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#1 FMC

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 05:05 PM

After 2 previous order cancellations, today finally picked up the new Fiesta! Zetec S TDCi, with Street Pack (17s, Privacy Glass & ESP), Bluetooth and USB and mini spare wheel. It's a December build so comes with heated front screen, sideskirts and alloy pedals as standard (previously optional extras on ZS) Special thanks to daisbuys on here for setting me up with Evans Halshaw in Cardiff!

First impressions - steering is too light but very precise, not got much of a feel for it yet so this maybe a moot point as it's really only noticeable at slow speeds. On the motorway it felt very solid and composed,; i've not hit any twisty stuff yet so that will need to wait for the weather to improve. Steering wheel design is terrible - stupid shape, too chunky at 10-to-2/quarter-past-3, too skinny at the top and bottom :angry: (on a side note, Piggy, how do you feel about this, and how do your pupils feel about it? And anyone else for that matter?? :unsure:)

Power is dreadful - then again, coming from a 244bhp Focus ST to an 89bhp diesel, it's bound to be! :lol:

Ride is rather firm- God only knows what it's going to be like once the Eibachs are fitted :huh:

Bluetooth system is crap and terribly slow at trying to add voice tags to the system - i think i'll giveup on that except for maybe 2 or 3 names lol! I'm sure it'll be invaluable for incoming calls though! Audio is pretty good. Not tried the iPod yet, just the radio and CDs :)

So far, too early to tell abut the actual drive or handling as it's been a cautious drive until now (all 33 miles of it lol) in some quite icy conditions.

Surprise feature that i've not heard mentioned before is the fact that the side and tail lights come on when you unlock the car, and fade off, much like the interior lighting! I like that a lot! B) :)

Cheers!

Bye bye ST :(
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#2 ASHMAN

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 05:21 PM

I also did the same step down from 300 bhp st to the mk7. took me a few months to get used to the power drop, steering isnt good at all but you learn to live with it.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 05:26 PM

Very nice :D
Am sure it will take a bit getting used to with the power difference but they both look as good as each other :D

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 05:37 PM

That's a lovely looking car :D I'm sure you'll get used to the power drop after a while. We've had the 1.6tdci for a few months now and find it has got plenty of umph for overtaking etc.. B)

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 05:39 PM

For me, the steering is one of my favourite aspects of the car, but maybe ive just got used to it. Obviously the ST is going to be the better car but in terms of value for money, the Fiesta wins.

You will be disappointed with the stereo im afraid. There is absolutely no comparison between the Sony system which you would have had in your Focus and the Fiesta system.

Anyway, its still a great car, hopefully you will enjoy it mate. Its no Focus ST though, thats for sure!

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 06:44 PM

i find by wearing oven gloves the steering wheel is very comfortable :lol:

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:23 PM

i find by wearing oven gloves the steering wheel is very comfortable :lol:


lol :lol:

Thanks for all the comments folks! :D

I'll keep you all updated on life with the Fiesta in coming days, weeks and months - after all, it's the reason i joined here in the first place so it's the very least i can do! :P :D

BTW, it's a 2-line display ;)

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:37 PM

Wahey, you finally got your new car! :)
Bit of a downer though reading your initial review, to be fair compared to an ST- it's a damn tough act to follow. I think the Fez looks better to be honest but I'm probs a bit biased. As for the steering wheel I think it's pretty tactile and comfortable. (Not sure whether they're the same in the ZS and Tit though?)

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:45 PM

Wahey, you finally got your new car! :)
Bit of a downer though reading your initial review, to be fair compared to an ST- it's a damn tough act to follow. I think the Fez looks better to be honest but I'm probs a bit biased. As for the steering wheel I think it's pretty tactile and comfortable. (Not sure whether they're the same in the ZS and Tit though?)


Not sure either whether steering wheels are same, but i am inclined to believe they are (just different on the lesser models (Style/Style+)?)

I will not be making any more comparisons to the ST except where I feel the Fiesta is a major step forward - for example the sun visors are much better shape in the Fiesta and completely blind the sun, whereas in the Focus they leave a massive gap to the right side becasue of the contours necessary for them to fold into the headlining recess :P

Keyfob design (flip key) was a welcome addition too - i expected something totally different! (Told you i'd never test driven a Fiesta didn't I? :lol:)

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Oh, one MAJOR advantage over the Focus - it fits in the garage a lot easier! :lol:
(I didn't expect it to be much smaller, but it is! Looks are deceiving!

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:53 PM

Haha the key means everything! When I ordered my car the only thing that I was unhappy about was the fact that I thought it would come with the same key as my mk6 (the un-flippy big oval shaped one). When I found out it was a flippy one I was more excited about that than the rest of the car! What a loser I know.
I think that you should continue to compare the two cars fairly (except the massive, massive performance difference that is, I'll take that as a given!) :P

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 08:02 PM

EDIT:

Oh, one MAJOR advantage over the Focus - it fits in the garage a lot easier! :lol:
(I didn't expect it to be much smaller, but it is! Looks are deceiving!

The Mk7 Fiesta is bigger than some of the previous versions, but those MK2 Focus... (what is the plural of Focus? Focuses, Focii?) are massive....surprised that you have a garage thats big enough to fit one it....assuming you didn't have to climb out the boot once it was in there?

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 08:52 PM

The Mk7 Fiesta is bigger than some of the previous versions, but those MK2 Focus... (what is the plural of Focus? Focuses, Focii?) are massive....surprised that you have a garage thats big enough to fit one it....assuming you didn't have to climb out the boot once it was in there?


Well i used to have a MkI Focus (plural is Focuses - anyone who calls them the other is a dimwit IMO :P) which fitted nicely into the garage but then i never had mountain bikes squeezed down the sides, which made fitting the ST in a tight fit!

Fiesta fits nicely even with the bikes, with much more room all round, although i did read from M-Sport that the wheelbase of the new Fiesta wasn't much different to the MkI Focus.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 08:54 PM

Nice car! I enjoyed reading your comparisons, keep them coming. It's nice to hear constructive critiques of the car instead of just general moaning! I'd not noticed an issue with my steering wheel, but I was driving a mk 1 106 and a Ka before mine :lol: so anything in an improvement. I also love the fact my lights come on when I unlock the car, I'd never seen it on another car! Nice feature. Don't forget about the courtesy lighting when you turn the car off, flick the headlight stalk and they'll stay on for 30 seconds or something, useless if you're parking it in a garage, but still pretty neat :D

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 09:08 PM

Sorry for a double post, but big up to Evans Halshaw!! Really good dealer, gave us loads of money off and have decent after sales service :D

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 09:09 PM

Nice car! I enjoyed reading your comparisons, keep them coming. It's nice to hear constructive critiques of the car instead of just general moaning! I'd not noticed an issue with my steering wheel, but I was driving a mk 1 106 and a Ka before mine :lol: so anything in an improvement. I also love the fact my lights come on when I unlock the car, I'd never seen it on another car! Nice feature. Don't forget about the courtesy lighting when you turn the car off, flick the headlight stalk and they'll stay on for 30 seconds or something, useless if you're parking it in a garage, but still pretty neat :D


Oh how wrong you are dear Flic! We used the "guide me home lighting" on the ST so that it would shine through the garage side windows and light up the garden path ;) I'm so glad the Fiesta has this feature too!

I had the sidelights feature on my Volvo S40 - it even had puddle lights in the wing mirrors and a special button on the remote to switch them on in the dark when approaching the car - i miss that loads!

I need to go get the owner's manual now and read through that to see if there's any other neat little features i'm not aware of - yeah, i'm that kind of guy that has to read the manuals! :lol:

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