Hello. Hopefully, I will soon become a regular member of this group (and not in the needing mechanical/electical advice bits either!)
I currently run a little 1.25 Mk7 Fiesta, which I'm otherwise happy with and suits me well, but I seriously need more torque and better handling (live on rural twisty up/down roads) - and just feel like treating myself at long last - so have decided that I'm in the market for an ST as soon as one comes along. (Don't plan on engine modding it, btw.)
Was all giddy and set to rush out and look at a few (not that many around where I live, not in the the traditional Ford colour, anyway!) and then read about the recalls on the 1.6 and 1.0 ecoboost engines. Obviously worried me. Was wanting a 1.6 anyway, but just wondering if it's all a flash in the pan now as far as everyone's concerned, or is it's still a serious issue to take into consideration.
Been looking at 16 or 66 plates (I presume still Mk 7, please forgive me and move the post if it's Mk8) and those which I've checked have had no recall work done or outstanding.
Was it only the 2013-14/15 engines affected, and after that has the problem gone or been rectified in the factory? Are the engines in the later 1.6s as bulletproof as I'd like to hope they are, or are there things which I need to look out for when buying or as an owner? It won't be a high mileage vehicle, but it will be my main everyday one, and I do want something that's reliable and hasle-free (as much as any modern car can be).
If I saw a low mileage earlier plate with recall work done (vis head overheating, coolant sensor etc) would that be considered reliable?
Thanks for any advice, info etc.