12 December 2013
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What a disaster this thing has proved to be! The tax on petrol is high in Rep of Ireland due to CO2 and EU, but I got the car cheap as a result. It looks nice with all extras you could think of. I bought it privately, but I had it checked by a mechanic. Dual mass flywheel in flexi-fuel went at a cost of 1000 euro (and that’s mates rates mechanic). The alternator and battery were replaced as the car keeps cutting out while driving. This still hasn’t resolved the problem, I don’t know if it’s because it’s a flexi-fuel or what, but I had heard great things about Mondeo. Good size, huge boot, plenty room , nice cabin are positives. However the fuel economy is dreadful. City driving empties like a performance sports car. If buying a Mondeo don’t buy flexi-fuel - however cheap you get it!
Submitted: 11/12/2013 22:27:09
I have a 63 reg 2.2 TDCi Powershift which has now done 3000 miles. It really is a great car (my 4th Galaxy I think) but the fuel consumption is appalling. I am currently averaging 32.4 (and when I did a fuel check by filling up, taking the miles & filling up again etc it came up with 29!). I even have a tuning box on it to try and improve things but hasn’t made any difference really - I have played about with the settings too. I had a 2.0Tdci before which did 42mpg and a brand new rental 2.0Tdci for 3 months which did 40mpg straight off and never wavered. I fail to see how a 10% bigger engine can turn in a 25% reduction in consumption! So beware buying the 2.2 Tdci unless you have deep pockets!
Submitted: 10/12/2013 14:17:43
When I bought this car I really loved the look of it. It was smart and easy to drive but now a year on I’m really not happy with my purchase, I feel robbed to the bones as I look at what garages are selling them for and I feel I’ve lost big time. I’ve had my wheel nuts replaced once already and in 6 months I’ve notice they’re rusted yet again so I’m not happy. Don’t buy one.
Submitted: 09/12/2013 10:53:48
Mk 5 ’smiley’ is a great van. Totally reliable (to be fair it’s only done 65000 miles). Drives really well, the only problem has been some rust, which was my fault for not fixing a hole that appeared right away. Apart from that it’s awesome and we will be keeping it as long as we can. If you’re going to buy a transit, make sure it’s a pre 2000.
Submitted: 04/12/2013 22:21:36
Since my first report I have found that Sony only make the control panel on the dashboard for the VERY EXPENSIVE OPTION and that Bosch make the system but Ford sell I as Sony product. I must say the car itself is good but this extra is useless and Ford themselves took over 8 months to admit this. I would think they are contravening sale of goods act by selling it as a Sony product.
Submitted: 11/11/2013 15:14:04
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Hi, just got a new Transit Custom 2 weeks ago, but traded in my old 2009 Transit with 290,000 on it with the same clutch. What a workhorse.
Submitted: 11/11/2013 08:29:56
Pleased with the car overall. I expected noise from the tyres due to their size, but it’s more than my Leon fr. Very economic, I’ve had 60mpg on a 300 mile motorway run and a bit wobbly through corners. Reliable apart from problems caused by a flat battery at 35k.
Submitted: 01/10/2013 11:51:53
Great car and I’ve had great service out of mine so far. I bought it from Ford and it was a lease car with 16,875 miles on the clock. I’m on 62,500 miles plus and not a day of problems. It still drives like a new car. It’s got amazing handling in a mountain pass. I’m not one that pushes too high speeds all the time but now and then I’ll test the limit in nice flowing bend and it’s got amazing grip. It’s very easy to work on. I do all my own servicing since the car ran out of the service plan.
Submitted: 01/10/2013 08:31:17
My 3rd Mondeo, it’s a quiet, reliable ride, a little harsh due to the 18 inch alloys. Don’t know if I’d go for another Mondeo but a fantastic car all the same. The current shape is a bigger car, must be good as there are enough of them on the road.
Submitted: 30/09/2013 15:15:32
Bought car having only 1 previous owner in 2011. It has never failed me. Loads of ’extras’ on the + model too - heated front window, electric power-folding side mirrors, 6 change CD player built into dashboard, tinted rear windows and more. Extremely spacious car without being too big. Very easy gear change and simple to park. Best of all is cost of road tax - £30 a year. You can’t beat that! My only criticism is that it looks a bit outdated. But who cares? I don’t see the outside of the car when I’m driving it!
