I bought the car for $300 because it would not start. Got it home & replaced the distributor cap; started right up & ran just fine.
The first thing I did to the car was spray used motor oil under the whole bottom. Then got on a dirt road at 45 to 50 mph, & got the dust up on the oil. Then put racing plugs & wires, K&N air system, a $60 power chip, then sprayed WD-40 on the plugs, plug wires, and inside the distributor cap. Then put ceramic brakes on the front of the car. Also 13" wheels & tires from a Dodge Vista wagon.
Also changed oil filter, put Lucas heavy duty oil stabilizer in the oil, Lucas trans. treatment in the transaxle, and Lucas fuel treatment in every full tank of gas.
Replaced rear wheel bearings 3 times, tires 5 times. Have changed the oil & filter every 3000 miles. Timing belts 3 times, alternator belts 4 times, distributor cap once.
One of the best cars I have ever owned.
The seats are not very good; I put S-10 Chevy truck seats in.
Brakes need to be upgraded also.
At 6' 3" tall & 350+ lbs, I can't believe how much room there is in these cars.
With the chip installed, the car has 100 HP, & it really peps it up a lot. On the 4 lane at 60 mph, I can get 50 MPG. Very small gas tank - only 10 gallons.
Mufflers don't last long, so I've got have a lifetime one put on. Also the same with the brakes, rotors, struts, shocks, starters, & so on, because in the long run it will save you a lot of money.
This was my first Festiva, & my wife & daughters love this car as much as I do.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2013