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Hen Pecked

Member Since 09 Sep 2010
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#118879 Fiesta Mk 7 MPG

Posted by Hen Pecked on 17 March 2011 - 02:49 PM

There is nothing optimistic about them at all, they are proven under test conditions, the same conditions other manufacturers use. Just because some people cannot attain those figures does not mean Ford are being optimistic.

Ford no longer show the various urban/rural estimates and only offer a combined mileage.

By your own words, they are achieved under conditions that the normal motorist cannot achieve and are therefor by definition, optimistic.

Nowhere do Fords state that these mileages were achieved on a rolling road.

I find it both amusing and aggravating that you have nothing to offer to these threads but just criticize other FMs opinions.

I like to hear what other Fiesta owners achieve for their various models and what they have to add to the thread even if you find this subject "boring".

#115780 Fuel Economy Seems Terrible So Far

Posted by Hen Pecked on 25 February 2011 - 10:17 AM

Amazing how many people all rush to say they have fantastic mileage and then you see that they are driving a manual diesel.

The OP was referring to the 1.2 petrol engine which gives lousy performance when compared to other cars in the same bracket.

I fully agree with the statement.

Apart from the rubbish MPG, the Fiesta is quiet a good car. It would have benefited from a larger (1.6?) auto power train but the Fiesta small engined cars are rubbish MPG (EXCEPT THE DIESEL) and even then, other diesel engined cars are far better.

My old Disco2 TDi auto managed over 30 MPG and that weighed thousands of tons and had the aerodynamics of a bus.

OP...spot on.

#115717 Fuel Economy Seems Terrible So Far

Posted by Hen Pecked on 24 February 2011 - 07:48 PM

If I had to write a list of appropriate cars for touring around Europe, a small displacement, petrol powered automatic supermini would be nowhere near it. Especially with the archaic, power sapping auto box that the fiesta has.

Had you bought a three year old BMW 320d, Passat or similar you'd have no such problems - but surely you know what you were getting yourself in for when you bought the car?

I think you're over estimating someone's intelligence on the subject there.

At risk of insulting anyone's intelligence, as I said many times....the car was my wife's choice, not mine ;) .

I cannot believe that people feel that a modern car cannot be driven for 100 miles per day at relatively slow speeds. Any modern car should handle this with ease, even a Fiat 500.

Still, I suppose that some people have trouble reading posts and are looking at their Fiesta with rose tinted glasses.

Look at it anyway you like, the Fiesta has lousy economy compared with other cars in it's category, unless one likes to exaggerate about their fuel economy.

Me? I tell the truth, I am not embarrassed and simply replying to others who also experience bad MPG.......The Fiesta is not as good as advertised or as others claim.

#114364 Fuel Economy Seems Terrible So Far

Posted by Hen Pecked on 16 February 2011 - 10:30 AM

Love this topic.

IMHO I think that most Fiesta owners are too embarrassed to admit that they have chosen a car with lousy MPG performance and exaggerate to hide their embarrassment..

I have had my 1.4 automatic titanium for 4,700 miles from new now...Wifes choice. We are still touring in Europe at speeds not exceeding 50MPG, using feather light touch on accelerator and very little braking, relying on road conditions and use of manual part of gearbox to slow the car down. Tyres are all checked daily and the car only has two people in and very little luggage.

Average speed on tour is 27 MPH and average MPG against petrol purchased is a miserable 37 MPG. Most driving is over 100 mile distances and on smooth, easy roads.

Sorry, but if you want a good MPG car then buy a Volkswagen.

If you want an average about town and country car that is easy to drive and cheap to maintain, buy a Fiesta.

I have come to like most of it but economically, a definite NO.

Swings and roundabouts but definitely lousy MPG.