Ford fiesta xr4 review




Ford fiesta xr4 review

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  • I have owned this XR4 for about five or six years now, so I thought I would do a long-term owner's review. You can read my original review here.

    I've owned this XR4 for three or four years now. My previous car being a vs v8 manual commodore I wanted to down size to something more.

    Ford Fiesta XR4 review. OWNER RATING 8 / Incredible handling, on par with cars many times as expensive; Duratec reliability; Easy.

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    All this on lowered suspension and custom dampers among other things. Like the Honda Civic Type R it provides a more involving drive because you really need to work the engine hard to extract optimum performance. So in city driving the stability control stays off and I feel safer that way. In Australia Ford is universally known for it's large cars.

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Ford Fiesta XR4 Used car review

    You can read my original review here. I originally bought the car as I wanted something a bit more economical and modern than my 5. I needed to do a lot of long commutes but still wanted a fun car. The XR4 had always caught my eye since I first saw one bearing its stripes in I have owned quite a few interesting cars in the past, and always regret selling them.

    I thought I would regret selling the XR4, as it has always been a fun car to own, so a couple of years ago I decided to keep it for as long as I can. I drove the car in standard form for three or so years, then decided to modify it. So I put on some Mountune and Milltek parts and had the car tuned. I also added a poly gearbox mount to address an ongoing problem with hot Fiestas. The car vibrates and shakes a bit more, but if you have ever driven a V8 or older car, it feels more like a car should.

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Performance-wise, the car would now perform similarly to a Mk7 Fiesta ST A few years back, the fuel pump got very loud to the point pedestrians would stare quizzically at the car. While it never ceased to function, I did replace the fuel pump which involves removing the tank.

    This year the car is 10 years old, and the coolant block housing was fairly corroded, so that was changed out to a redesigned unit costing a few hundred dollars. We have all heard about the Powershift woes in Fiestas and the Focus, but sadly the XR4 suffers a similar fate and is its biggest flaw. Either the bearing fails or the diff itself lets go and the poor XR4 ends up with a giant hole in the bellhousing and its gears on the road. Being a gearbox unique to the car, they have always demanded thousands.

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

    Earlier this year, I noticed my gearbox was leaking oil, and given the problems it seemed a risk not to fix it. The gearbox had to come out.

    So I decided at this point I was going to keep the car and fix this issue. The gearbox was taken out and had high-quality Timken and Koyo diff bearings put in and a forged Mfactory limited-slip diff capable of handling a ridiculous hp, the oil leak was fixed, and a new thrust bearing installed for good measure. I would never buy a FWD again that did not have a limited slip. It really does a lot to fix the dangerous stability control in the XR4 the engine power gets cut often when pulling into traffic with the open diff.

    This year my XR4 won its first trophy at a large show, and I take a lot of pride in how the car looks day to day. I look forward to continuing to enjoy the car, which is now at 99,km. It would make a great track or motorsport toy. Handling — this is the car that out-corners great-handling cars; Sound — a sports exhaust and it pops and crackles, making every grocery trip feel like a rally stage; Duratec reliability — this engine is found in Caterhams and other motorsport vehicles; No electric steering — all the feel all the time; Factory stripes — your own mini Cobra.

    Ford fiesta xr4 review

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