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In anticipation of getting my job offer soon (references cleared, hurray), I'm eyeing up a few cars.

 

One is a 1998 Ford Fiesta 1.3 (automatic) - only because it is one of the cheaper ones insurance wise.

 

I drove a friends car some time ago - I think it was a fiesta - and he mentioned something about the accelerator pedal that is particular to Ford automatics.

 

Basically, there's a bit of a floppyness to them. When you press on the accelerator, it does not start the car moving straight away - you need to press down further. Does that make sense?

 

When I was driving it I found it really annoying because you put your foot down thinking you will move off but dont.

 

Does anyone know of the problem and whether it still exists?


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Will ask my hubby who is a mechanic and a petrolhead when he comes home from work.

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Hi

 

sorry its taken so long to give you an answer, my hubby phoned his mate who works for a Ford Dealership, and as far as he is away it is STILL a problem in automatic Fiesta's.

 

Sorry. If you want any more advise just gimme a PM and i'll bend my OH ear!!

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Thanks for that - it's all I needed to know.

 

It was a choice between the Fiesta, a Vauxhall and a Seat. The only reason I was looking at the Fiesta is that it was the cheapest to insure, but only by £50 or so.

 

And I do prefer vauxhalls anyway. My first drive was in a 1991 Senator - cruise control (eek!), leather seats, climate control, digital style readouts - everything. I've seen one, but the insurance is, well, extortionate (4,500 tpf&t was the cheapest).

 

Think I'll stick to the 1 litre corsas!


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extortionate (4,500 tpf&t was the cheapest).

 

 

Jesus - are you only 17 gyzmo? My 3ltr V6 Sterling only costs me £240 full comp with Norwich Union.

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No - I'm in my 30s but only passed my test a few months ago as I've never had the need to drive beforehand. It's also comp with high annual mileage and business use. Best I've got so far is just over £900 with some Islamic insurer - £400 cheaper than the next best one so I'm checking their policies and fees out in detail (and no, I'm not converting to Islam).

 

My most expensive quote so far has been over 6 grand. I have quoted higher myself in the past when working for Abbey National - quotes for Northern Ireland residents regularly exceeded £10,000.


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I drove a friends car some time ago - I think it was a fiesta - and he mentioned something about the accelerator pedal that is particular to Ford automatics.

 

Basically, there's a bit of a floppyness to them. When you press on the accelerator, it does not start the car moving straight away - you need to press down further. Does that make sense?

 

When I was driving it I found it really annoying because you put your foot down thinking you will move off but dont.

 

Does anyone know of the problem and whether it still exists?

 

I don't think it is unique to Ford. The Fiesta has, to the best of my knowledge, a CVT transmission - the same as the old DAFs and Volvo 400 series - it doesn't work in the same way as a 'normal' automatic in that when you press the accelerator, the engine revs increase and the transmission catches up as the steel drive belts move on the pulleys.

 

It's not a fault per se, but a design characteristic. The reason that CVT is used, is that it is lighter and cheaper than a full auto and has less effect on mpg

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Cheers PAT - CVT was what I was trying to remember. I know it's not a fault and shouldnt have described it as that - just a design quirk that I don't care to have. Not keen on volvos anyway so I should be able to avoid it.


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My first car was a Corsa 1.4 GSi and I loved it. It was so easy to drive and very rarely went wrong.

 

I have a VW golf 1.9tdi now, but still miss my wee corsa.

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A trick to get a cheaper quote is to put another person on the policy with you, spouse, friend, dad etc. who have a good record as it to the insurance company it spreads the risk even if they never drive the car.

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Gyzmo, have you tried Moneysupermarket? Always found them to be pretty good, miles cheaper then confused.com

 

Yorky.

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If you after a small car with big performance, hows about one of these derivitives of the Smart Car:

 

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Smorche

 

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Smorvette

 

Or if it's a road car, hows about:

 

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Smaudi A3

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Tried a few insurers and comparison and this Halal one always comes up cheapest and the most appropriate cover. I'm just checking there are no hidden fees - I know they don't charge interest etc so I'm getting my head around all of that.


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I love the 'smorvette'

 

Imagine singing away to the Prince song little red smorvette!!!

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