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Used Ford Fiesta Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Ford Fiesta faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Ford Fiesta fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Ford Fiesta (1995 - 2002) Fault Guide
Ford Fiesta (2002 - 2008) Fault Guide
Ford Fiesta (2008-) Fault Guide


Ford Fiesta (1995 - 2002) Fault Guide

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We know of 26 FORD Fiesta (1995 - 2002) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 8 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 3 bodywork issues
  • 10 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD Fiesta (1995 - 2002)

What to look for:

On CVH/PTE (all 1.4s) and V-Tec (16v badged and available from 1992) check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 100,000 miles.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as roller, water pump and tensioner, sometimes sold as a kit) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon and will cause expensive damage to the engine. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £80 - 220.


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Ford Fiesta (2002 - 2008) Fault Guide

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We know of 11 FORD Fiesta (2002 - 2008) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 2 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 3 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD Fiesta (2002 - 2008)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most petrol engines the cam belt must be changed within 10 years or 100,000 miles. Most diesel engines must be changed within 10 years or 150,000 miles. Many garages recommend changing the belt earlier at 6 years or 70,000 miles on all engines.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such rollers and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £150.


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Ford Fiesta (2008-) Fault Guide

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We know of 14 FORD Fiesta (2008-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 5 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 1 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD Fiesta (2008-)

What to look for:

When the engine is cold, open the bonnet and check for a very strong smell of diesel emanating from the top of the engine.

What it means:

This can indicate a fault with the leak off pipes for the fuel injectors. These can fail and allow diesel to escape, hence the smell.

What to do

If the car is under warranty (3 years/60,000 miles) then Ford may carry out the repair for free. Otherwise, negotiate a £280 discount or have the repair completed.


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