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    Fiesta 1.4 titanium auto
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    Tyne & Wear
  1. Which automatic Fiesta to buy?

    A couple of months back I got my first ever automatic after almost 50 years driving to try and ease the arthritis in my knees. 2011 Fiesta 1.4 Titanium auto. I'm totally loving this car. The auto box is so smooth you can hardly notice the shifts and cruise control is the icing on the cake for longer journeys. The automatic transmission also makes stop/start town driving into a pleasure, almost. The only thing I don't like, so far, is the fuel consumption but, in saying that, I been spoiled in my last car with a 60 mpg diesel Toyota so not much could measure up with that! You should be able to find one within your budget. Mine came from a Ford main dealer for around the £5k mark complete with two year Ford warranty and breakdown cover. When I got it the cruise control wasn't working as it should so they took it straight back in and replaced the unit, no problem.
  2. Automatic advice

    Thanks for all your comments and observations. Collected the car on Friday and seem to have slipped straight into the 'left leg out of the way' pattern without too much bother. All seems to be going well. Have a long trip in a couple of weeks so that will be the real test, especially the cruise control. My first quick try out of this had me a bit baffled as the handbook is so sketchy on how to use it. I was expecting to get something on the display to indicate a selected speed but, eventually, discovered that you have to actually reach a desired speed and then switch it on! There seem to be so many issues where the handbook is a bit hit-and-miss. Would have expected a company like Ford to be more on the ball with this sort of thing. Anyway ... thanks again. Any further tips are welcome.
  3. Automatic advice

    Thanks. That is the sort of thing I was looking for. I would have presumed that but, without trying it, would probably be a bit wary in case I messed something up. I take it, under that circumstance, I would knock the shift over towards me then move M towards minus? Like changing down in a manual? Other situations could include a higher notch when needing traction for snow?
  4. Automatic advice

    Hello all, First post here. After 45 years of driving in all types of vehicles both for leisure and professionally I finally succumbed to the pressure of arthritis knees and am getting an auto. Should be collecting at the weekend a 2011 Fiesta Titanium 1.4 Auto. In all those years I have never driven an automatic apart from once, for a few miles, so would like any user tips on methods and practices to use or avoid. Same goes for Cruise Control. Been looking through the handbook and can't really follow how and when I might use the M+ and - manual override. Any constructive advice would be welcome.
  5. Interesting. You make no reference to brake pads, etc. Are they not included in a service? What about such things as timing belt/chains? Are they not part of regular 'major' service?