Ford Fiesta Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Fiesta reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Ford Fiesta 2012: What are the replacement intervals for the timing belt?
There’s no difference between the petrol engines in the 2011 Fiesta compared with the 2012 model. So, yes, they both require the same timing-belt changes. And yes, the interval is determined by which comes first, the 160,000km or the eight years.
Ford Fiesta 2011: When should I change the timing belt?
If it’s a diesel engine the change interval is every 10 years or 200,000 km, but if it is a petrol engine it is eight years or 160,000 km.
Ford Fiesta 2010: Where to buy a spare tyre?
I understand the 2010 Fiesta came with a space saver spare tyre. I'd be trying a wreckers to find a replacement, but make sure it actually fits your car. Plenty of space savers will look the same, but feature a different PCD (nut spacing), offset and overall diameter.
Ford Fiesta: Key fob replacement
Without more information, such as if you have access to the spare, it's hard to know if a dealer is your only option. You can read more about how to replace your car keys here.
Ford Fiesta 2011: Broken transmission
It’s only the dual-clutch transmission that’s affected, and Fiestas also had the problem. I’m guessing you bought the car secondhand, which is probably why you got no response from Ford. Contact the ACCC (1300 302 502) for advice.
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Ford Fiesta 2011: Is a transmission malfunction covered by Ford?
Your car has the dreaded Powershift disease. Call Ford’s customer service (13 3673) and request they repair the car at their cost. I would expect they would cover the cost of repairs, but they might offer to cover part of the cost of replacing the transmission.
Which hatchback should I buy?
The best times to buy are usually the end of the financial year, or at model run-out times, that's when the specials are on. The CVT and dual-clutch autos are both still unknowns in terms of long-term reliability, but either should be ok over the five years you plan to keep the car. Any of the cars you list, and the list is a long one, would be ok. It really comes down to what you like.
My Ford Fiesta's transmission is making a bad sound
There have been a lot of problems with the auto transmission in that model, so contact Ford and request help with replacing the transmission. I wouldn’t take the transmission out before you get an answer from Ford, as they might ask you to take it to a Ford dealer for inspection. Taking the ’box out could compromise your case.
Ford Fiesta 2012: How to get Ford to buy it back?
You’re in a situation in which you have to negotiate a settlement with Ford. Obviously you haven’t been able to achieve a satisfactory outcome, so it might be worth considering joining the class action suit that is running on this issue. At least then you would part of a group with the strength of numbers rather than an individual alone. Phone 1300 226 647 for info.