I've had a 2001 Ford Fiesta for about 8 months now, and I'm sick to fucking death of it. Despite being an 01 reg, it only had 20,000 miles on it when I bought it, and appeared to be in great condition. After a week of driving it, a coolant hose sheared off due to being rusted through, and the coolant pissed out everywhere. The engine overheated and head gasket nearly blew, thank god it didn't. The thermostat melted and had to be replaced. The brakes sucked and the Master cylinders had to be opened, even now they aren't great. The oil level way over maximum, since the dolt of a previous owner filled it with oil right to the top of the engine, rather than using the dipstick to check the max fill level. I thought it would overpressurise and leak but it never has. All was ok for a few months, then the battery started getting a bit flat. Most of the time it starts up in a second, but sometimes it just goes "VrRrrrrRrrrRrrrrRrrrrR" for a little while before starting. 23,000 miles a dying battery, great. Even in the dpeth of winter, when the country was under a foot of snow for a month with ice an inch thick in parts of my car, it started up no problem. Now, even on a sunny day it grumbles before starting. Today topped it off, I went outside and looked at my car which was parked on a hill, and there was a puddle running towards me from under it. Great. Got it up on some ramps and had a look under it with a lamp, the oil filter was covered in oil, as was the metal housing the filter was connected to. I wondered if it was excess engine oil finally leaking out, but it was clear yellow and slightly fishy smelling, so I think it was radiator / coolant fluid. It's running from somewhere above the oil filter that cannot be reached from below, and is blocked from above. I refilled the expansion tank, which was down below the minimum level so I will not blow up driving it home from work tonight, and I will jack it up and have a look under it with my dad tomorrow. It's either gonna be a case of tightening a jubilee clip, or sending it to a garage and having the engine ripped out to fix it, which will be expensive I can't wait until I graduate uni so I can get a full time job with a decent wage and upgrade. Horrifically unreliable is how I'd describe this car - it's fast for a 1.3L, but the interior is very sparse, and the suspension is rock hard. It's fun for fast driving, but the fuel economy is shit and compared to some bigger engine cars it blows on motorways. Never again will I buy a Ford, unless I get a real high quality one like a Focus ST, otherwise, never again!