Ford Fiesta Mk2 (1983 – 1989) Review

Ford Fiesta Mk2 (1983 – 1989) At A Glance


+Cheap and easily serviced, everyone has owned one so properly nostalgic, cooking models honest, XR2 underwhelming

-Rust is an ever-present enemy, cramped, noisy and bouncy

The Ford Fiesta Mk2 was a significant facelift of the original 1976 car. Given that the Mk1 Fiesta was Ford's most costly to develop car to that point, it's an understandable exercise in making the investment pay by stretching it out for as long as possible. But despite the same-again looks, the Ford Fiesta Mk2 was packed with useful updates and additional features - not least the 1.6-litre diesel model, five-speed gearboxes, a continually variable automatic transmission, high security Chubb locks, and a brand new dashboard.

The new front-end styling previewed the 1986 Escort facelift, and gave the car a more mature, contemporary look. Overall refinement was improved, too - but overall, it was a car that was still very much rooted in the 1970s, just as the supermini market was undergoing a revolution. Despite its failings, the Fiesta was a true triumph of marketing over ability, and was a huge UK seller during the 1980s. The tastes of hot hatch customers were satisfied by the XR2 version (which in truth was not a patch on rivals such as the Peugeot 205GTI), but it sold in droves, as did its smaller brother, the equally popular 1.4S.

Ask Honest John

How much is my Ford Fiesta Mk2?

"I have a Ford Fiesta Popular Plus, which I have owned for 23 years. The car was registered in 1986 and has had one previous owner. It is a three door saloon and has covered 74,000 miles. I would now like to sell the vehicle, pease could you give me an indication of its value, and where would be the best place for me to sell it?"
We can never give you a specific value for a car, but we can give you an idea of price. Mk2 Fiestas are difficult cars to value as prices for non-performance models vary wildly. It's not uncommon to see a single-owner very low-mileage example on a dealer's website for more than £3000 - but equally, you can still see cars on eBay going for £1500. Try to find a similar model to yours for sale - or get in contact with one of the many Ford clubs if you need a more specific valuation.
Answered by Keith Moody
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