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Ford Aspire Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 63 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 29/38 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

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  • What's New for 1996

    The Aspire loses the SE trim level and several items of standard and optional equipment. Four new colors debut.

 
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Not the best looking car,

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Vehicle: 1995 Ford Aspire

My dad bought me a 1995 Aspire (Automatic) back in 1999. It was my first car and at first glance, I wasn't too impressed, but after driving it, I quickly fell in love and although it's not the fastest little car, it certainly handles well. Drove it on a trip, 12 hours of non stop driving with out any problems and watched it roll over to 100,000 miles that night! It lasted me until 2008, when the transmission finally gave out. I drove to death! It's been sitting in my back yard ever since as I just can't seem to let it go lol. Ac is STILL freezing cold to date! NEVER GAVE OUT! Did have some repairs done during the time that I drove it, but nothing we couldn't do ourselves. HATED GAS :]




A compromise

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Vehicle: 1995 Ford Aspire

I drive a 95 automatic Aspire with about 180K on it. I agree that the car is fairly reliable, always started with no problem until it was about -5 degrees outside. Doesn't accelerate well at all, but gets me where I need to be. Gas mileage is excellent, until you need to turn the heat or AC on, then it just drops. However, the car is not at all comfortable, I drive friends around a lot and it's always cramped. Leaks in the door let air in everywhere, and I spend the whole ride wiping frost off the INSIDE of the windshield. Back defrost is a joke. In the cold the speedometer slides right to 110. Honestly, I hate driving the car, but I do think some of it might be my own personal Aspire.




Owned it twice now

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Vehicle: 1995 Ford Aspire

Originally bought it for my 600 miles per week commute to work. Loved the car from the start. My family of four - 2 middle/high schoolers - often took it for trips to town as well. We've even used it like a truck (the hatchback is great) hauling nearly everything with it - hay, 14 foot long 2x4s, 20 foot long PVC pipes, etc. If we could fit it in, the car would haul it. It now has over 200,000 miles - no major work or problems other than a broken speedometer and cable but I drove it that way for two years! We gave it to my sister for a few years and just got it back for my 18 yr old to drive to college and work. He loves it over his 2000 GMC 4x4 - it is cool, sporty and great MPG gas!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 29
  • cty
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  • 38
  • highway
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Full 1996 Ford Aspire Review

What's New for 1996

The Aspire loses the SE trim level and several items of standard and optional equipment. Four new colors debut.

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madmanmatt
madmanmatt
11-15-2001
For the past 12 years I have used economy cars to commute 40 miles each way to work. I had 2 used colts and then in 1996 I bought a new 1995 aspire. It was the last on the lot and with a $600 rebate...


occupant1
occupant1
07-23-1999
The Aspire shifting thing is something you should be HAPPY for. These 3-speed automatics in the Aspire, Festiva, and Metros are built tough for a reason...durability under load. The 50-70 horsepower...


thegraduate
thegraduate
01-12-2007
Accord and Camry became kind of soccer mom cars, similar to minivan. What is so exiting about Camcord infirst place? No enthusiast or young hip guy would aspire to own one....