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Ford Fiesta 1.4D ZXi Ownership Woes

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Ford Fiesta 1.4D ZXi

Silver stone

June 2006

The car was supposed to be delivered with a leather steering wheel (to be provided by the dealer). Imagine my shock on delivery date, when I see that my car came fitted with a non-leather steering wheel. After 3 weeks of telephonic discussions, Ford finally got the leather steering wheel fitted . This small incident was only the start of my

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its not that every fiesta is like this...some odd person is caught in these unfortunate events/an under performing car cuz nothing is 100% perfect...but looking at so many problems,it would be good for ford to replace the car even though it is near impossible

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You are saddled with a "lemon". Let's hope at some point of time the car starts to give you some service, it was intended to, let alone driving pleasure. At present the car is deriving a lot of pleasure, by driving you mad. Yours is a horror story, I think your Fiesta is worse than the Sipani D-1, I owned a decade ago.

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Sad to hear about the gremlins in your upmarket variant of the Fiesta. It may be so that your machine is one of the many that come with such a huge list of faults. But its sad that Ford fleeces its buyers ( famous in this department since the Escort days in India) with such hefty bills.

I would request you to publicise the issue for spreading awareness.

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cant get worse. ive heard a lot of people complaining about fords service & parts availability, but such mech faults is terrible. consumer courts are providing relief to customers. also keep posting in forums for awareness. 

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i enquired from a couple of my friends who have fiesta diesel about mech. defects & most of them were not happy with ford as they have also been having some or the other problem. ford should look in to quality issues seriously, otherwise it could take a lot of beating in future.

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i really admire the patience u have shown with this issue ...with so many replacements i thin k if i would have been in ur place i would have filed litigation against ford india...its really annoying to go to a garage every month..high time for u to file a case and get ur money refunded !!!!

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My sister owns a petrol Fiesta, bought 1.5ish yrs back. Recently when I was visiting, we got down to discussing cars and comparing our running costs from the date of purchase, to my utter surprise the Fiesta had the following major replacements:

1. Front Suspension

2. Radiator (leak)

3. AC gas leak - some pipes replaced

 

Whereas, with my '04 City there's been just regular service costs and NO REPAIRS!!!!

And on top of this, the average is also not good, fiesta gives 11kmpl, my City is around the 14-15kmpl mark!!!!

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@asheesh: Sorry but I dont agree with you on this; I have a 2004 Honda City and its running trouble free! The Fiesta I've mentioned is having roughly the same usage pattern ie, not the only car in the household.

A new car with a low mileage shouldnt have any part replacement issues; a loose nut/screw can be accepted.

I've wittnessed a brand new Ikon breaking suspension within a kilometer from the delivery point! (I was at the Honda sale & service which is very close) and almost everyone cribs about high maintenance costs with Fords!

 

@Sgiitk: Agree but self respect and commonsense are a rarity these days!
Kinshuk2008-09-16 07:26:16

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Beats the good (I think bad would be more appropriate) old days of the Amby (1970's or so) when it was normal for the car to spend at at least half of the first three months in the workshop. Also, any trip of over,say, 350km normally entailed a visit to the mechanic both before and after the trip (often in between as well). 

sgiitk2008-09-16 11:09:32

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