by tgunn71 on Aug 17, 2012 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Festiva GL 2dr Hatchback
I had this car for 17 years before having to make the sad decision to let her go at 225k miles when she had electrical issues that were going to be to pricey to fix.
In its early days I experienced gas mileage in excess of 50 mpg hwy and nearly 60 mpg
on long road trips at approx. 70 mph.
Even when it got older she still got over 40mpg highway but I chose to no longer take her on long road trips for fear she wouldnt make it.
This was also the best car I have ever driven in the snow.
I never got stuck once.
Wish I could find another one.
I'd take it in a heartbeat.
by Joseph on Jul 7, 2009 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Festiva GL 2dr Hatchback
I bought this car for my then 16 y/o daughter as a 'disposable' vehicle with the intention of replacing it within 6 months or when she totaled it... Well, 8 years later and the car is still going strong. It has has several repairs due to use and abuse but it has performed flawlessly overall. Now, it is the pride and joy of my youngest son who keeps it in tip top running condition. He is always looking for ways to better it without altering the original package.
by Reddove on Sep 1, 2006 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Festiva L 2dr Hatchback
Performance is what can be expected from a small car that gets 40 mpg. I find it low to the ground and have developed a way to climb out. Bad backs beware. Interior is very roomy and can fit three bales of hay inside. Seat plastic is cheap, lots of head room. I'd want it to die so I can justify getting another car, but it won't. Tires last 20,000 miles. All in all it is the least expensive transportation I have ever had or can find again at .04 per mile. I have 130k city miles, three teenagers who have learned to drive on it. Goes great in the snow as long as you don't stop on a drift, it sinks.
by fl678 on Mar 1, 2006 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Festiva L 2dr Hatchback
I have owned this little oddly shaped car since it had 6 miles and it has been extremely reliable. The only issue I ever had was the ball bearings going out every few thousand miles. It has always work in cold or warm weather and fuel economy was fantastic when I bought it 15 years ago.
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...
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