Want to buy Fiesta ST. What is Fiesta ST common problems?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by riftan, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. jakenbake

    jakenbake New Member

    Hi everyone! I'm new here. I Googled Fiesta ST clutch problems and came across this page. I had the exact thing that happened to zoobadger happen to me. My 2014 Fiesta ST has 14,000 miles on it and is only two years old. I know how to drive a manual transmission. I've never owned a car that wasn't. I learned on a 90's Escort GT and owned a Miata before buying my Fiesta. I don't even drive it that often because I have a work truck I drive 5 days a week. I took it to Pennsylvania from Indiana to visit a friend and had to leave it there. State College Ford told me that it wasn't under warranty and that it will cost me over $1,600 for a new clutch on a car with a little over 14,000 miles is absurd. I'm not 50, I'm 29 but that doesn't mean I don't know how to drive and that I street race my car. It's bone stock besides the craigslist Focus SVT wheels I have on it. And I only have those on the car because the original wheels are so crazy expensive to replace after a pothole took one out. Anyways this car is my baby and I love it to death but it's not a BMW. Over $1,600 on a 14,000 mile subcompact car is a little extreme.
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  3. firSTinWpg

    firSTinWpg Member

    Add me to the list of owners with premature clutch problems as well. Our 2014 ST is my wife's daily driver and has just started showing slipage under acceleration in gear, mostly 4th or 5th. Car has just 23,800km or roughly 15,000 miles on it.

    Like others this seems incredibly premature. Car is at the dealer as of today, and I've contacted Ford Service on here who are promising to work on it with us. I'll keep you guys updated how it goes.
  4. OlschlagerB

    OlschlagerB New Member

    my biggest problem is people say my car is too damn cute!! :(:(
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  5. tazzzz31

    tazzzz31 New Member

    I love my Fiesta ST, drove it like a mad man without a cause for 16k miles. Then trouble started. My clutch went from working to burned (dealer called it abuse) within 50 miles of the clutch even acting up at all, and now I'm stuck with a $1700 bill and a car that won't run. I have an early 2015 model year version, but beware, the stock torque of the car can easily make the car go from a 6.7 second 0-60 to a fancy lawn ornament very quickly.
  6. arcyallen2

    arcyallen2 New Member

    BRAKES. I had a moderate squeal as I came to a stop, and the brakes sounded gravelly if I hadn't driven for a day. After 4000 miles brought it in for Ford to figure it out. During the first appointments they said due to some hot spots I needed new front rotors. Appointment two they replaced them and determined I needed back rotors (!), too. Appointment three and all brakes work and sound great...but the service rep emphasized I should check in with them in another 4k miles to report any issues. Her explanation was that when the car sits for a few days rust builds up on the rotors and can cause some issues. Seeing as I own a Miata and don't drive this everyday I told her this sounds like it's going to be a recurring issue. Time will tell...

    But you should still buy one :) It's the most fun I've had driving a car. I tell people "It's more fun than it should be."
  7. firSTinWpg

    firSTinWpg Member

    Seems like the clutch is starting to look like a fairly common occurance. Looks like 15-16K miles is a common failure point. IMHO, this seems more than coincidental.

    Luckily in our case Ford Canada did replace the clutch for us under warranty despite being over on time and mileage. Unfortunately it makes me very nervous as to the future longevity of the new clutch. Replacing clutches every 2yrs/16k miles is beyond excessive.

    I did notice that the pedal feel seems much lighter on the new clutch than the original, so Im hoping that perhaps there was an issue with early production clutches and this new one lasts longer.
  8. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    It's funny, I was just thinking about this thread this morning. The FiST has been around in the US for about 2 years now so hopefully we are starting to get a decent picture of how reliable these cars are.

    I'm about to tick over to 30k miles in mine. My only issues have been failed strut bushings, which I had replaced by the dealership once, and once on my own.

    The oem brake pads dust like crazy, but after switching to porterfield pads (25k miles) the dust has gone away. The braking isn't nearly as good so I'm switching back to the oem pads.

    Finally, I got about 27k miles out of the oem tires, now riding on Bridgestone RE-760 rubber.

