Ford Fiesta

fiesta_004The Ford Fiesta has been around since 1976; however, it had a very short lifespan for North America and was not to return until 2010 with Ford’s seventh generation of the super-compact gas sipper.

There are four body styles available around the world, but North America offers only the Five-door hatchback and Four-door sedan with manual transmission or Ford’s dual clutch automatic transmission.

The Hands-free system Ford Sync is available as an option.

For the start of the 2012 model year, two new premium leather trim options and a sport exterior appearance package were made available for SES/SEL models, while several new colors were added for all models. At midyear, the hatchback became available in the previously saloon-only S trim level; as it includes a rear wiper and the same body color one-slot grille as fancier models, externally only badging and a limited choice of colors distinguish it from the SE. For 2013 option packages have been simplified and a Titanium trim level replaces the former SES/SEL.



fiesta_003The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine to deliver performance while still providing good fuel efficiency. The 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost Turbocharged engine features Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) and put out 180 hp with 177 lb·ft of torque providing an acceleration time of under 7 seconds (0–100 km/h) and a top speed of 136 mph. This engine features “overboost,” allowing delivery of up to 197bhp for a maximum of 15 seconds. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission which features Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control system to brake the inside front wheel to aid agility, and has three ESP modes. The car provides moderately high fuel economy while not sacrificing performance. The ST features a redesigned front fascia similar to the one seen on the Focus ST, a large rear spoiler, aggressive rear diffuser with a dual exhaust system, completed with 17-inch wheels on Bridgestone Potenza tires. On the inside, the ST provides heavily bolstered Recaro front seats and sportier décor; North American versions are offered with the MyFord Touch infotainment system.


COMMON COMPLAINTS
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Transmission
Many drivers have reported shuddering, jerking, hesitating, stalls, slips, grinds or misses during acceleration.


RECALLS
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Component: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) notified the agency on April 23, 2015, that they are recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured July 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, and 2012-2014 Fiesta vehicles manufactured February 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013. On April 30, 2015, Ford expanded the recall to cover an additional 119,567 vehicles, including certain model year 2011 Ford Fiestas manufactured from November 11, 2009, to May 31, 2013 and certain model year 2013 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured from February 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012. A component within the door latches may break making the doors difficult to latch and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not.

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Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 15, 2014, to May 8, 2014, and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured April 21, 2014, to May 15, 2014. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing.

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Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE

Problem Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, to February 27, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, the fuel tank may leak.

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Component: AIR BAGS

Problem Summary: Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Fiesta vehicles, manufactured from November 3, 2009 through September 21, 2012. The vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.” The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty. Although the side curtain air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag under this scenario, that information is not explained in the owner’s guide for these vehicles as required by FMVSS No. 208.

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Component: EQUIPMENT:OTHER:OWNERS/SERVICE/OTHER MANUAL

Problem Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES, THE OWNER’S MANUALS CONTAIN INCORRECT CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S (NHTSA) VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE.