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2011 Ford Fiesta One Of Consumer Reports’ Least Expensive Cars To Maintain

For those looking to retain a vehicle for a long time, repair and maintenance costs are paramount. These are the things that can make or break us in the long run, particularly in a day and age when vehicles are seriously complex and packed with more technology than ever before. In that regard, it seems that the 2011 Ford Fiesta is a solid 10-year-old used car choice, as it has been named to Consumer Reports’ Least Expensive Cars to Maintain List.

With an average cost of less than $5,000, the Fiesta cost a mere $200 per year to repair and maintain on average, according to data collected by Consumer Reports via a survey completed by its members who own a 2011 Ford Fiesta. That’s obviously quite cheap, and when combined with the extra-low entry price to own one of these vehicles, makes the 2011 model year Fiesta a solid value.

There is, however, one caveat that we must mention here – the 2011 Fiesta is one of the model years affected by Ford’s ongoing DPS6 transmission legal woes, Just last spring, a judge approved a settlement for the Focus and Fiesta transmission case, and those affected received reimbursements ranging from $20 all the way up to a full buyback of their vehicle, depending on the circumstances. However, some owners that opted out of the class-action lawsuit are still pursuing claims based on violations of Michigan’s consumer protection statute.

Thus, it’s probably a better bet to seek out a Fiesta with the five-speed manual transmission rather than the troublesome dual-clutch unit. Otherwise, the 2011 Fiesta is an economical choice in terms of fuel efficiency as well, returning 28 miles per gallon in the city, 37 on the highway, and 32 combined for the manual gearbox or as much as 29/40/33 for the PowerShift transmission.

We’ll have more automotive insights like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Fiesta news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. chuck

    I had a little Fiesta S with 5sp manual. Kind of slow of course, but adequate for a commuter.

    Put some nice 17″ wheels on it.

    Having to use key to unlock was the only notable downside.

    Sold to my neighbor for their son who is still using it without problems to this day.

  2. Mike says..

    Ford transmission issues plague the brand more than Farley seems willing to admit. Just like the VW dieselgate… FORD was ‘slow to act’ and now its before the courts. I suspect FORD accountants think this is the least expensive way forward out of the mess, they themselves made. Problem is ‘accountants’ don’t build or market vehicles so the old adage ‘fibbers never prosper’ is lost on them. As much as I cheer for FORD, my confidence in their honesty and lack of transparency has shaken my confidence in them. Using demographics to plan, design and build your product array abandons the notion and practice … “Always a FORD”. Hope I am wrong on this.

  3. Mark L Bedel

    I’m sure they are provided you have one with the manual transmission.


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