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Mk1 Fiesta - What are they like?

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We never got Mk1 Fiestas here in Australia although we now have the current later Z-Tec ones. I just love the unique styling of them with their square headlights. So I always wondered what the Mk1s were like? How did they drive? Easy to maintain? Handling? Rust prone? I always really wanted to drive one just to see what a Kent engine was like in a front wheel drive car? It seems like an odd thing to me with over a decade of RWD Kent engined cars only. Are they zippy super minis or just mundane transport? I would love to hear of your experiences with them as I always wanted to know. Thanks!

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1.3 is nippy and light, high revving with good handling to boot. like any old ford they are very straight forward to work on with many interchangeable parts

 

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And just like Escorts, better looking with round headlights. #ControversialButFair 😎

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2 hours ago, Vista said:

And just like Escorts, better looking with round headlights. #ControversialButFair 😎

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I agree round headlights look good on Mk1 Fiestas but I actually like the square ones just as much. Having the indicators directly beneath them is kind of different and quirky. Rallye's gold one is equally as stunning as as the XR you have posted. With Escorts though round always wins out.

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The 957 basic was exactly that!! Nowt fancy did its job ....town/ shopping car 1.1 a little bit quicker think the did this lowest version of the L in 1. Ghia version had all the bells and whistles 1.3 nice little town car but reasonably pleasant on longer runs. Super sport and the xr2 predominantly aimed at the boy racers, which they achieved. Super sport fairly nippy, won't say economical Because they were thrashed to death so mpg didn't come in to it !! Xr2 pocket rocket of its time really, handled well on 185/60/13 tyres. But was very good at wheel spinning and eating tyres.Noise levels quite good for longer runs unless they were janspeed equipped then a bit of a drone. As an investment you've got to go for the super sport or the xr2 Or if you want that plush look with a bit of ummph the ghia. All suffered with the normal Ford rot worm.

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9 hours ago, Vista said:

And just like Escorts, better looking with round headlights. #ControversialButFair 😎

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square look better, thats the main thing i didnt like about my xr2. although the dreaded pepperpants wheels had gone and replaced with 14' rs 7 spokes

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Awesome little bits of kit on  the back roads, handle well, fly well, land straight, buuuuut, can bend slightly at the screen base on heavy re-entry which also splits the exhaust down pipes.

 

Panda cars, driven faster than hire cars.😁

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I just really really want to try one but have to live vicariously through you guys instead. Is the gearshift notchier being front wheel drive compared to a type E or type 2 in a rear wheel drive? Does it still feel like a Kent engine with it pointing the other way?

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Iirc, gear change was slick, early base model brakes needed anticipation if you weren't wearing your Big Boys Pants, and faded quickly if left foot braking with the throttle pinned in 3rd (4spd box), and a Kent engine is a Kent engine whichever way it's facing.

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3 hours ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

I just really really want to try one but have to live vicariously through you guys instead. Is the gearshift notchier being front wheel drive compared to a type E or type 2 in a rear wheel drive? Does it still feel like a Kent engine with it pointing the other way?

Swap you for your orange Twin Cam. I will go out and buy one to ship over 😁

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12 hours ago, Vista said:

Swap you for your orange Twin Cam. I will go out and buy one to ship over 😁

It would have to be one of the sportier versions? I wouldn't do a deal for a one litre popular.

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