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Gas Man
09-19-2010, 03:02 AM
So with the wife's Lincoln MKZ lease ending this summer, in April we pre-ordered her a 2011 Fiesta. We watched it on Top Gear in 2008 when they did a review on the Euro version in 2008. We loved it then and thought... "once again the euro's get all the cool stuff."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zy78tFPQwQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYIyCmcuQno

Now granted there are some differences but still all very the same.
So we picked it up Monday. Wifey luvs it. I'm thinking... it's good.

Thursday I drove it so that I could get the windows tinted. Grab a few pics before I shove off in the morning... sorry about the rain...

Now this is the hatch SES with 301 package (pre-tint) and the body kit & spoiler, which is great
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Nice dry shot and even after some rain driving
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES016.jpg

I found a few very distinct first impressions...

The completely keyless system a breathe of fresh air. A lift of the restraints of keys that we have all become a custom to. The simple button push and pull works great. I push the start and the motor fires quietly to a purr. It is a very quiet motor that gives very little vibration.

It has things that you wouldn't see in this segment of cars. Ambient lighting... and lots of it. Plus it does like 10 colors!!

Cup holders <thumbnails enlarge if clicked>
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dash
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/th_FiestaSES022.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/?action=view&current=FiestaSES022.jpg)http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/th_FiestaSES023.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/?action=view&current=FiestaSES023.jpg)

front floors are done with this little LED
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/th_FiestaSES025.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/?action=view&current=FiestaSES025.jpg)

rear floors
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/th_FiestaSES029.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/?action=view&current=FiestaSES029.jpg) http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/th_FiestaSES028.jpg (http://s99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/?action=view&current=FiestaSES028.jpg)

Interior shot, that didn't turn out so well.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES070.jpg

She also has the metalic assc that gave her a different shift knob and these metal entry kick panels
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES026.jpg

The interior in general is great. The seats are comfortable, supportive and conforming. The radio/sync is somewhat straight forward regardless of the amount of buttons. The hardest part is getting use to the sync. I have yet to even tap into Ford's 3rd and best version out to date.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES027.jpg

However, the shift is almost truck long in its throw. This is not a wrist action shifter by any means. I can only hope that the aftermarket companies will make a short throw shifter.

The sloped rear roofline does effect the long distance sight out the rear view mirror, but I think with a good final adjustment to the seat I can work around that. The side mirrors with built in convex mirrors and side blinkers are nice. Double safety in my honest opinion as a motorcycle rider. I have convex mirrors on every car/truck/suv I drive. That along with proper mirror adjustment will cut down on accidents.

Gas Man
09-19-2010, 03:03 AM
The rear reflectors need to be blacked out bad, they stick out like a sore thumb on the dark color, like 2 big red blobs. The front door windows are huge and give you a fish tank feel, but easily fixed with some window tint. The less bright color shows off the body lines better. Now coupled with some tinted windows (limo windshield strip, 20% rear/35% fronts) you can concentrate on those agressive body lines.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES030.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES036.jpg
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She's got a wide ass to boot
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES038a.jpg

The lines are just so nice, edgy, and modern looking
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES034.jpg
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After driving it for 2 days I'm impressed. It's no sports car or anything, but it had no problems whizzin down the eway the other night chasing my bud in his new 300, doing speeds over 100mph.

I couldn't help but to admire the car everytime I stopped during my work day.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES044.jpg
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Then when I got home I was again admiring the front LED accent lights. Something that you usually only see on high $30k ++ cars.
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Gives it a great look at night. And I already have 2 HID kits on order as well.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES064.jpg

Low beams
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES065.jpg

High beams
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES066.jpg

The suspension has achieved the impossible. It's tight, sensative, and gives great feedback from the road. With that recipe you would think it would be rough and that the bumps would push or knock you and the car around. Well, you would be wrong. I said they achieved something that most only dream of obtaining. It has a sport tightness that you wouldn't expect from a car of this class, yet it sucks up these crappy Michigan roads with ease. Ford has done it, hats off.

We're both really happy with it. The car's sticker was $19,245, add on the $1800 for the body kit & spoiler (parts, prep, paint, install), minus family discount and competitor cash ($1k), plus tax... $20k flat OTD.

I simply don't know of other cars that give you so much bang for your buck. Plus it has its competitors whipped in the looks department. It's edgy and gets lots of positive attention every where you take it. Even when I stopped by the Chevy dealer, the sales team nearby were on it in a flash checking it out. Ford raised the bar big time.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES049.jpg
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Bob
09-19-2010, 08:16 AM
Nice cars for sure. A buddy of mine is planning on getting one soon I think.

meinschaft
09-20-2010, 07:08 AM
Gas - Very nice car. It will probably be what replaces the wife's SVT Focus.

Now check this out. 2011 Fiesta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TshFWSsrn8

Mudpuppy
09-20-2010, 09:57 AM
so i assume from the text (your write up) that this is a manual? 5 speed or 6 speed?

is the engine 4 cylinder? is there a turbo or ecoboost option and did you get either?

Gas Man
09-21-2010, 06:01 AM
Nice cars for sure. A buddy of mine is planning on getting one soon I think.

He'll like it for sure.


Gas - Very nice car. It will probably be what replaces the wife's SVT Focus.

Now check this out. 2011 Fiesta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TshFWSsrn8

Can't see at work, is that Kenny?


so i assume from the text (your write up) that this is a manual? 5 speed or 6 speed?

is the engine 4 cylinder? is there a turbo or ecoboost option and did you get either?

I-4, 5 speed manual. No turbo/ecoboost option available. I wish!