Submitted: 28/09/2013 21:54:01
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Recently purchased a Zetec 138 bhp powershift, owned for about two weeks now and I’m very impressed with economy, smooth engine and gear change, although I drive very relaxed with economy in mind. This is a huge mpv, needed this size as I have 4 kids and a dog and it fits us all in with ease. Comparable in size to a Grand Espace although I’d prefer the Ford based on looks etc. I’m well happy so far although very much let down by the main dealer who I purchased from who promised a wet valet, a replacement carpet tray behind drivers seat (bit worn) and they did none of this. Also passenger seat was not bolted down correctly although the car had had a 145 point safety check (yeh right!!!). Ended up doing the repair myself to seat after dealership salesman failed to re contact me, also failed to send out a £3.50 trim fixing screw that was missing (bit poor when I had spent £15500 cash), guess its a case of we have your cash and they are no longer bothered as with most dealerships I’ve dealt with in the past (promise everything and fail to deliver). Overall very happy with the car but dealership has been shocking,
Submitted: 23/09/2013 22:09:36
Bought new Transit van from Fords of Bolton back in 98. Lovely van, only done 100 miles when on the way to work the van started to misfire and loads of smoke coming from the exhaust took it back to Fords of Bolton they had the van for 3 days then told me the bomb shell that the engine was goosed so they wanted £5000 to replace the engine. I told them it only done 100 miles and would be under warranty they came back to me and said that some had dropped something in the engine I said, "Why would someone do that when it’s your only vehicle?" To cut a long story short after 3 months of the van being down at Dagenham for forensic they came back and told me it would be done under warranty because there was a fault with the valve stem seals. I had no problems after that.
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I bought my 2007 280 85ps SWB in 2009 and it had 18k on the clock. Never caused me any problems until a couple of months ago when I noticed it leaking oil. Apart from that it ran like a dream. Took it to the garage, by now with 132k on the clock and they replaced two mail seals and as they had the gearbox out I asked them to put a new clutch in as well. The total was just shy of 1k (ouch !). When I got it back from them it was noisy where previously it had been quiet and it even whined in 5th gear on the motorway. The garage said it was due to a worn gearbox. Possibly it is, however, it made no noise until they did the work. Is it possible they could have damaged the engine somehow ? To add insult to injury 8 weeks after spending a grand the pistons have gone and it’s now dead. Fed up doesn’t even come close. Hope you have better luck with yours! - Joeseph Williamson
Piston on my 2003 2.4 diesel minibus has got big chip out of it - why? Why did yours go? Engine has only done 72k miles - William G from Lancashire
Submitted: 23/09/2013 21:54:22
I’ve had this Van since Sept 2006. Purchased from Ford Dealer and was ex BT. Full bulk head, roof rack/tube and hazard beacon. Also a safe, bins and rack system fitted. 23800 miles on the Clock. I have just put it through a cam belt change and Mot at 51300 miles and passed again without issue. Only ever had one advisory note which was inner face of discs corroding (lack of use). Replaced these, along with fluid change. In the time I had this van, it only failed to start immediately on the key once (3 months ago), which I found to be the original battery getting tired and the earth connection needing a clean. Smoke tests always passed and well down. Still a very clean van, I prefer to drive this rather than a car. It goes where you point it, ok , it’s down on gradient power (75ps) and is the old Endura engine, but giving it fresh oil and filters every 18 months (average 4000miles) seems to have kept it happy. Maybe I’ve been lucky, and I’m going to miss it as I no longer have a need for it. The only reason I didn’t mark it as 5 stars is the power output.
Submitted: 14/09/2013 17:01:31
I love my Ford transit 120 swb smiley face. This van make and model is fantastic in so many ways. its cheep to repair and just goes on and on without a fuss. This is my third 120 swb nothing can beat it as long as you service it well and keep the body work up to date then you will have a van that makes you smile for life well dune ford please remake them as they beat all other transits hands down. swb is like driving a car ive use it everyday and life would be dull without it. Camping, fishing, working everything you could wish for.
