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#690948 - 6th May 2012 9:09pm Good price for car ?
Headcoat_TheMrs Offline
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Registered: 2nd Jun 2011
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Bit of help please guys. Going to look at a car this week,

Ford Fiesta 1.3 Finesse T reg (1999) 62000 miles service History MOT Feb 2013 £795.

As I know very little about cars is this a good price? Is there anything I should be looking for?

Many thanks in advance

TheMrs

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#690968 - 6th May 2012 9:20pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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slightly overpriced
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#690987 - 6th May 2012 9:36pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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I wouldn't pay more than £700 if being honest.

My sister had a similar car and the engine seemed solid, rust was a factor, back wheel archers and sills were the main issues.

When you view car before you knock on door put hand on bonnet and see if it's warm as they may have warmed it if it has trouble starting. Also let the car run up to temprature and check thermostat kicks in to cool engine down correctly. Make sure you have a good 10-15 minute drive and listen for any strange noises (turn radio off).

Best of all use gut instinct and good luck.

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#690990 - 6th May 2012 9:37pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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Wouldn't bother looking at that price to be honest.

It will be a Mk4 Fiesta so if you do go and look at it remember these points...

Rear arches rust like mad, check for repairs.

Check for knocks on the front and rear suspension, both are cheap fixes for home mechanics but if you don't like fixing cars walk away as the labour will be high.

The 1.3 is an 8 valve engine an will be "tappety" these engines always sound that way, check for smoke and check the service History.

Look at the MOT and see if there were any advisories, if so there will of been a sheet stapled to it. If this is not with it then get the MOT number and chack online, I can rpovide a link if you need it.

If I were you though I would be goin for this....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2002-02-FORD-F...=item3375aa6f2b
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#691001 - 6th May 2012 9:56pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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Many thanks all for the advice

MrPhil I really like the look of that car thanks. I will be taking a day off work to go and veiw this if you really think its worth it. So again is there anything, as a novice I should be looking and listening for? I presume the price is about right?

TheMrs

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#691004 - 6th May 2012 10:06pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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Here are some more tips for the fezz bombs.....

1.25 fiestas should idle perfect and not smoke, if it does then walk away. Really not worth the bother.

Door handles like to snap, easy fix for £20

Rear boot locks also stick, open it with the button on the key and it should "pop" then you can lift it. If it doesn't then it will be another cost you might have to fix.

Headlight bulbs are another one, want to change them? If so head lights have to come off and grill. Pointless trying to put them in any other way as it is easy to fix.

Put the car in 4th, try and pull off. Stalls hen good if not walk away.

Does the car go into gear easy from 1st? If so thats good, if not then it will be another problem that will get worse over time plus result in a new slave cylinder and clutch.
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#691009 - 6th May 2012 10:16pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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I'd save your money and look for a tidy K11 Micra. £800 should get you a tidy example with power steering and low miles.

EDIT. Here's one on an 02 plate,

http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motor...aders/101791283


Edited by mark1970 (6th May 2012 10:17pm)

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#691119 - 7th May 2012 10:43am Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
Headcoat_TheMrs Offline
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Thanks again all

Really wanted a 4 door car so will leave the Micra but thanks for looking mark1970

Think I'm gonna arrange to have a look at that Fiesta tomorrow evening. ( many thanks again for the tips on what to look out for )

Might see if they will take £700 smile (too cheeky?)

Thanks again
TheMrs

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#691132 - 7th May 2012 11:49am Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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hi mate the fact it was, and is a mass produced small family car ,should go in your favour !!

if it was me and i liked the car i would offer £600 on the basis that you have another 20 or so to look at (nudge nudge)

am sure it may help sway things once the seller sees you have a wad of 600 notes waved under his nose at the time ,as at least he will then know you are a GENUINE BUYER.....


dont forget that its in your favour that there are plenty of fiesta,s within your budget on the market mate ..

hope the viewing goes well for you and post back if you make a deal mate smirk


and as said tinworm is an old fords enemy so check v carefully along the sills and also the arches too

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#691133 - 7th May 2012 11:51am Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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i know someone selling a 1.2 '51' plate clio, but dont have any details as they're on holiday this week
Originally Posted By: Headcoat_TheMrs
Bit of help please guys. Going to look at a car this week,

Ford Fiesta 1.3 Finesse T reg (1999) 62000 miles service History MOT Feb 2013 £795.

As I know very little about cars is this a good price? Is there anything I should be looking for?

Many thanks in advance

TheMrs


Edited by eggandchips (7th May 2012 11:52am)
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#691191 - 7th May 2012 4:22pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: mark1970]
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Registered: 7th Dec 2003
Posts: 5595
Loc: Bebington, Wirral
Originally Posted By: mark1970
I'd save your money and look for a tidy K11 Micra. £800 should get you a tidy example with power steering and low miles.

EDIT. Here's one on an 02 plate,

http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motor...aders/101791283


I was going to say avoid old Fords and go for a Micra. They never go wrong. The Fiesta's, Ka's and Focus's have a really crazy rust problem.
Also warming engine thing isn't a big issue on modern engines, it's an old throwback to carbs.

Originally Posted By: MrPhil
The 1.3 is an 8 valve engine an will be "tappety" these engines always sound that way, check for smoke and check the service history.


I think the 1.3 is the pushrod Kent engine, still in use from the 50's! Reliable/noisy.
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#691629 - 8th May 2012 8:47pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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Registered: 2nd Jun 2011
Posts: 492
Loc: Seacombe
Evening all

Went to look at the Fiesta that MrPhil found but didnt buy it frown

Took it for a quick drive round the block and the steering just didnt feel right. It felt kind of heavy and wasnt comfy to drive. also the exhaust didnt sound right. at least I presume it was the exhaust, it was making a weird kinda noise, not blowing or rattling...more of like a hum? also was a little smokey when idle. Could have just been cold I guess ?

Anyway as I said it didnt really feel right so I walked away.

Many many thanks for the advice.

Still on the look out for a small 4 door car if anyone knows of any that might be worth a look.

Thanks again

TheMrs

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#691632 - 8th May 2012 9:05pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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DO NOT buy a ka, they are crap, don't buy a 3 cylinder corsa either, they are worse and before all the defenders butt in...

shh

You don't know your onions from your carrots.

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#691635 - 8th May 2012 9:09pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
Headcoat_TheMrs Offline
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Registered: 2nd Jun 2011
Posts: 492
Loc: Seacombe
Dont like the look of the Ka anyway smile but ty

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#691661 - 8th May 2012 10:14pm Re: Good price for car ? [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs]
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Registered: 17th Jan 2010
Posts: 872
Loc: Here
You done the right thing, GUT INSTINCT is normally right.

Hope you find what your are after, dont buy one if patience wears down, make sure it feel's right.

Chris Gilly on here sometimes has little cars or knows of some about.

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