    How is everybody else holding up?
  9. tazzzz31

    tazzzz31 New Member

    I wouldn't buy a late 2014 or early 2015 Fiesta ST unless you plan on ditching the stock clutch in place of something more reliable. I'm out $1600 on a new (and stock) clutch that Ford refuses to pay for or cover, when it is obviously a factory issue. As soon as the work is done, I'm ditching the Fiesta ST as fast as I can and never looking back. I have recommended the car to everyone prior to this issue, but thanks to the wonderful service from Ford, I can't recommend buying the Fiesta ST until they realize this is a factory issue and fix it.
  10. arcyallen2

    arcyallen2 New Member

    It is highly unfortunate (and irritating as a customer and business owner) that they aren't covering it. I get a clutch -might- be considered a normal wear item like brakes, but when a clutch is expected to easily last 100k+ miles, it's just not right.
  11. tazzzz31

    tazzzz31 New Member

    For sure! I mean....in all it's rights, the Fiesta ST is the best performance car you can get under $25k, but after 3 days of nothing but stress, trouble, and a changing of stories (from all ends), I think it's safe to mark this up as a learning experience and realize that the car company that my grandfather worked for over 30+ years, the company that made my dream car (2006 Ford GT), the company that I'm working on the frame for their 2018 Expedition and Navigator for...is not the awesome company I thought they were. Oh well.
  12. Neeqness

    Neeqness Member

    This is what I'm worried about too. I get noise while shifting that I never had before in my previous cars. Personally I suspect the tranny fluid is too thin and causing more wear than it should but I just don't know enough to even recommend a good alternative weight...

    My car only has 6k miles but I really hope it doesn't become an issue later. I got the extended warranty on my car but still...

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  13. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    30,303 miles just this morning and no problems yet. It's had hundreds of autocross and rallycross runs with lots of clutch dumps. First RX of the year in Cedar Rapids this weekend. I too switched to Hawk brakes and were very disappointed. They cost me a good half second and several places at Nationals last year. You get no bite on the first run, run wide so are tentative thereafter. Going back to OEM brakes and new rotors this spring.

    Still looking for some RX coilovers that aren't all about lowering the car.....
  14. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Obviously you don't know how to use a clutch. And no one backs a clutch. It's a wear item. Ask my buddy with the Genesis and it's 100,000 mile warranty. Like I said above, I've had hundreds of autocross and rallycross runs(400+/-) in the last two years without a problem.
  15. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Get and use Motul DCTF. I did; works great.
  16. firSTinWpg

    firSTinWpg Member

    Kind of unfair to assume it's a driver issue with the clutch just because you haven't had any problems with yours.

    There's at least 3 or 4 owners in this thread alone who have all had premature failure right around 16K miles. That seems too similar to be purely coincidental. Also, as glad as I am that Ford did the right thing and covered ours despite it being past 1yr/12K it does make me wonder why they would do that unless they know of an issue and would prefer it stays quiet.

    For what it's worth ours was an early build that was delayed at the factory for 2 months. No one could tell us why. Makes me wonder if there weren't some production issues they werent still trying to figure out.
  17. Neeqness

    Neeqness Member

    I think it just depends on your dealer. Some our nicer than others...and it seems like you had a nice one. Others were not covered and had to pay for their clutches. One good reason to go with a "nice" dealer. Those who value customer service at a higher level.

    Yes I know that this is still easier said than done but online reviews can help a bit.

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  18. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Mine was an "early build" too. Nov 2013 if I recall. del 1/9/14. And if there are only 3 or 4 I would say that's likely operator error.

    I'm sure a lot of you have instructed solo driver's schools and seen horrendously improper technique(s).
  19. Its so much easier than an auto though.......... Oh thats right if the computer doesnt know its screwed up neither does the tech...........
  20. Get the mountune RS-R pads Less initial (jittery) bite but still stop on a dime, I actually think they work better with less dust. and you can track the shit out of them.
  21. BostonDriver

    BostonDriver Member

    I've got 22K on my '14 FiST and have had no issues other than one of the windshield trim pieces breaking. It was replaced under warranty without question. I had had the rattling clutch sound, but from my previous expereince owning an SVT Focus years ago I know it's just the sound of the dual mass flywheel. The SVT focus had a TSB and/or a recall to replace the flywheels when they started coming apart on people. I'm guessing the FiST might be in the same boat, but so far mine is great and I had done multiple trackday events in mine with the full Mountune catalog thrown at it. The only downfalls I'd say it has is inadequate brakes and cooling (for track use). Drive it on the street as hard as you want and you'll never have an issue other than maybe the law enforcement! ;)

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