Submitted: 14/09/2013 16:41:57
Van was sourced through Ford Direct and sold by a Ford dealer in Middlesbrough. Six months in wrote and gave them a list of ’snags’. Thing was in dealers’ garage for a week, supposed to have done all 7 items on the list but hadn’t. So-called exhaustive tests couldn’t discover the cause of squeaking noise. Mate discovered the exhaust wasn’t secured properly. Rust has been an increasing problem. Wiper blades are rubbish. Stone chip guard to underside is coming off. VW can show Ford how to apply good quality stone guard! Electrical faults are on the increase, fuel injectors are clogged and the fuel consumption is through the roof. Body work develops rust on a daily basis. Ford couldn’t give a care. The dealer is a waste of space, admits the product is of poor standard "the one that got away "he said. Service at the dealership is dreadful and their work incompetent. Dealer thinks by way of compensation he’ll sell me a new van. He doesn’t appear to understand that I bought this one so that I wouldn’t need to think about buying a new van for at least 7 years. At this rate the one I have will be nothing but a rust bucket before it’s 3 years old. Plan on taking dealer to court under Sale of Goods Act 1979 for faulty goods.
Submitted: 14/09/2013 16:24:50
Up until now I would have given a 5 star rating, but this past month has been a nightmare. My van has only got 15,000 on the clock and yet I broke down on the M6 and had to be towed to main dealer in Stafford as the AA couldn’t do a proper diagnostic test on it, so it had to be done by dealer. It turned out no.4 injector had gone. Got it repaired and had it back from the garage a week before it broke down again. And now after another diagnostic test injector no. 1 has gone down. This is at a different garage now that I’m back in Surrey. No telling if no’s 2 and 3 will go or when. Costing a fortune. I would normally be covered under warranty but I’m out of it, despite only doing 15,000 miles. Not nice.
Submitted: 05/08/2013 15:49:22
Hi! I’ve had four of these vans and with the exception of regularly servicing I’ve never had any trouble at all. I don’t spend a fortune buying a van, I just make sure it’s the tdci model, has a full service history and hasn’t been a ex-rental. I used to run Ford Escorts before the Connect, but I think the Connect is a much better van...just buy wisely.
Submitted: 29/07/2013 13:06:45
I decided to upgrade my 2007 Yaris with 175,000km in the dial. I’d pretty much decided to trade it in for a later model Corolla ... Until I drove the beautiful little bright blue 2010 Fiesta Zetec at the local Ford dealer’s yard. I’m 38 and have had a car every couple of years since I was 17. I’ve also driven a variety of other company cars and hire cars ... .. this one is my favourite (except maybe for my ’69 mini but the mini didn’t have cruise control and air conditioning lol). This car feels like quality. Some little hatch’s feel like tin boxes lined with tupperware. This one does not. It’s tight and solid and everything fits together nicely. It drives like it’s on rails. Very direct and flat around corners, none of the sloppiness of the Yaris. The seats are firm and supportive. A note for taller people, I am tall and have the seat all the way back on most cars, this one if I put the seat all the way back I can’t reach the pedals. Plenty of room. I bought the 5 speed manual, I think automatics are for my grandparents. I travel up the freeway here from town, about 5 km of fairly steep uphill. My Yaris used to scream along in 3rd at 4000 rpm all the way to the top. This one cruises up the hill in 5th at 100kmph like it’s on flat ground. No shortage of power. I pulled my Alpine head unit and speakers (including amp and 10inch custom sub) out of the Yaris before I traded it in. I was going to put them into the Fiesta. Now I’m not so sure. The sub, maybe, when I get around to it, but no rush. The sound in the Fiesta is very good. Balanced and clear with plenty of volume and bass. 100 times better than the Toyota factory unit, and much better than other cars I’ve driven. It also has a USB port to plug a thumb drive into. No expensive iPOD required (although there’s iPOD connectivity if you want it. To sum up, I spend about an hour and a half a day in my car. It used to be a chore. Now it is not. This car is pure joy. P.S. Please don’t think I’m hating on the Yaris. I’ve had mine for 6 years and it’s been a very reliable little car. No complaints. I just didn’t realise how very BORING is was. Ditto for the Corolla I had the "pleasure" of driving yesterday. I’m glad I didn’t buy one.
