This car has had around 75k miles on it over 16 years. It's a dependable car and fun to drive, with around 33- 37mpg regularly. Even after a t-bone collision (passenger side) and the loss of the front right wheel bearing this car soldiers on. I drive it roughly 180 miles roundtrip every weekend and it continues to impress. Muffler was replaced recently for the second time, car windows are a little 'sticky' after usage in Maine winters. People keep asking to buy it from me, I suspect it's the stylish lines and the amazing handling - I can U-turn where SUVs fear to tread. Also has enough power to travel the Blue Ridge trail withouth breaking a sweat. A good and reliable little car.
I averaged about 43 MPG with my Festiva. It was a great little commute car, and I could park or fit just about anywhere. I just hit 218,000 miles when it was hit by individual unable to stay in their own lane. It will most likely get totaled due to the extent of that damage. I wish I could just go out to the Ford or Kia dealership and get another one.
Gas mileage, lots of interior space - I moved an entire dorm room with one back in college.
Start making them again - Kia or Ford should bring this little bugger back with modern safety features.
I have owned this car since 1993. I
done burnouts that rival some of the
best. I have caused a 91 Explorer to
get a new transmission for trying to
out last the FASTIVA in a burnout
competition. The build quality is
excellent. Designed by Mazda. Produced
by Kia. Sold by Ford. This vechicle
will not let you down. I now have a
1992 Mazda 323 GTX Turbo 1.8 Liter DOHC
motor in the Festiva and it is capable
of leveling Z28 Cameros and GT
Mustangs. For a total cost of less than
$4000 this is a vehicle worth a look.
Being the Underdog and Beating People
Ford to sell a vehicle with a build
quality like the FASTIVA again.