as they don't absorb much when hitting a pot hole etc. I'm sure other vehicles will have the same problem.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:54 PM


We've had the Fiesta almost 2 years and not one buckled wheel.

Saying that, I don't drive over potholes or into the kerb, I try to be careful when I'm driving.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:56 PM

I hope thats not the case, i've hit some massive potholes since i've moved, don't know the roads yet, some that shake your teeth, hoping my alloys are ok :(

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:20 PM

Glad to hear that not everyone is having the same problem, we drive ours very carefully too which is doubly annoying that they keep failing. We like the car otherwise and it's a shame that this issue has soured our experience but when it's time to replace we won't be buying another one, like most people we cannot justify the uplanned and unecessary expense...

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:29 PM

You've come to a Ford Owner's Club Fiesta forum full of Fiesta owners to warn us not to buy a Fiesta.....? :P

10,000 miles and no issues here :)

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 03:55 PM

12,000 Miles and I'm fine. I've hit some massive pot holes too! :unsure:

*touch wood*

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:05 PM

what do you expect from standard alloys? if you want better quality go for aftermarket wheels. Simply put, Alloys are not designed to hit POT holes that the UK is famous for. To be fair, Steel wheels preform better in this regard.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:45 PM

There are many topics about buckled alloys which means ford does not pay attenion to provide a good quality of alloys for their cars. But other than that I would recommend to buy this car.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 04:46 PM


The alloys are made by Ronal (16") Titanium (fan blade style not new ones)

They are 139 not 200

The XL (Xtra load) tyres do not help and also being such a low profile does not also help.

My Fiesta had teething problems but it doesent make me wish i had not bought it.

I have Covered 13k Miles and love the car :)


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:16 PM

Ours were 7 spoke 16" alloys on our Titanium and yes they are over 200 to buy from Ford. We've given up after replacing 3 and put a set of aftermarket alloys on ours. As I said it's a shame as it spoils the ownership experience of an otherwise good car. Ours had clocked up over 20k and no issues other than the !Removed! wheels.

Yes I do think it's worth warning people on this forum as people do look at owner reviews before purchasing so if it helps people avoid the same problems we've had it's a good thing.

As a matter of interest I also have an 04 Megane with the same size alloys as the Fiesta had and that's done 93k over the last 6 and a half years with no wheel problems at all so the Ford ones must be weak.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:18 PM

Hit a massive pothole within a month at speed in the dark, and too rightly killed on of the 16" and with in the last month of having it, hit something on the A1 had a blowout, and dented wheel, either shuffling along on it, or mountung the no hard shouldered kerb! appart from that, nothing!

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:19 PM

TBH, having a buckled wheel is not the worst thing that could happen to your new car. I am on SeatCupra.net and there are loads of threads on that site about the mk5 Ibiza having problems with injectors, warning lights not going off, limp mode on constantly, knocking suspension, rattles from the interior, 'chirping' from the engine, rattling DSG gearbox, the list could go on and on. It seems that its not the best built car in the world, compared to the new Fiesta anyway. If it were me, i would be getting Ford to replace the alloy, its clearly a manufacturing fault!

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:29 PM

I since i got my fiesta in sept09 i have had the following:

September 09:
Bluetooth Update
Gear Lever not central, come out of 2nd and does not line up to 4th

November 09:
Bluetooth Update
Driver Side Door Mirror adjusted not to hit the door on auto fold
Boot + Internal Lights changed for LED
Footwell lights changed to RED LED
Gear Lever not central, come out of 2nd and does not line up to 4th
Made a boot liner - More hardwearing

March 10:
Front Alloys Damaged due ot pot holes - Replaced
Bluetooth Update
Brake hose - Ford Recall Notice - Checked

June 10:
Skid warning light on, no fault found!

July 10:
Unable to get into gear after long distance, something re-aligned

Aug 10:
Heating Matrix melted, stank like a dead body in the car

Nov 10:
Both front tyres worn out at 18k, took kwikfit 2 days to get the tyres in and they are the wrong load rating

Dec 10:
Screw in back tyre kwikfit unable to supply tyre for 1 week! due to high demand as so many fiesta's hitting potholes
, so got ford to do it and they put the only directional tyre on my car (on the back)

Jan 11:
Pothole taken out one of the new front tyres, rim ok for once, kwik fit replaced same day but put the only tyre they have
a directional on the oposite corner to the other one so now one front and one back, car reacting badly on motorway in the wet, swapped them around so
both on the front, grips so much better!

Ditched mickey mouse spare wheel and brough a secondhand alloy off ebay and got the screwholed trye fixed for a spare, and purchased a 2 ton jack for quick replacement.

Starting to hate this fiesta! 2years 8months till i can ditch it!!!!

I have had alloys on cars for the last 20years and never managed to knacker a tyre or wheel before this car!!! and I have found it really bad in the snow so purchased snow socks just
so i can get out of my road

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