If you can find one of these little gems, BUY IT! Mine STILL gets 45 mpg hwy. It has never needed anything beyond basic maintenance. Fun to drive, great control, and super cheap to run and own. Plus, I now have a collector's plate and will never have to pay for a license again.
She is my work car and comfortable for me as driver. Easy handling, fits anywhere. Great on gas better than my 2012 Focus SE Hatchback. As long as snow not over bumper I can get through it, Wind and ice suck. I can haul a lot more than you might think in it too. I have brought home a little CRF50 motorcycle and even an RV refrigerator. Drawbacks are noisy ride, oh the car it's self is quiet but road noise is loud, like a tin can, so not too many want to ride with me. I have had issues with wheel bearings, replaced them at least 3 times in last 50k miles, but it needed a wheel alignment. Seems maybe previous owner may have taken it over a curb or something a rear axle was bent. Much better now that we figured that out. Sucks that it is starting to rust. Can't complain too much Gave $1000 for it and if I said I have spent $1500 in general repairs/maintenance I probably would be exaggerating. Easy to work on too. Factory air but froze up, next on agenda. Oh the tires are almost extinct 12" passenger tires are hard to find. I love her.
Ok so here I am @ 295k. I was going to wait till 300k but I just couldn't. Well my little festy is still going! Still uses almost no oil between the 4k oil changes. Just minor problems with the interior locks and doors. And my after market speakers need to be replaced again. Mechanically she still seemed sound I am beginning to believe that I will really make it to 300k? Well see? Only problem is I am spoiled now in thinking that I should get 300k out of every car and I probably wont. Even the 2009 Toyota Tacoma I just bought. The festivas can teach Toyota a thing or two about durability!
durability And its ease of repair!
ford should make these things again for people who need cheap reliable transportation. 20k isn't cheap and most aren't even close in reliability as my festiva!
i have a standard lx and man its fun just fixing it up a bit now but looking for a manifold and exhaust for it and than its in tip top shape. it has 393k kms and it still is a great car so i planed on fixing it up and it has lots of place to put in a bigger rad. but nothing but good news for this car
well here i am again for anyone out there that wants to read about my little festy. toughest car i have ever owned. hope to get 300k before i am done maybe then consider going 400k. who knows??? i bought car with 182k and thought 200 would be maybe possible. this little thing just keeps going and going and going!!!!!
reliability that is unheard of in any vehicle foreign or domestic.
start building them again with a diesel hybrid engine and get 60mpg!!