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Ford Fiesta

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  • alltorquealltorque Posts: 535
    I did hear one of the US Fiesta engineers say that they are keeping the "body impact" hood the same as the Euro Fiesta. I hope that doesn't mean it will dent real easy.

    I haven't yet seen a new Fiesta with a dented bonnet, (hood to you guys), so I guess the trick is not to go hitting things with the front of your car. Unless I'm missing something here, isn't that one of the Top 10 Do Nots of driving?; "Do not hit things with the front of the car". Ditto with the back, left side and right side. Do not hit things with the roof of the car is my personal No.1 as that is probably preceded by at least one of the other four.

    Sorry, being flippant. I don't think the front of the new Fiesta is going to buckle if you go over 60mph or a fly lands on it. However, I wouldn't stand on it if you weigh more than, er....................not very much, I guess. :)
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Hold on a sec,...let me write that down;(Do not hit things with the front of the car). OK. Got it. ;)

    Seriously though, my car sits out all the time and that means two or three or more hail storms every year. So I'm hoping the sheet metal is a decent gauge and that it can hold up. I suspect it's just the under structure of the hood that is designed to give more easily in the event of a pedestrian impact.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    ...starting this week. Cars won't start showing up until July if I understood correctly.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    I pulled the trigger yesterday and had my local Ford dealer place my order for a 2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback SE with auto/trans, candy red metallic paint upgrade ($180) sports appearance package (aluminum alloy wheels plus etc) power moon roof, rear floor mats,I opted NOT for the High Output radio with 6 speakers and Sync for the standard am/fm single c-d radio with 4 speakers and took the cash credit for $595 instead. The power moon roof was only $695, so talking the Sync credit, the power moon roof was only $100! Late delivery of vehicle Aug/Sept. due to moon roof but I`m willing to wait. Once you`ve had a car with a (hole in the roof) there is no going back.

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  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I should be ordering a Fiesta within a couple of weeks. I'm looking at a SE with Sport Appearance Package in Lime Squeeze and will take the cash instead of the Sync like you. Even though I currently have a sunroof, and my previous two cars also have had sunroofs, I actually don't like them.

    What color interior are you going with? I'm going for the Light Stone mainly because I like the look of the two-tone dash.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    Just curious why you guys aren't getting Sync?
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Only speaking for myself, at age 45, I'm not the target demographic for the Fiesta. I prefer talk radio and news while I'm driving and rarely listen to music in the car. Seems that Sync's main purpose is for music. I also don't use a cell phone while I'm in the car and that's it's other purpose.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    Those would be good reasons........
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Well, I don`t need a Nav/mp3/internet access/nor do I feel the need to tweet/chirp/facebook/youtube/or myspace while I`m driving. I only listen to NPR radio most of the time an once in a while throw in a favorite cd now and then. Im not into social networking, I`m into AARP! I`d wait for the new 2012 Escort but I like the B segment size better. Currently driving a 2006 Kia Rio5 hatchback an love it. Its 4 years old and got 53K and its time for a new vehicle. Like the style/mpg of the Fiesta and the only thing its missing is DRL...Daytime running lights which the dealer will activate for me on delivery. Its something they got to do with the Ford IDS computer and the SJB Smart Junction Box. Cars in Canada have them by law. Most vehicles both domestic and import have them in USA too but Ford and Chrysler refuse to spend the few extra pennies for US bound cars.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    I opted for the Candy Red Metallic ($180) extra and went with the SE Cloth interior in Light Stone/Charcoal. I too like the lighter interior with the 2-tone look. My Kia Rio5 has the all black interior and I`m tired of that plus it shows too much of my 2 Golden Retriever`s shedding dog hair!
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    I live in South Florida and although its too hot in the summer months to enjoy the glass moon roof, the car looks so much better IMO with the look of a Moon Roof plus the price is a steal! Fall, winter and spring, its nice to push the button and open it up. Like a make believe convertible without the rattles and leaks.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    Sync has NOTHING to do with tweets or facebook - not sure where you got that idea. It lets you listen to music from a mp3 player or a usb flash drive and it gives you bluetooth hands free access to your cell phone. It also gives you vehicle health reports and will call 911 for you in an accident.

    There are many things that you can do with Sync besides listen to mp3s. Not that there is anything wrong with not getting it if you don't want it.
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    Sync has NOTHING to do with tweets or facebook - not sure where you got that idea. It lets you listen to music from a mp3 player or a usb flash drive and it gives you bluetooth hands free access to your cell phone. It also gives you vehicle health reports and will call 911 for you in an accident.

    There are many things that you can do with Sync besides listen to mp3s. Not that there is anything wrong with not getting it if you don't want it.


