Ford Fiesta 1.6S Ownership Review


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What a lovely thread indeed! I already have your photos as my desktop and mobile wallpapers! I would love to post a question here, which has been eating me since forever.

A little background: Recently I bought a Honda City 2012 V-AT for a sweet deal, a story about can be found here Almira: Honda City 2012 V-AT - Story Of a Gift (Miha)

Having said that, with the plans I have for setting up the finance aspects, I literally just immediately missed the Fiat Palio, but I had a 1.1 SLX and not the famed 1.6 rockets. So, on the same note, I made a point to myself that I would again get an exciting car to drive, not that the Honda City isn't exciting, but come on, 25 yo and Automatic doesn't really go hand in hand. So, I was on the lookout for a Fiat Palio 1.6 itself, to buy sometime in the next year or so. But, I knew about the Fiat spares scarcity and I want this car to be an experimental car, through which I can learn mechanical and electrical aspects. Hence, I came across a need for a car which is exciting, not too expensive to maintain and spares and aftermarket parts should be available aplenty, of course robust build quality and safety features were second top of the list.

By chance, came across this thread, and I was smitten, I spent the whole of last night going through your thread, but I want you all to help me deciding if this is a good decision, to own two sedans, where City would be my go-to car for family drives, and the other would be only for me, and my experiments and fun. I am technically very novice yet, because before the City came home, I have only ever driven the Fiat Palio and nothing else. Hence, would I get different experience from the Honda City from the Ford? Because even City has the 1.5L 114 bhp motor, which is fairly fun, but again, we can never be satisfied can we?

If I get a go ahead then this car would seriously be considered in the list of cars, that I would like to own, albeit how financially stable I am in a year. Don't want to have two cars and then leave them unused.
 
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What a lovely thread indeed! I already have your photos as my desktop and mobile wallpapers! I would love to post a question here, which has been eating me since forever.
That's so kind of you. Thank you Manas [clap]

A little background: Recently I bought a Honda City 2012 V-AT for a sweet deal, a story about can be found here Almira: Honda City 2012 V-AT - Story Of a Gift (Miha)

Having said that, with the plans I have for setting up the finance aspects, I literally just immediately missed the Fiat Palio, but I had a 1.1 SLX and not the famed 1.6 rockets. So, on the same note, I made a point to myself that I would again get an exciting car to drive, not that the Honda City isn't exciting, but come on, 25 yo and Automatic doesn't really go hand in hand. So, I was on the lookout for a Fiat Palio 1.6 itself, to buy sometime in the next year or so. But, I knew about the Fiat spares scarcity and I want this car to be an experimental car, through which I can learn mechanical and electrical aspects. Hence, I came across a need for a car which is exciting, not too expensive to maintain and spares and aftermarket parts should be available aplenty, of course robust build quality and safety features were second top of the list.

By chance, came across this thread, and I was smitten, I spent the whole of last night going through your thread, but I want you all to help me deciding if this is a good decision, to own two sedans, where City would be my go-to car for family drives, and the other would be only for me, and my experiments and fun. I am technically very novice yet, because before the City came home, I have only ever driven the Fiat Palio and nothing else. Hence, would I get different experience from the Honda City from the Ford? Because even City has the 1.5L 114 bhp motor, which is fairly fun, but again, we can never be satisfied can we?

If I get a go ahead then this car would seriously be considered in the list of cars, that I would like to own, albeit how financially stable I am in a year. Don't want to have two cars and then leave them unused.
A very debatable topic I must say. For me this car was something that got into my head and I really wanted it for so long. But yes, keeping two similar cars is not a wise decision at all. Fiesta is not about outright power, it's more of a blend of balance between the chassis and suspension. Trust me on this, that feeling you get while pinning down a corner at full throttle is next level glorious. Keeping that aside, Fiesta is really cheap to maintain as most of the parts price has been reduced to almost 50% in comparison to when it was launched. It's a tough decision to make [;)]
 
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That's so kind of you. Thank you Manas [clap]


Fiesta is really cheap to maintain as most of the parts price has been reduced to almost 50% in comparison to when it was launched. It's a tough decision to make [;)]
Yes, they'd be similar cars, but the second car would be purely experimental car, like we try different aftermarket products, oils, etc, and cheaper parts being another plus. I was first fixated on a Polo, Palio 1.6, but then as you said, the Ford would be the cheapest to maintain and tinker. Hence the question.
Of course the decision is atleast an year away, and on the finances then.

