Although the Ford Fiesta was first sold in the United States in the 1970s, it took a long hiatus, ending in 2008. It returned better than ever with its sixth-generation styling. Remodeled in 2013, this supermini easily captures the hearts of everyone it meets, making it one of the most popular cars in Ford’s lineup.
Still in its sixth generation, the 2015 Ford Fiesta continues to attract loyal fans in droves. Along with its attractive styling, this small car offers ample interior space for its size, multiple transmission options, and plenty of safety features. With everything it has to offer, it’s definitely a safe bet for those who want a small car with a big personality.
If you’re sure this supermini will be your next car, it’s time to learn about all its recalls and start digging into the details in earnest. This way, you can buy a 2015 Ford Fiesta without worrying about hidden problems that may arise.
Defective door latch
The door latches on certain 2015 Ford Fiesta vehicles are subject to breakage during normal use. When they begin to collapse, the doors may take several attempts to latch. Over time, the door may seem impossible to close completely or appear closed when it is not.
Driving without the door securely closed could cause the door to swing open in corners and an unrestrained passenger to be ejected. The doors could also hit other vehicles and objects along the road, including signs and pedestrians.
Fortunately, fixing the problem is easy, as all you have to do is replace the door latches on both sides of the vehicle. Technicians will confirm that the latches fully close the doors after completing the repairs to help keep you safe on all your trips.
Risk of damage to the engine cylinder head
Ford Fiestas equipped with the 1.6L GTDI engine may run out of coolant due to a faulty sensor. When in good working order, this sensor should warn you when the coolant level is too low. This way, you can stop driving the vehicle until more coolant can enter the system, protecting the engine from damage.
Without this information, you may continue driving the vehicle, causing the engine to overheat and crack the head. If this happens, the engine will likely leak oil everywhere, including the hot exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, and tailpipe. Oil in the sump could ignite, putting you and your passengers at risk of injury or death.
To fix the problem, technicians must perform an inspection to see if any damage has already occurred to the engine. If not, they can probably replace the coolant level sensor to fix the problem completely. Otherwise, the cylinder head or the entire engine may need to be replaced to fix the problem.
Possibility of fuel pump failure
The fuel pumps used in Fiestas built in mid-2014 are prone to failure due to poor manufacturing of their internal parts. The nickel plating inside the pumps was not created correctly and could catastrophically interfere with their normal operation.
When nickel plating causes the fuel pump to fail, it cannot deliver fuel to the engine properly, causing it to stall. This could cause an accident if other vehicles do not notice your speed decrease or let you move to the side of the road before you lose momentum.
Technicians only need to replace the fuel pump to fix this problem and keep your vehicle safe. They can also verify that it is running at the correct fuel pressure levels before returning it to your care.
Tips for checking a 2015 Ford Fiesta before buying it
When purchasing a 2015 Ford Fiesta, take the time to check for recalls using the Ford Field Service Actions and Reminders Tool. You’ll just need to take the vehicle’s 17-character VIN and enter it into the search bar. Once you press the search button, the system will tell you if the vehicle in question has already received all of the recall repairs.
Don’t stop there, however. You can also check the car’s history with a VIN check from Vehicle History. With this, you can see if it has been damaged in accidents, has a brand name, and much more. Then, using this information, you can determine if this car meets your expectations or if you should look at other Fiestas for sale instead.
Once you’ve added this city car to your lineup, keep checking for recalls at least once a year. If there are, simply call the Ford Customer Service Team at 1-866-436-7332. Or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236. The representative you contact will tell you the best way to handle callbacks, including where to go and what to expect.