    Until you want to replace it...I wouldn't buy a used F/L/M without SYNC. Knowing that an airbag deployment will call 911 and that I can keep my entire music library in my car with me at all times and access it with a voice command, that is too much to pass on.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    I guess its hard for some folks that aren`t old enough to remember The Door`s , The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, or the Vietnam War, but some of the rest of us aging Dinosaurs don`t know about and more importantly, don`t care about all that technology. Sync will voice activate and diagnose an engine malfunction. I assume the vehicle comes with a check engine light for the mechanic at the dealership to diagnose the malfunction. As for the 911 function...like ON Star? I usually carry my cell phone and hope I`ll be able to dial 911 for help. Anyone ever here the saying....Keep it Simple? Quess not if you were born after 1965. Handsfree chatting while driving is (still) a distraction. Unless your a doctor or funeral director getting an urgent call, talking while driving should not happen. And even with those professions, just pull over to a safe spot, park the damn car, and place or resume your call. The trouble with most people today blabbing loudly in public places with bad boorish behavior is that they are not old enough to remember when Phone Booths had (doors) and a persons phone conversation was supposed to be private, unfortunately...not anymore. I hope Ford doesn`t cancel my Fiesta order because I don`t fit the (hip) profile that this vehicle is actually targeted for....lol.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    But what if you're incapable of dialing 911 after the accident? That's where Sync does it for you and even announces your location if you can't speak. And it does it with YOUR phone.

    You can also use it to listen to audiobooks or podcasts (NPR has a lot of content out there). It's not just music.

    Maybe you'd be more comfortable in a nice Grand Marquis? (j/k) :blush:
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I think you might be worrying too much about things that statistically are likely to never occur during a typical lifespan.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    Who said I was worrying? It's a free feature that comes with Sync. I was just pointing out that there are scenarios where it's useful, however rare it might be. Of course if it happens to you then it doesn't matter how rare it is.
  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    You have to remember iamz, the current generation can't live without their cellphone and iPod. Taking away either will create major withdrawal symptoms!
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    It's not free. It's $595. If you opt out of the Sync upgrade, you get to keep $595.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I know, but I don't fault them for this. That's how they were brought up and that's how they live. We are all different and that makes life more interesting.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Great to see that there a few of us throw backs ( baby-boomer here) that still want to purchase a new 2011 Ford Fiesta without all the techno gadgits! A sharp looking smaller vehicle that gets good gas mileage without a 25K price tag for a hybrid. Good point about the Sync feature that dials 911 after a crash and air bag deployment but some us grew up despite all odds against us not having had padded dashboards, seat belts/shoulder belts,air bags,child seats, bicycle helmets, and we still reached retirement age. Wow, guess its good genes and being lucky or maybe a good dose of Common Sense which by the way is no longer (common).
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    It's not free. It's $595.

    I didn't say Sync was free. I said the 911 assist feature was free with Sync.

    I just wondered why Fiesta buyers would not want Sync and that was answered. No need to get defensive about it or start bashing the younger generation. I have a 15 yr old and a 21 yr old and while I don't share their enthusiasm for cell phones and ipods, I do use them occasionally and Sync makes it a lot easier to do that.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    akirby,

    I'm not sure how anything I said could be taken as "defensive" or "bashing". I'm way confused now. What did I defend against? And who did I bash? Help me understand what you are refering to? Or did you just read too much in to what I wrote?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    Sorry - the bashing comment was for phill1 and colloquor, not you.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    edited March 2010
    I`d wait for the new 2012 Escort but I like the B segment size better.

    I've never seen any Escort larger than the current Fiesta. Maybe that's why it's not called "Escort" anymore.

    It's bulky -- wider than the '06 Lexus LS430 but still cost a little less: :P
    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/247717/fords_new_rs_twins.html- - -

    "According to Kuzak, the new car will be a “global performance model” so will be sold both in Europe and the US for the first time."
    http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/249346/focus_st_gets_ready_to_- - - roar.html?CMP=NLC-Newsletters&uid=13175373d3a30b0aa330c8ea6a3df587

    What an interesting competitor for the 4-cyl Mazda3 2.5, which is still based on the Focus II. The 2012 Focus III ST 2.0 turbo is based on a shortened version of the Mondeo IV, which James Bond drove in Casino Royale.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    OK. Understood. I have no kids myself but I do have nieces and nephews and they always have there mp3 players with them and I can guarantee they would love Sync. And considering how much I used to listen to music (back in my teens and early twenties), I wouldn't have hesitated to get Sync if they had it back then.

    BTW, are you thinking about ordering a Fiesta?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    It's a possibility - either for me as a daily commuter or my daughter.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    If you get it, and let your daughter drive it, you'll never get it back. ;)
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,723
    So maybe plan B is better - get her a Fiesta and get me a 3 yr old Porsche Cayman S (Guard's Red of course)!
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Sorry I gave you and your kids a wedgie! I`d did`nt mean to offend any of you. My point along with those made by" iamz" was that some of us maturing "adults" without children or grandchildren living at home with us, don`t want and don`t have any need for Sync, other then the three (sinks) I already have in my Kitchen and Bathrooms! My point was, I`d rather take the $595 cash credit for the Sync on my new 2011 Ford Fiesta and opt for the Power Moon Roof which is only $695, and for the $100 difference,I personally would get a lot more enjoyment and use out of the (hole in the roof) then a Sync that I would never use! I not a bitter old man, still enjoy flying all over North America to see Rolling Stones Concerts and Neil Young! But, if that puts me into a group considered "bashers", so be it. I`m in and damn proud of it too!
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