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t_benn_1
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17th Jan 07 at 10:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

What are people opinions on both cars

I have a Fiesta at the moment but got the chance to buy a 316 at a good price

Any one know how they compare performance wise??

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mwg
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Might sound daft but I actually would rather have a 1.25 Fiesta than a BMW 316

Neither are going to be performance cars
Fro
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Always been told by dad to leave 316's alone as its meant to struggle abit with the weight.
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Have to agree..

The x14XE give better performance as well, and the 316 will be boggo basic. Fiesta will seem quite nippy compared to it, but then again, its just a fiesta.

A friends 1.25 zetec wasn't too far off my 1.4 either, so tbh, i'd say the BMW and fiesta are about the same, maybe the bmw has a slighty higher top end, but then think of the tax, insurance, fuel savings etc for the fezzy.

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The fiestas are pretty quick... arent the bmw's actually detuned 1.9s?
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thats the 1.8's
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What year is the BMW?
t_benn_1
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The handling would be better on the bmw though?? And i drive country roads most of the time. Would also make money out of its fiesta would be sold for more i'm paying for the bmw
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bmw is always going to be a nicer car, fiesta will be nippier though
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nicer car in more comfortable?
Would make sense in that as do around 50+ miles a day.
Daimo B
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quote:
Originally posted by t_benn_1
The handling would be better on the bmw though?? And i drive country roads most of the time. Would also make money out of its fiesta would be sold for more i'm paying for the bmw


Wouldn't knock the fezzy too much. Puts our corsas to shame in standard format.

1.25 engines are good as well, just too tappetty for me

But what do you want? Look at me look at me (then watch as the laughs start as they realise it a 1.6), or just get from a-b on a very good cheap budget.

Servicing will be bugger all on the fezzy, lots more on the BMW.

I'd still personnally go for the fezzy.
Tom
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I love questions like this, why can you only choose between these two cars (because you 'have been offered a 316' ?

I wouldn't bother with a 316, may aswell keep the benefits of a smaller and less costly fiesta.

If you want a bmw in a few years or can afford a decent one now then get one
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I watched "Top gear GTI" ztec fiesta, Corsa srim, and Saxo VTS. The Ztex Fiesta won. It looked like a nipply little bugger I think that was a 1.6 or 1.8 though.
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If it is an E46 316 it will be a detuned 1.8 engine, pretty pointless if you ask me.

I rate the Zetec engines for performance, just not how much oil they burn etc - my girlfriends 1.4 was nippy.

I'd stick with the Fiesta too probably - depends on the spec of the 316, mileage etc. Most 316's were really low spec though.
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quote:
Originally posted by Wonderboy
I watched "Top gear GTI" ztec fiesta, Corsa srim, and Saxo VTS. The Ztex Fiesta won. It looked like a nipply little bugger I think that was a 1.6 or 1.8 though.

Probably the 1.6 ZetecS.
t_benn_1
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its the SE with the bigger bumpers etc

Had all suspension and a lot of engine work done,

Owned by my brother for the last couple of years.

Would also be the first time to insure a car in my name,

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quote:
Originally posted by deano87
quote:
Originally posted by Wonderboy
I watched "Top gear GTI" ztec fiesta, Corsa srim, and Saxo VTS. The Ztex Fiesta won. It looked like a nipply little bugger I think that was a 1.6 or 1.8 though.

Probably the 1.6 ZetecS.


Yea that was it. ZetecS. The front bumper looks a little strange... Could grow on me though. Looked like a nice car. Sounded nice as well.
Tom
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What do you mean alot of engine work?
corsa jay
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my mate had a 1.25 zetec, put a cat back exhuast and induction kit on and it was quicker than vtr's, really nice car never went wrong for him in the year he had it

id rather have the fezzy
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them 1.25s are nippy as fook they have about 75bhp dont they and the engines are revvy. VTRs are really over estimated i think too many people see a VTS is fast and assume the VTRs are the same.
Doug
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What BMW is it? E36/E46???

How old are you? BMWs can me a pain to insure when your young!
TNM
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friend had a 316, and still has. Its sat in his carpark gathering dust

Ive driven it twice. Twice too much.

I cant belive some one is comparing a fiesta 1.2 and a 316 BMW
Tom
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quote:
Originally posted by johnhara1
i think too many people see a VTS is fast and assume the VTRs are the same.


Who exactly thinks this? If anyone who comments on either and knows that a vts is fast(er) they will more than likely know what a vtr is capable of.

I would give most people who are into cars a little more respect about how much they know. If that comment was made because someone compared a vtr to a fiesta 1.25 zetec I would say they are a decent comparison (you seem to be suggesting that corsa jay was unreasonable in comparing the two )
t_benn_1
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i'm 19 cars a 93.
Insurance is just over a 1000.

Full service cam belt, manifold.
Jas
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quote:
Originally posted by Wonderboy
I watched "Top gear GTI" ztec fiesta, Corsa srim, and Saxo VTS. The Ztex Fiesta won. It looked like a nipply little bugger I think that was a 1.6 or 1.8 though.


that would have been the vtr i think mate
the vts would destroy the corsa and fezz

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