Submitted: 14/07/2013 22:36:24
Update to my dispute with SMC Gravesend and Ford Motor Company regarding water ingress into both driver and passenger doors of 2013 Ka Studio. This is Ka number 2 both with same fault. I have been officially told by SMC Ford at Ebbsfleet, Northfleet, they will do nothing to refund my money on my faulty Ka and according to Ford customer relations it is within the technical design of the Ka and the water ingress within the door seals is of a tolerable acceptance. I now face the long process of asking the help of the ombudsman and then probably going to the small claims court. It is a disgrace that Ford and Swale Motor Company wash their hands with these faults and put people through their own time and expense to seek their rightful refunds. Never again! I have to rate 1 star as I would score 0, but no option of this score, I wonder why?
Submitted: 08/07/2013 19:06:50
Hi. I’ve had a few of these vans over the years (Smileys with banana engine) Ford Transit aficionados will know them. They are the best! So much so that I have searched the internet for another with a good body (the only let down) and found one. I bought one of these years ago from a local guy who was wanting quite a bit for his van considering it was a bit rough and no oil showing on dipstick. Topped it up and got a years service with only the clutch pedal ratchet failing (a £ 30.00 fix) sold it and got what I paid for it. Then saw it two years later still going strong! So looking forward to my new one, which I will apply a million coats of Waxoil to. Happy motoring!
Submitted: 08/07/2013 18:47:56
I have just changed my 7 years old 1.4 automatic Honda Jazz for a 3 years old automatic 1.4 Ford Fiesta Titanium which is an ex motobility car with only just over 6000 miles on the clock. The first thing to say about my silver Fiesta is that it is an extremely good looking car with its streamlined shape and alloy wheels. I found it comfortable too with plenty of interior space and room for 5 adults. The fascia display was fully functional, uncluttered and pleasing. It also has a good sized boot and I was very pleased to find that it came with a full sized steel spare wheel, presumably because it was ex motobility. Visibility was very good all round and I at once found it an easy car to drive with very precise steering. The automatic gear changes were smooth both up and down. If one wants to over-ride the automatic gear changing, the gear lever only needs to be moved to the right and then gears can then be selected by pushing the lever either forward or backward. The car seems very well balanced and is a pleasure to drive. It has a firm, but comfortable ride with not a trace of a rattle anywhere. On steep hills the car climbed readily with the use of "kick-down". On a recent 200 mile trip the car performed beautifully and it is equally good, whether on rural roads or the motorway. The noise level on the roads was at a comfortable level. The "official" mpg figures, as usual are nonsense and driven carefully the car seems to return around 40 mpg overall. I will see if that can be improved on! The titanium is of course the top of the Fiesta Range and comes with electrically controlled air conditioning, cruise control, quick-clear windscreen, auto dimming mirror, electric windows with privacy glass and mirrors that fold automatically when locking the car. There is also a very useful trip computer that shows running, and overall mpg etc. This car also came with reversing sensors which I have never had before. Very useful indeed! A word of warning though: the car locks itself after a short time when you leave it so do not ever leave your keys in the ignition when you get out of the car! Overall I find absolutely nothing to dislike about the car. I am absolutely delighted with it.
Submitted: 08/07/2013 18:24:55
First time in buying a Ford and the last! Loved the new look Ford Ka and wanted something small and nippy. Since purchasing the car I have had to have the radio/cd replaced, had numerous ongoing problems with warning lights appearing on the car - only to be told the reason that these appear is because I don’t drive a long distance and therefore the battery is not charged fully hence the lights coming on and off. Funny thing is that whilst in warranty they didn’t seem to be able to do anything with this constant fault. I was virtually told not to worry when these warning lights appeared!! The last service - when the car was out of warranty - they suddenly managed to find a solution at a cost. Never even had the decency to contact me, went ahead and did the work. Complained bitterly and eventually was reimbursed for the work as they agreed the fault had been an ongoing issue whilst still in warranty. Now the wheel nuts on all four sides have completely rusted. Ford have agreed that they are aware of this, but are not prepared to take responsibility for using cheap components on their cars. Would never ever buy another Ford and will tell anyone I know who is thinking of doing so to take a WIDE BERTH!
