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Re­mark­ably re­li­able, it’s fair to say you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence very few elec­tri­cal prob­lems with any Mk7 Fi­esta.

The most likely nig­gles will be the boot re­lease but­ton, which tends to fail when mois­ture creeps into the mi­croswitch, re­sult­ing in re­fusal to close or con­tin­ual open­ing when driv­ing along. For­tu­nately, re­place­ment is cheap and sim­ple.

The steer­ing wheel au­dio con­trols and dis­play have been known to fail, so make sure they’re work­ing. DAB ra­dios and the SYNC sys­tem are also prone to mis­be­hav­ing, so check them be­fore buy­ing; the cure may be a sim­ple soft­ware up­date or fuse-out re­boot, or pos­si­bly a whole new stereo unit. Some­times, fixes are even found by read­ing the man­ual…

If there’s sat nav fit­ted, en­sure it works, and scroll through any menus to test func­tions fit­ted to higher mod­els, such as rain-sen­si­tive wipers. Var­i­ous op­tion packs of­fered key­less en­try, starter but­ton, Pow­er­fold mir­rors, heated seats, park­ing sen­sors, cruise con­trol and cli­mate con­trol, so check they’re present and cor­rect.

Make sure the dash­board lights aren’t giv­ing any warn­ings – no­tably airbag and seat­belt lamps – and test the wind­screen wash­ers; some­times a trapped hose can cause them to cease work­ing. It’s worth test­ing the win­dow switches, heater con­trol and even the speak­ers, but don’t gen­er­ally ex­pect to dis­cover any­thing amiss.

If your car has day­time run­ning lights, check they work prop­erly, rather than go­ing dim when the in­di­ca­tors are op­er­ated – which hap­pens when the units are fail­ing.

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