Considering Fiesta ST

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Meet and Greet' started by chalituna, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. chalituna

    chalituna Member

    Hello all, I"m currently driving a Fiat 500 Abarth that I've purchased about 6 months ago and after visiting dealership for so many times within that period, I'm really getting sick of my Fiat and leaning into getting myself a Fiesta ST.

    I'm curious if Fiesta's reliability is as bad as Fiats. I fell in love with the Fiesta ST at the test drive but it'd be a shame if the reliability wasn't up to the par...
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  3. mrtn

    mrtn Active Member

    I'm hoping the same thing for the reliability. I have never owned a ford before but I'm taking a leap of faith. I had a GTI and was disappointed by the amount of small problems I had. I took a chance on a 2012 Kia Rio and have been very surprised. Haven't had any issues with it yet, except for the lack of power. Hence why I'm jumping on the FiST.
  4. amathophobia

    amathophobia Member

    Only one person on this site had had a fiesta st longer than a month and he hasn't had any issues AFAIK. You could try and check out UK based fiesta st boards to see what they say since they've had the car available to them much longer than we have. I will say that when I went to the ford ecoboost challenge I talked to the people running it and they told me that they we using the same fiestas at each event and they haven't had any issues with them aside from the tires giving up. Personally I think that says a lot because the cars are autocrossed at least 2 times by each person that goes to the event and the cars are not turned off or even given much more than 30 seconds down time between each run.
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  5. xorpheous

    xorpheous Member

    If the FiST is anything like the Fords I've owned (79 Mustang, 88 Ranger, 88 Taurus, 05 Focus SES, 04 Focus SVT, and 07 Fivehundred), maintenance will be a breeze. My 05 Focus has 225k miles on it, my 04 SVTF has 153k, and the 07 Fivehundred has 150k. My 05 Focus finally needs some transmission work after nearly a decade of spirited driving. I have always heard that FIATs were maintenance nightmares. Fix It Again Tony.
  6. Mayhem

    Mayhem Active Member

    Been driving Ford's since '03 and contrary to the very very dated stereotypes.. I've had no issues really.
    The '04 lariat has loads of mileage, and the only real issue has been some transmission work once.

    My Raptor was fine.

    I have heard quite a lot of horror stories involving the Fiat's.... And lots of people getting out of them after months or even less of ownership after constant quality troubles.. :(

    Sorry to hear you were one of the unlucky ones.

    Not many people can really speak with much authority on the Fiesta ST specifically as it's just recently hitting the streets.... But as others are doing I am taking a leap of faith, and am not too worried based on my Ford experiences so far.

    Good luck with the decision!
  7. chalituna

    chalituna Member

    thank you all! I'm really thinking of getting the Fiesta ST soon. I think performance blue looks great
  8. stuntdoogie

    stuntdoogie Active Member

    Im also taking a huge leap of my 06 Acura TL A/T 63k miles. I think about this trade im doing every minute and hoping i dont regret this. People around me dont understand why im doing it, only i know why i am doing it. Ive always had a thing for small hatchbacks with power Just wish it was a 3door.
  9. ST_Rocky

    ST_Rocky Member

    I traded in my 2008 VW MKV R32 for the Fiesta ST. The only thing I miss, is the off the line traction of AWD vs FWD.

    Yes, the VW interior was more top end than the Fiesta, but the Fiesta ST gives me back the true enthusiast's thrill of driving, of being one with the car. I even look forward to my drive in to work - just to be behind the wheel.

    As for reliability? Since I started with British sports cars in my youth (drive on Sunday, repair the rest of the week), I am just glad to have windows that roll up, heater (and now A/C) that works, a roof that don't leak, and a car that starts every day. A Toyota may be more reliable. But it has no soul.

    Oh, and did I mention a grin of pleasure every minute in it? LOL
  10. stuntdoogie

    stuntdoogie Active Member

    How long have you had your ST and how many miles you put down sofar?
  11. ST_Rocky

    ST_Rocky Member

    About 3-4 weeks now, and coming up to 700 miles. Though sadly, it was broken into a week ago, a bash & grab. Really depressed me big time.
  12. FiestaST

    FiestaST Active Member

    It's ok I out almost 800 miles on it in a week :( time to start driving my second car to work
  13. Mayhem

    Mayhem Active Member

    That sucks, happened to me with my Raptor when it was still fairly new. Stole something that was fairly sentimental in value too. Fixed the window no problem though... But can't replace something of sentimental value like that.

    As much as I vacuumed... I literally found glass bits up until the day I traded it in. But it looked good as new until I found bits.. (Under the seat, in the tracks that the seat slides back/forth had the most hidden bits.) I think I may have actually got the last of it, the day I detailed the interior for trade-in. lol

    I got over the broken glass pretty quick after it was repaired, no big deal! I feel about as attached to the windows as I do the tires.... which is... not at all.. but the object stolen bothers me to this day.. Especially knowing it probably got sold in the street moments later for practically nothing.

    Happened in a secured parking garage, with security cameras and patrolmen. They were not willing to check camera footage, or share it with me. Did nothing for me in fact.. Filed a report with the police, but after all that time had passed, there is really nothing they could do. Last time I ever parked there. Better off street parking in front of a starbucks. They are guaranteed to always be busy, and they are everywhere. Free civilian security. Pretty great theft deterrence.

    As much as I like in door parkades for keeping out of the crappy weather and increased potential for door dings/scratches, I no longer trust the security to do anything and find that most of the local secured parkades.... are full of break-in stories.

    Have a buddy who secures one, and that is probably the only indoor one I'd use... because I can just let him know I'm there and he'll keep an eye on it.
    Otherwise I just live with the poor weather and find my coffee shop.

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