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View Poll Results: Fiesta or Siesta (sorry)
Sub Zero 1 3.85%
Cool 15 57.69%
Uncool 4 15.38%
Seriosuly uncool 2 7.69%
meh 4 15.38%
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One of those little cars that they got right straight away, the Fiesta marked a new direction for Ford (almost 40 years ago). This is one of those weird moments when I realise how old I am. I remember seeing the adverts in the papers in 1976. That's like my dad, in 1989, recalling something that happened in 1949. That's ridiculous! It's like Back to the Future, or something.

Anyway, the Fiesta came out with the 950 and 1100cc Valencia lumps, and in basic, Popular, L, Ghia and S trim levels.

The XR2 arrived in 1981, featuring the Kent Crossflow 1.6, giving 84bhp and some black plaggy trim, round headlights and relocated indicators. It could get to 60 in something between 9 and 10 seconds and top a ton with ease.

Pretty car.
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Tidy back end too.
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A classic . And all because they tried to launch the Fiesta in the US and they didn't understand . That left some 1.6 engines to use up on Fiestas for Europe .
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A car back from the days when, if the car was cheap, it had to remind you so every time you looked at it, got in or out, or drove it. Ford and Vauxhall were particular experts in this.
Ford seemed to recognise they could still treat purchasers of budget cars like people around the time of the Focus. Vauxhall possibly only came round to the idea a couple of years ago.

Nasty in its time. Perhaps with nostalgia tinted glasses then a well sorted and cared for example nowadays looks cool. But it's almost in spite of the original car than because of it.

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I cannot say cool. Having been up against one in an original Mini Cooper, they were fairly easy to out drive. That said, when my mate modified his and dropped a 2.1 Zetec into it AND strapped a huge turbo to it, it instantly became an undriveable deathtrap

Plus it looked ****
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Coolish now, but I can't remember whether they were cool back in the day.

I would guess not.

At least that version didn't get the rough as a badgers a**e CVH engine.
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Coolish now, but I can't remember whether they were cool back in the day.

I would guess not.

At least that version didn't get the rough as a badgers a**e CVH engine.
Oi I had a Sierra with a 1.8 CVH engine, absolutely cracking car!!! ... although Mrs Chris's 4x4 handles better than it did!!!
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I think the 1.8 Sierras had hydraulic engine mounts to disguise the engines roughness..

I must admit I must admit I nearly bought one back in 1997, it would have been my second car.

They were not bad, but I went for a 216sli Rover in the end which was much faster.
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it's an interesting piece of 80's automotive pop culture and I can't deny I love its looks and the hot hatch period it represents.

But, scoot forward 30 years, and you have the MINI. Although a better car than the XR2 was then, it is - like the XR2 - a triumph of marketing over engineering (allowing for 30 years of progress, of course). And while i loath the MINI for that, there's something undeniably rough and ready about the XR2 that makes me like it.
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Cheap to drive.
Cheap to fix when that drive took you into a wall.
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I like the looks more now than I did then. It's actually quite a clean shape. But it was never cool back then and it's at best an interesting classic now.
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I seem to be the only one who voted sub zero!
I think they are great - just simple basic and fun. A well designed car made better in XR2 form - my mate had one and I really liked it back in the day.
Today I think they look great they have aged well and would still be a really fun car to drive. I may be a bit nostalgic but I think they are awesome - I would only rate a Golf GTi or 205 GTi above it!
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I was close...
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