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Old 04-28-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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ZX3 to '14 Fiesta

I'm thinkin about tradin the old lady in and was going to get another Focus but with the price of gas maybe the Fiesta is a better choice. What I would like to know is if there's anyone out there that has come from a MK1 ZX3 to a Fiesta, did you find the inside cabin space about the same, smaller or even larger. I have the numbers for comparison but sometimes numbers don't tell the whole picture. I use it mostly as a DD so I don't have passengers very often. On occasion one passenger and rarely two. Any info would be helpful. Z


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Old 04-28-2014, 11:31 PM   #2
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I've only ever driven one briefly as a rental.
definately narrower.
bout the same weight as your zx3 but short 20hp, so it feels quite a bit slower.

honestly i'd pass on a regular fiesta, but an ST...... thats would i would get.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:35 AM   #3
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That's exactly what I'd go for. It's hard to conceptualize the numbers. I think I'd have to literally park beside one and swap back and forth to get a good feel. Looks like a trip to the dealer.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:37 AM   #4
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Price out the car insurance on the Fiesta compared to a new Focus. I was quoted a lot more for the Fiesta. And the Focus comes pretty darn close to the Fiesta MPG. Considering the Focus is bigger and equipped with the awesome 2.0L, I'd choose the Focus with the M/T everyday.
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:06 PM   #5
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #6
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The one I test drove felt cheap. Flimsy plastic everywhere ... just like every-other car on the road though.
I didn't like the orange radio color, and only orange. Just felt to reminiscent of the Mazda's of the 80's.

Drove nice and seemed basically comfortable though. I just didn't feel it was worth the sticker price vs what I got with my Focus.
But I know prices on all cars have gone up since then. But it looks like quality has gone down equally.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:55 AM   #7
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I went to the Ford dealership 2 years ago to look at a Fiesta. I drove it. It felt cramped and slow. I didn't fit in the seat. I was kind of on top of it and I'm not a huge guy (5'11" 210 lbs).

I ended up getting a Focus and couldn't be happier with it.
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I own a 03 sedan, and I tried to test drive a fiesta last year. It was so cramped I never bothered to start the car. I am not a small dude (6'2, 230), but the interior felt much smaller than my 03. I could not shift without my knee hitting the steering wheel, and it was far too narrow to sit comfortably.

Best thing to do is drive one. (Or at least attempt to). Only then will you know if it works for you.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:31 AM   #9
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I like the Focus in part it feels like a more substantial car and really the MPGs aren't much different. I'm getting 26-29mpg with nearly all city driving and a 2.5 mile round trip commute. I prefer a little more distance from the metal around me in case of an accident and just not into subcompacts.
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The 14 Fiesta with SFE 1.0 ecoboost should offer comparable performance to your ZX3.
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