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Unlike the peeps in the US which get the Mexican made 5 door Fiesta, we in Australia get the the same Fiesta ST that they get in the UK the 3 door hatch made in Germany.

The car gets great reviews in terms of performance and handling but Ford Australia doesn't.  Since we don't have Lemon laws, like they do in the US, we often get screwed over royally when there are problems with cars.  Things got so bad that there is actually a Class action against Ford Australia over the "Power-Shift" DCG transmissions, I can't recall that ever happening here before.

Now the German made Fiesta ST avoids a couple of issues that the Mexican version in the US suffers from:

  • Issues with premature clutch wear

  • Issues with thin paint

There are reports of a fair amount of rattles and the old Sync1 they use in the UK/AUS versions and they're not brilliant but if it plays mp3 from a usb stick that's all I care about.

There are no issues with the performance and handling of the car but I'm worried that problems are more likely and that given the attitude of Ford Australia I'm in real trouble if something does go wrong.   But there is nothing on the road that comes even close to the ST.  Unless I'd go for a VW Polo Gti  but that'd be just a ticking time bomb given their reputation.

Maybe I should look at a Mazda 2 or 3.  I can't stretch to a WRX >.< and a Toyota 86 is too singular in it's use.

Date: 2016-05-26 01:57 am (UTC)
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Can you still get the Mazda Speed 3 Down Under?

The Frodo is a fine car when you read the specs, but the shaky quality reputation is not so reassuring. We have pretty beefy lemon laws here, which my former roommate used to get his $US back on a ... Ford ST :)

I'd get the uber alles warrantee for certain on the car if you go for it.


Date: 2016-05-26 11:30 am (UTC)
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Oh dear that doesn't sound good, was it for a Focus or Fiesta ST? I know their DCG gearboxes are a crapshoot, a bit like the DCGs in a lot of other cars. I don't think manufacturing technology is advanced enough yet to make reliable DCGs just yet a bit like Cadillac's ambitious but ill fated attempt on their 8-6-4 multi displacement engines.

Hmm seeing how customers have been treated here when their car has had issues, even under warranty, I'm really starting to think it's not worth the risk.

Unfortunately we don't get the Mazda Speed 3 here anymore (called the Mazda 3 MPS), the "hottest" thing I can get is a Mazda 3 SP25 GT. Though there are rumours of Mazda bringing it back, however by the sound of it it'll have awd to position it against the Golf GTi and Focus ST which pushes it to WRX money. And the Rexy is hard to beat :3
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