First new car was an '85 Tempo 2 door, five speed, next '95 Neon 4 door 5 speed, then '04 Toyota Matrix 5 speed, and Fiesta will be the 4th. The Tempo was the nicest, Neon the fastest, Matrix the most expesive for repairs.
- 1988 Ford Festiva -stick (believe it or not, I liked the car & it went over 250,000 miles without a repair)
- 1995 Neon 5spd - initially liked but started falling apart after 3 years
- 2003 Mini Cooper - sweet, but servicing was a pain (70 miles away). Sold it for almost what I paid for it.
- 2005 Acura TL - Nice interstate cruiser
The Fiesta will be my first new car, although I still gotta go through with buying it. I have gone up to buy new cars before, but have always decided just before buying that the financing and the depreciation was not worth it. In my case back then with unestabished credit, financing a $24k car woulda cost me @$28k, then in very short time it depreciates tremendously to probably half of what you paid if you're lucky, so my $24k car that cost me $28k would only be worth $12k by the time I am done paying, not to mention high insurance rate for a new car. I decided I wasn't ready. Now I can pretty much pay cash and the price is low enough for what you get that I think it's actually worth my money.
The Fiesta will be my first brand new car. My first car in high school was a hand-me-down Grand Am. When I was in college, I looked into buying a new Honda, thinking that I could just get the base model. However, at that time, they only offered ABS on the EX models. I didn't care about the six-disc cd changer or power moonroof that were also included but living in Michigan, ABS was a must, so I ended up with a used Accord EX.
I think that's the main reason I refuse to buy Hondas now. The more I think about it, the more it annoys me that they make you pay extra for safety features.
I bought my first new car in 2006 when I bought a Wrangler. But one year before that I bought my wife-to-be a 99 Saturn SL2 with 65,000 miles. We maintained the car meticulously and just gave the car to a cousin with 99,000 miles on it. We just placed an order for a Fiesta SEL sedan Bright Magenta Metallic and, thanks to Jazzdog, we know we can expect the car in Jersey July 19.
This will be my first new car that will be all mine. I currently drive a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim. My parents bought it brand new off the lot. I seriously can not wait for my Lime Squeeze Fiesta Hatch. I am practically stalking my Ford dealership's facebook. I leave comments on every posting they have regarding the Fiesta.
1st - 2002 Ford Focus Zx5 in Yellow
2nd - 2004 Ford Ranger FX4 in Green
3rd - 2007 Mercury Milan in Silver Birch (Current Car)
4th - 2011 Ford Fiesta SES Hatch in Lime Squeeze (Awaiting shipment)
Like Arwen17 above, I leave comments on the Facebook page, and I can say that they listen and follow up on the comments we leave. My dealer was called by Ford to ask when the delivery was due which made me feel better. My Lease on my Milan ends on July 16th so I am cutting it real close and cannot wait to get my car!!
The Escort was a good car, the only trouble being a cracked distributor cap that collected moisture and sometimes prevented the car from starting, but it also had no air conditioning. Two sweltering summers was all it took for me to move on.
1980 Honda Civic Hatchback (new)
1985 Honda Civic Hatchback (new) I learned to drive a manual on this one. The salesman taught me in the dealership parking lot.
1993 Ford Explorer (used)
2003 Saturn VUE (used)
2011 Fiesta SE hatchback
So you should be able to give us a good comparison review of both the Mini and the Fiesta.
And to join the party, here's my list (eventhough I currently don't own a Fiesta):
198x Daihatsu Cuore (mk1), very used. 2 cylinder 617cc! 'Bumper car' ...
1988 Ford Fiesta 1.1 CL (mk2), used
1988 Ford Fiesta convertible. Okay, it's still the same car, but after a year I had the roof chopped off! I owned my Fiesta 'Cabrio' for 3 more years.
1995 Fiat barchetta roadster, nearly new--dealer demo. After 15 years, it's still my daily driver.
1974 AMC Gremlin ( Used and rolled 30 days after buying it )
1974 AMC Gremlin ( Used and rebuilt with good parts from car above )
1981 Ford F150 (Used)
1985 Toyota Pickup ( New )
1988 Dodge Dakota (New and biggest POS I have ever owned for 11 months)
1977 Datsun KingCab ( Used and was hell of a lot better than vehicle above )
1992 Ford Ranger SuperCab ( New and I still own with 242,000 miles on it )
1995 Mercury Grand Marquis ( Used for Wife )
2005 Mercury Montego ( New for Wife )
2008 Ford Focus SES ( New for Wife )
2006 Ford Focus ZX3 ( Used for Stepson )
1989 Ford Festiva ( Used Project Car )
1991 Ford Festiva ( Used Parts Car for the Project Car )
1999 Mercury Grand Marquis ( Used and current driver because it has auto for commute to work )
2011 Ford Fiesta SES ( New whenever it shows up )