1994 Ford Aspire Reviews - Page 3 of 9

1994 Ford Aspire 1.3L from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance272000 miles
Previous carFord Festiva

Summary:

This is one tough and economical little car

Faults:

The speedometer cable broke at approx. 160,000 miles.

The windshield wiper assembly failed after 170,000 miles.

The headlight/turn signal switch failed at around 170,000 miles.

The distributor assembly failed at approx. 130,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought the car from my sister at 135,000 miles. It now has over 172,000 miles and I have had very few problems with it. The few problems I have had have occurred at high mileage.

I consistently got 38-40 miles per gallon highway until almost 200,000 miles when it started to fall off some.

The suspension is still solid and tires have worn very well.

I have been very impressed!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2004

1994 Ford Aspire SE 1.3L EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3L EFI Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 miles
Most recent distance215000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

The little car that could

Faults:

Electrical short causing brake light fuse to blow constantly - easy fix.

Front bearings/races on both sides need replacing.

Small oil leak.

General Comments:

The best $750.00 I've ever spent! I get a consistent 38 mpg out of this car. It is the purple version of the Energizer bunny. It starts every morning, runs the same day after day for the 110 mile round trip. I will take this car on long trips due to it's reliability and gas mileage. No, it is not a race car, but for what it was meant to do it does every part of it superbly. It will even take a stock 1.5L Civic light to light! It has now taught 2 kids how to drive, and survived 3500rpm clutch drops! I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2004

27th Jan 2006, 10:33

It is now 1/26/06. I sold the Aspire to the neighbor. I put 100,000 miles on it.

Total cost of ownership for 100,000 miles, excluding oil changes and tires, including purchase price, and mechanical repairs - $1270.00.

Sold car for $750.00 (what I paid for it) with 256,000 miles on the odometer.

It cost more to insure the car than it did to own it.

Car still runs excellent. No oil leaks. 38 mpg @ 75 mph. Uses one quart of oil between changes.

Wife wanted A/C and more power. Otherwise it'd still be in my driveway.

1994 Ford Aspire Base 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carFord Pinto

Summary:

A great little car

Faults:

The only problem that I have had with this great little car is that the drivers rear speaker quit working.

On cold winter days, the key lock on either door turn stiffly. If I use slow even force, the key does not suffer.

General Comments:

I love this car. I would by another in a moment if another nice one comes along. I have read the stories of the problems others have, but I know the original owner of this car and it has went 39000 miles with no work other than a new set of tires, regular oil changes and a good cleaning every week or two. I like the simplicity of this car and intend to perform all of the needed service work <within reason>.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2003

1994 Ford Aspire from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carMercury Tracer

Summary:

It gets me where I need to go

Faults:

I absolutely cannot complain about the Ford Aspire. Thus far, I have no major problems with it. Currently, the muffler needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

I've heard many opinions about the Ford Aspire and its unreliability, but it has been great transportation for me for a year. It sure beats riding the bus or walking at least.

I will agree that the acceleration is not the greatest. Cars pass me a dime a dozen, but eventually I either catch up to them or I don't. The important thing is that I get where I'm going. I have put several highway miles on it, but it hasn't failed me yet.

I've tried to trade this car in several times, but no one wants to give me much on it so I think it's worth keeping at this point until it falls apart. It will be excellent as a back-up car when I get a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 39 reviews