Fair, though I think the shortcomings are inherent to the era and less so to that specific model. I wouldn’t want to own most American cars between 1979 and 2009 because they went to shit with the gas crises and EPA crackdown. Us Yanks for a long time considered anything with less than 6 cylinders to be a crime against nature and by god if it did have six cylinders, they had better damn well have been in a straight line with no less than 4.0 L of displacement. We just couldn’t get our heads around small cars.
In fact we still can’t. Here’s one for the list of “Bad” cars:
“Now hold on just a quick second! YOU’RE INSULTING A 6TH GEN FIESTA!? How… HOW DARE YOU!”
Yes I know. I know the Fiesta ST is a thing and its the automotive journalists’ baby right now (or it was anyway). But there’s more to this story.
6th Gen Fiestas were sold with Ford’s PowerShift sequential / manumatic transmission. Only problem is, it sucks! Its prone rough operation and eventual failure due to software issues and faulty bearing and clutch packs, sometimes at intervals as short as 6,000 miles. This and the recall on the 1.6L Ecoboost engine due to fires and poor cooling on top of a less than stellar reliability record elsewhere earned the 6th Gen Fiesta a high rank on ConsumerReports’ list of vehicles to avoid in 2016.
Now a properly engined and optioned Fiesta with a true manual transmission will probably serve its owner well for years to come but you can’t pick and choose which trims and options your going to consider when you have to judge the car as a whole, particularly because options and trim levels cost money. Buyers shouldn’t have to pay more and know better ahead of time to avoid getting a lemon.