Anyway, I'm glued to your thread. Lovely.
 
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I won't say Ford is a good ride for trying out Aftermarket jobs. Ford lasts best with OEM spares (My personal opinion and experience) .
As everyone say , Ford - Its pure handling .
Taking a corner in 80 (Even more speeds) - My ranking is BMW>Volvo>Skoda>Ford (Don't mistake greater than , as all are in different price brackets, and its very much intresting to note that Ford can provide that level handling in this price brakcet.)
 
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Yes, they'd be similar cars, but the second car would be purely experimental car, like we try different aftermarket products, oils, etc, and cheaper parts being another plus. I was first fixated on a Polo, Palio 1.6, but then as you said, the Ford would be the cheapest to maintain and tinker. Hence the question.
Of course the decision is atleast an year away, and on the finances then.

Anyway, I'm glued to your thread. Lovely.
More or less two time bombs to play around with [shock]
Palio 1.6 parts are available in 99rpm, but super expensive. Rather clean ones are really hard to find.
Fiesta 1.6 parts are available and cheap, performance parts, you will have to rely on UK sites, Fiesta MK6 shares our same 1.6 Zetec(Duratec) engine.
 
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More or less two time bombs to play around with [shock]
Palio 1.6 parts are available in 99rpm, but super expensive. Rather clean ones are really hard to find.
Fiesta 1.6 parts are available and cheap, performance parts, you will have to rely on UK sites, Fiesta MK6 shares our same 1.6 Zetec(Duratec) engine.

Exactly. Hence, the current choice is the Ford. Of course, the decision being atleast an year away, might probably change a 100 times, you know how our hearts are!!

There's one Fiesta 1.6 S I came across, asking of 3L, for a 72,000 odometer one, two owners. What's a fair price to look for in such instances?
 
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Exactly. Hence, the current choice is the Ford. Of course, the decision being atleast an year away, might probably change a 100 times, you know how our hearts are!!

There's one Fiesta 1.6 S I came across, asking of 3L, for a 72,000 odometer one, two owners. What's a fair price to look for in such instances?
1.6s values are always high comparing to normal 1.6. Anything around 2.5 is a fair deal I would say, but even many 1.6s has been sold in KL for around 4L now and the price is increasing day by day since more people are on the look out now.[frustration]
 
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Installing Puddle Lamps :

Got a set of puddle lamps from Oznium, The same exact ones that I've bought for the Amaze as well. Finally, after keeping it idle for more than a year, thought of fixing it [evil]

Remove the ORVM outer cover.

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Very less space to accommodate the puddle lamps

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remove the rearview mirror

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Check out the limited amount of space and indeed all the dust !

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Remove the bolt that sits inside the inner door release latch

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and then the door handle cover

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Unscrew the 2 bolts inside the door handle cover

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Remove these two screws under the door panel

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Inner tweeter panel, it indeed had a factory OEM tweeter to my surprise, thought it was a dummy panel until now

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ORVM power connection

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Door panel removed

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common inner door seal with tar like glue

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ORVM housing removed

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OEM Tweeter

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OEM 4ohm door speakers

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Mirror housing on @deville_56 work bench!

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The only one part where you need most precision, mess this up and you will end up with a big ugly looking hole in the housing.

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Factory spec OEM flush fit [evil]

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Routing the puddle lamp wires as usual to the dome light

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good excuse to remove the dome lights and do some LED conversion

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Custom-made warm white LEDs for the interior. I preferred this over the white LED's as I felt the white ones kind of spoil the interior ambience when in use.

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Reading lamps are untouched

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Voilà!

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Some better pics of the puddle lamp in action [cheers]

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