Submitted: 30/06/2013 12:57:57
Laden with handy gadgets. Great leather seats. A real looker. But the 1.6 is far too underpowered for this size of car. The previous 2 litre was a superb engine. It could really get you out of any driving situation - even at low speed in high gear it was supremely responsive. And I was always able to beat Ford’s MPG. The 1.6 tdci left me in a couple of tight spots on motorways when it failed to respond to the gas pedal and I have had to change my driving style considerably to master this engine. MPG is at a poor 44 despite trying several different driving styles to increase it. A superb motor, there is no doubt, but make sure you get the bigger engine as you’ll save the difference in juice in just a few months and get a far better drive.
Submitted: 16/06/2013 14:30:02
The windscreen wiper on the passenger side my 2012 Ford Focus hatchback hits the edge of the frame and makes a loud banging sound.
Submitted: 09/06/2013 10:12:03
Remember the smiley face? The last decent transit! In a word all new Transits are rubbish, good luck to those with ones that have provided no hassle. Mk7 known faults: Wiper motors, locking system, egr valves, uncomfortable if you are 6ft with long legs, DMF, gearboxes, thirsty as hell, only run on the cleanest of fuels, electric spasms if left unlocked, useless headlights, badly designed handbrake causes wrist and back strain in stop/start conditions, useless brakes under load. All my vans have covered no more than a poxy 140k miles and all have needed major work at major cost, ironic when the parts are made out of the cheapest materials known to man. I run a fleet of these and I am happy to tell Ford to shove them when it’s upgrade time. P.s. My X reg Merc Sprinter just past 800k, yes, 800k miles on the same engine and box. Transits are cheap for a reason, they are the biggest piles of rubbish on the road! I have two Renaults that have cost less to run by a long way. Never ever again will I buy a Found On Rubbish Dump (Ford). I hope they go bankrupt! I grew up round Fords, but I now want them to be resigned to history. Steer well clear and buy a Merc instead (polish it every 6 weeks though!). Had to give 1 star as there was not a minus 30000 option.
Submitted: 09/06/2013 10:08:53
I purchased this car in 2010. It had a problem with a noisy power steering pump, which was replaced under warranty.It eats front tyres. The bonnet release cable snapped and now the handbrake button wire has snapped. I managed to release the handbrake by removing the trim and gear lever gaiter and pulling on the broken cable. Apart from that a lovely car to drive and tow a caravan with. The car has done 68,000 miles.
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Just read your comments. Hand break, yes, I had a problem, power steering that too, turbo also but saying that my S Max has been fantastic but time to let it retire with 298,112 miles in still the same clutch. I am replacing my car with a Kuga I hope it lasts as welll as 7 years! Cheers, Mike Cope from Yorkshire
Submitted: 09/06/2013 09:01:04
The old syle Sportka 1.6 is the most reliable car I have ever owned, it has never failed to start in all the 10 yrs I have had it, my partner loves it. But sadly things are starting to go wrong with it, mainly due to wear and tear. I have now handed it over to my partner (keeping it in the family), with its nippy engine it still has a long way to go (55000 on the clock). As for me I have just bought a brand new Ford Studio 1.2 Ka a big change for me engine size wise, but I needed a cheaper running car. I love the new shape and the interior has more space than the old Ka, will see how it goes.
Submitted: 09/06/2013 07:02:37
Add on from recent review: Star rating still, 0 pity there is no minus rating for Ford‚Äôs! I have had contact from Ford customer relations who seem to have taken Ford and dealership comments on board and have told me basically what I already knew, so they were of no help whatsoever, a bit like a chocolate teapot. I must stress to anyone thinking of purchasing a Ford Ka to think long and hard and to see if the dealership point out the design in the manufacture and the potential defect, which Ford are well aware of. A good sell point could be to throw in an umbrella free. This has been the most stressful time for me as I now dread having to go out in the rain. It is the joke within my family. Shame on you Ford and Swale Motor Company Ebbsfleet Northfleet.
Submitted: 08/06/2013 22:12:47
I purchased a cheap 2003 Ford KA back in 2007 for my daughter. Although I got a great deal at the time, I soon found out that they’re just not reliable, or well put together. The bodywork corroded very badly and various interior compartments came apart easily. The suspension was hopeless!
Submitted: 08/06/2013 22:05:50