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I bought my new Fiesta because, on paper, it was exactly the new car
I was looking for. (A small, economical car that has great styling and
got good reviews.)
Still, after reading some of the reviews (even the most favorable ones)
I had a few apprehensions.
Some reviews said the shift throws (in the 5spd. manual)
were too long and that the shifting was "ropey".
Others said that the gears were oddly spaced (again 5spd.) and that
Ford really should have equiped it with a 6spd.
Still others said that there was poor visibility out of the rear window of
the Hatch.
Finally many reviews said the car was seriously underpowered. So
underpowered, in fact, that it was a challenge to merge onto a freeway or
try to pass another vehicle.

Happily, after driving my car for a week now, I can tell you that I
disagree with almost all of these complaints and am very pleased with
how my car performs!

After reading the above reviews, I expected my car to have the shift
throw of a UPS truck and thought I would be spending alot of my time
hunting for where the next gear was.
Instead, I find the shift thows to be plenty short (shorter than my last car)
and the shifting to be very precise.
The spacing of the gears is exactly where I expected them to be in a car
that was designed for economy. (I think some of the reviewers failed to
take into account what the car they were driving was designed for.)
At 72mph on the expressway, my car revs at exactly 3000 RPM.
It has a confident and pleasant hum, and I have not found myself wishing
I had a 6th gear to shift into.
As far as visibility is concerned I have driven many cars with worse visibility
and (with the aid of the, awesome, integrated blind-spot mirrors) I don't
have a problem seeing out of this vehicle.
It would be nice if the vehicle had a little more power but, for the economy
it promises, I really don't think it is reasonable to ask for more than this car
delivers.
Though I have not really tryed to pass many vehicles on the expressway,
(still trying to break it in), I have had no problems merging into traffic on
the expressway.

Bottom line:
I am very happy with the performance of my new Fiesta!!
I think those of you who are still waiting for your cars, (at least those
of you who ordered the 5spd) will be very happy when you finally get to drive
your cars too.
 

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I am very happy with the performance of my new Fiesta!!
I think those of you who are still waiting for your cars, (at least those
of you who ordered the 5spd) will be very happy when you finally get to drive
your cars too.
So glad to hear that! Speaking of visibility what do you think of the rear head rests? Since I hardly ever carry passengers I'm thinking of just storing them in the closet if they get in the way of visibility. What do you think, are they noticeable?
 

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the rear head restraints do block some of the visibility through the hatch. I didn't really notice until I was driving with the rear seatbacks folded and could see more in the interior mirror.
 

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I agree completely! The reviews had me worried but boy they were wrong. I was hoping the fiesta would be a combination of my old fit and my old MINI. And so far I'm not dissapointed. It has that fun to drive feeling of the MINI (although not quite there with the handling) and it has most of the practicality of the FIT. The engine is very smooth and refined. I think that unless you need to merge to 90 MPH for the highway ramps, the power is just fine. I also just can't get over how smooth the shifts are, it may not be as notchy as the other shifters I've driven, but is sure is an easy clutch to get used to. For visibility, I think the Hatchback is great, I don't think visibility is hampered at all. It's not as good as a Wrangler, but it's better than most sedans would be.
 

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I'm not an owner yet, but I noticed that rear visibility is a concern when I test-drove the hatchback. It's a much smaller rear window than a sedan would offer, but the car is also smaller, and the rear end ends where the window IS, so its not like you're going to smack your trunk into a fence post or anything. The side view mirrors help with seeing what's behind you as well.

I don't think ought to be a deal-breaker for anyone, unless you drive to work backwards. But it will be something you always have to factor in when you park and back out of spaces.
 

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where are y'all finding these cars?

They aren't selling them in Texas - at least not where I am. Are these the advance group of fiestas sent out by Ford to advertise the car, or did you really buy them? When are they going on the market in North Texas??
 

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You can come see it anytime!

They aren't selling them in Texas - at least not where I am. Are these the advance group of fiestas sent out by Ford to advertise the car, or did you really buy them? When are they going on the market in North Texas??
I drive mine every day from my Downtown Dallas home to Coppell, Texas everyday...you can come and see it if ya want! It really does exist! Sam Pack Ford, North Richland Hills....just ordered it a LONG time ago! Drove it over thur Kaufman, Forney, Kemp and Terrell to Athens today, and then up TX 19 to Canton and back to Dallas today!

PM me if you wanna know where you can see it!
 

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In my experiences owning a station wagon and an SUV the back hatch visibility has always been poor, there's no getting around it, the widow is at a steep incline of an angle which makes it hard to see. The only pro I do like to having a hatchback is that its ten times easier for me to parallel park them because I know pretty much where the back window ends so does the car.
 

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Special and Pre Orders seem to be delivering first.

They aren't selling them in Texas - at least not where I am. Are these the advance group of fiestas sent out by Ford to advertise the car, or did you really buy them? When are they going on the market in North Texas??
Most likely the dealers will not recieve the cars allocated to them until all the special order/pre orders are delivered first.
 

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I was concerned about merging on the freeway so I was glad to read this.
I merged on the highway on my test drive just fine, and that was a concern of mine as well. And then I looked at the speedometer when I was safely in a cruising lane and realized I was going 75. With my mom and the dealer in the car with me. I was sold right then.
 
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