Mudpuppy
09-21-2010, 10:11 AM
still not bad and awesome that you got the manual.. automatics are boring..

Rider
09-21-2010, 11:45 AM
So apparently there is going to be no aftermarket radio option for that thing? And what is the MPG of that thing?

RedneckMedic
09-21-2010, 06:45 PM
So apparently there is going to be no aftermarket radio option for that thing? And what is the MPG of that thing?

ya thats the thing i was looking at one of the newer cars and as of right now i dont think they make aftermarkets that replace the whole dash. i dont like that at all but maybe eventually they will have something.

Mudpuppy
09-22-2010, 10:14 AM
but with the newer cars the radios are better and really eliminate the need for aftermarket for the most part.. not like the old days with the horrible radios and speakers.. the radio in my 09 fusion is actually pretty decent stock..

Gas Man
09-22-2010, 01:44 PM
still not bad and awesome that you got the manual.. automatics are boring..

Oh yeah, I just hope neither her or I break a leg... both our cars are sticks. We were both sick of autos.


So apparently there is going to be no aftermarket radio option for that thing? And what is the MPG of that thing?

No aftermarket that is for sure. But like mud said... no need.

I'll have to ask her what type of mpg she's getting... in the 70% city/30% highway I think around 33 or so.


ya thats the thing i was looking at one of the newer cars and as of right now i dont think they make aftermarkets that replace the whole dash. i dont like that at all but maybe eventually they will have something.

Exactly. But as mud said...


but with the newer cars the radios are better and really eliminate the need for aftermarket for the most part.. not like the old days with the horrible radios and speakers.. the radio in my 09 fusion is actually pretty decent stock..

Both of my cars stock radio's are amped systems. My HHR SS even has a small sub. Hell my neighbors 300 has a 10" kicker in the trunk. They are now LOADS LOADS LOADS better. Even the lower end stocks aren't bad, but I always make sure my cars have their upgraded systems so I stay happy and don't have to F with it.

RedneckMedic
09-22-2010, 04:46 PM
Oh yeah, I just hope neither her or I break a leg... both our cars are sticks. We were both sick of autos.

thats why i love my girls '10 malibu because it has the paddle shifters on the wheels so i have a choice of how i want to drive manual or auto.

Rider
09-23-2010, 08:29 AM
but with the newer cars the radios are better and really eliminate the need for aftermarket for the most part.. not like the old days with the horrible radios and speakers.. the radio in my 09 fusion is actually pretty decent stock..

OEM radios are pretty good now but eventually, like all electronics, they wear out. OEM radios are very expensive to replace for what you get. I'm in the position now with my Maxima. Fortunately, a double DIN unit will pop right in without the need for a dash kit.

It's just something I notice about some car builders. They are't thinking ahead when it comes to replacement time for some components.

T Mack
09-24-2010, 01:49 AM
:D

Ford Baby!!!!!!!!!!!

Gas Man
09-24-2010, 12:20 PM
What up T!

Mudpuppy
10-04-2010, 11:41 AM
God damnit Chris! The wife is going to be pissed when she sees this video you made:

http://www.wimp.com/impressivedriving/

Gas Man
10-04-2010, 06:20 PM
God damnit Chris! The wife is going to be pissed when she sees this video you made:

http://www.wimp.com/impressivedriving/
God dammit I can't see that site either at work...

Gas Man
10-04-2010, 06:23 PM
God dammit I can't see that site either at work...
Back on the subject of the Fiesta. Got some work done on it yesterday...

1st up... VHT nite shades tint on the rear reflectors. I called this before we even had the car.

STOCK
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/FiestaSES038a.jpg

Smoked out
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/Mods/HID039a.jpg

I also hard wired in her GPS and radar detector.

Then went to work and installed the discussed HIDs.

You have to pull the entire lamp housing to do anything with the headlight or tail lights. They even tell you to in the owners manual.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/HID/HID016.jpg
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HID bulbs installed
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/HID/HID032.jpg
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Ballasts
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/HID/HID033.jpg

I have never been able to get good pics of HIDs
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http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Vechicles/Fiesta/HID/HID049.jpg

But I still try....

Ordered LED bulbs for all the white lights on the car. Interior lights, plate and reverse lights. Cause between the front accent lights and the HIDs, the other white stuff looks so yellow. Get those installed this week hopefully.

Drove to work last night... WOW It always amazes me how awesome the HIDs really are. No matter what application I install them on.

Mudpuppy
10-05-2010, 11:47 AM
Then view it at home god damnit - 650hp 2011 ford fiesta with a guy that knows how to drive = sweet video..

and stop quoting yourself..

Gas Man
10-05-2010, 05:56 PM
Then view it at home god damnit - 650hp 2011 ford fiesta with a guy that knows how to drive = sweet video..

and stop quoting yourself..
Oh yeah that video went viral last week. Awesome!!!

Mudpuppy
10-06-2010, 11:41 AM
the whole thing lost its luster because you drug it out and talked about wah wah can't view it at work - GET A NEW FUCKING JOB DICKHEAD.. god damnit.. It was very funny and then just tapered way off into inane ho hum status.. way to go fun governor..

Gas Man
10-06-2010, 08:56 PM
LOL If you find me a job that pays as good as this but will have me work less... then so be it and bring it on! Otherwise, youtube, facecock, myass, and a few others that I can't view... Oh f'in well!

Mudpuppy
10-07-2010, 11:14 AM
i am working on it.. when i win the lottery you will be my bitch.. just like in prison, remember?

Gas Man
10-07-2010, 10:27 PM
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