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Chris M Wanted a V-10

GOK one six, the blue Fiesta

First brief report:
The Ka is gone; in between various tasks connected with gettting my central heating system working again on Saturday, I managed to take time to drive the Ka on its final journey in my hands to exchange it for GOK (so called due toi the last 3 letters of its plate - for now), a bright blue (Candy blue pearlescent) Ecoboost 100 5-door Titanium. †PCP payments have increased (doubled) from just over £70 to £150 per month but I've been saved paying the cost of the second year service on the Ka, plus 4 monthly payments. †The Fiesta had been "hanging around in stock" for too long despite its fitted extras of 17" alloys, front and rear parking sensors, spare wheel/tyre and convenience pack (hands-free locking/unlocking and engine start-stop by button instead of key) so there was a saving of a good few thousand on the list price, plus a sweetener of over £1000 from Ford finance.

It's a world apart from the Ka, which was a bundle of fun to drive around town but a bit of a pain on the motorway due to tyre roar, what appeared to be gerabox whine and lack of power to pick up speed at much over 40mph. †The Fiesta is much more responsive, better handling, more refined etc etc. †I've done under 100 miles in total due to having to fix my CH on collection day and visiting mum for Mother's Day, then it was back to work today. †So far it's all good news and hopefully I'll have time to take more photos of the car in daylight over the coming weeks too.

Initial economy is somewhat disappointing... under 50mpg wheras the Ka was returning just over 50mpg on average, no matter how I drove it. †However it's early days yet although the engine doesn't feel that tight.......
and the engine is a world away from the 1.25 Fiesta that I had on loan for 3 days recently when the Ka's start-stop system was being investigated and fixed - I wouldn't have bought a Fiesta with that engine in it !

BTW the Ka "let me down" again last Saturday with another puncture that I noticed as I was going to drive off to the dealer to sign the finance papers for the Fiesta, the third in under 9500 miles of driving. I've never owned a car so prone to punctures and I hope I never own another like it !



DetmoldDick

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I've never owned a car so prone to punctures and I hope I never own another like it !


Have you upset a neighbour? I can't believe the amount of punctures you get. I have had 1 puncture on a motorbike, 2 slow punctures and the wife had a blow out (probably a slow puncture that went unchecked) in a combined 70 years of driving.
Bob Sacamano

I like that blue. It really suits the Fiesta.
DetmoldDick

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Boxer6

DetmoldDick wrote:
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I've never owned a car so prone to punctures and I hope I never own another like it !


Have you upset a neighbour? I can't believe the amount of punctures you get. I have had 1 puncture on a motorbike, 2 slow punctures and the wife had a blow out (probably a slow puncture that went unchecked) in a combined 70 years of driving.


I think it just goes like that sometimes! My Mirafiori went through a spate of punctures which was so bad I had 2 within the space of 3 hours one day, at different ends of the town! That whole period of about 6-8 months saw me shelling out for two complete sets of new tyres, in addition to the roughly 2 dozen or so repairable punctures I endured. Then it all stopped, and I never had another, in any car, for years!
PG

Blue seems to be the new silver. Lovely colour.
TreVoR

Nice colour - looks similar to the TVR Olympic Blue.  Enjoy.
Giant

That looks great, lovely colour and wheels.

The fiesta, in the right colour spec as seen above and Richard MBs one, is still looking great for a 7/8 year old model. I haven't even seen any camouflaged spy shots of a new one, so imagine it'll be around for a while yet!
Big Blue

Very smart looking.
Martin

Looks good, Chris.
Clunes

Great colour - it looks great and a huge step up from the KA - I hope you enjoy it :)

I agree that the Fiesta is a good looking car in the right spec but I still feel Ford let themselves down with their interior design compared to some rivals - not so much on material quality but the overall layout, perceived quality/fit/finish - it just seems overly jumbled etc.
Michael

That's a nice looking car. Were I you I'd struggle to justify the C-Max.
Richard (ex-MB)

As I said on the other thread, the 17" wheels really suit the car. I see a surprising amount of candy blue fiestas (considering the £700+ cost of the paint option) but virtually all of them are on the smaller wheels which spoils it for me.

It can't have hang around in stock for too long as it has the recent upgraded rear LED lights so a maximum of 6 months. You can check the build date etc on the Ford ETIS website using your VIN.

Enjoy!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Richard (ex-MB_insider) wrote:

It can't have hang around in stock for too long as it has the recent upgraded rear LED lights so a maximum of 6 months. You can check the build date etc on the Ford ETIS website using your VIN.

Enjoy!

They're LED look-alike lamps, still use one conventional twin-fillament bulb each side (for tail and brake functions). †Built at the Niehl plant (Cologne) on 3 Sep 2015, so it had been hanging around for 6 months without being sold.

I'm certainly enjoying it, loads of grunt compared to the Ka. Currently still averaging around 46 mpg after 200 miles instead of the 50 that the Ka averaged (both from OBC readings). †The weather over the past 3 days means that it could now do with a wash :-(

I learned to drive in a Mk1 Fiesta just under 40 years ago, so it's taken me a while to buy the model of car on which I learned !

Ka is up at £6499
http://www.thinkford.co.uk/used-c...0915-ford-ka-1.2-zetec-3dr-69-ps/
... and I never tuned the radio into Capital !
Roadsterstu

Looks good that Fester. I suspect the extra punch being used is possibly contributing to to "only" 46mpg. I'd be quite happy with that for the performance and 3 pot growl that engine makes.

I still cannot understand why you have the C Max!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Roadsterstu wrote:
I still cannot understand why you have the C Max!


More a case of "I can't understand why I have the Fiesta"....

At the moment the justification is along the lines of "because I can afford it".  Plan is still for younger daughter to buy the Fiesta at the end of the PCP to replace hers, which by then will be just coming up to its 13th birthday
gooner

I thought you owned the git plate on the Ka?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Suitable new git plate now affixed. †It's not really this blue at all, quite a bit of turquoise in it but I can't find a camera that will reproduce the colour accurately !


... and the Ka trade-in has been sold already; will have to keep my eyes peeled when driving locally to see if I can spot it !
BeN

That looks really nice.

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