1995 Ford Aspire SE 1.3 from North America


Best $750.00 I ever spent!


Absolutely nothing.

This car had extensive work done to it before I bought it (new CV joints, timing belt, brakes, clutch, exhaust), and I guess the previous owner got sick of it.

General Comments:

Performance? SLOOOOOOWW! But what do you want from 63 HP?

Very easy to park, and the gas mileage is outstanding (35+ MPG)

A tip for all you Aspire lovers (Festiva owners, too). When your original engine finally dies, a Mazda 1.6 liter SOHC (from a Mazda Protege, same block as your engine) will bolt right into your car, and has 20 more HP and a like amount of torque. In a light car like this, 85 HP will feel MUCH quicker, and the torque increase will make getting on the highway and climbing hills a lot easier also.

With a little extra work, a DOHC 1.6 (FWD version of the Mazda Miata engine) will also work. So will the turbocharged Mercury Capri XR2 engine, but now you're talking serious money and modifications. Search the web for more info. (try www.fordfestiva.com)

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

Review Date: 20th September, 2005

21st Sep 2005, 09:55

You mean a 94 Aspire, right? Yeah, I've got a 94 Aspire SE as well. Excellent fuel mileage around town, and it gets about the same on the highway. I've only got the 3 speed auto, so it's really slow accelerating up to speed, but once it's there, it can hold speed pretty good.

My one puffs some oil on start up occasionally, and I think the valve cover leaks, because when I turn on the fan, I can smell burning oil. I paid $650 Cdn for mine, and it needed 2 struts to pass inspection.

I see you mentioned fordfestiva.com, what is your screen name there? I go by the name Infinitrium at that website.

1995 Ford Aspire 1.3L from North America


Other than being old the car was very reliable


When we first bought the car we had to change the clutch.

Now it doesn't run because the starter locked up and burnt the electrical wiring all the way to the fuse box.

General Comments:

With a 4-cylinder and a 4-speed transmission, this car is very quick and handles very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2005

30th Apr 2005, 20:55

There was never a 4-speed transmission, only a 5-speed and 3-speed automatic.

1995 Ford Aspire 3 door hatch back 1.7 I think from North America


Great Starter car and cheap insurance


Nothing so far has gone wrong with the car, except the seat belts ate a little loose for my comfort.

The car rattles when it's pushed passed 65 mph.

General Comments:

When I first got the car it was badly rusted and dented on the passenger side due to previous owner.

The car does not have power steering which isn't too bad after you've been on the road for about five minutes.

Excellent on gas.

The CD player that I installed can barely be heard over the roar of the engine, which is still going with the best of them.

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

Review Date: 3rd December, 2004

1995 Ford Aspire from North America


Perfect reliability and mileage for tiny wallets


The heat shield tends to shake loose about every 4 months.

The front wheel bearings go out about every 30000 miles.

General Comments:

Other than minor repairs, the car has been fantastic. It is extremely cheap to drive, and is the definition of reliability. If Ford wants to reenter the great mileage auto market, bring back these little buggers. My Little Green Machine is the equivalent of the 60's VW Bug.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2004

1995 Ford Aspire 4-dr. Hatchback 1.3 gasoline from North America


Roomy, economical and dependable car


I've had to replace the belt in the engine and my mechanic says there's something in the front axle that will need to be replaced pretty soon ($250 repair within 50,000 (?) miles) but not to worry because it will start making noises.

The fan motor is tricky - (it's easy to get to while driving) I have to hit it with my ice scraper - then it comes on.

The speedometer is noisy - I'm thinking of having it disconnected.

General Comments:

This car is very roomy. I have friends that have gotten SUVs because they haul around their bike, but I fit my bike in easily, and just came back from a 1100-mile trip with my bike and my 90-lb. dog, in addition to my luggage, and I still had the entire front seats to myself!

This car sips gas! I regularly get between 40-43 on the highway (my commute is mostly interstate) and around town about 35-38mpg.

Very dependable - it has never left me stranded even though it's getting up there mileage wise and I'm not the best person with maintenance.

Cheap - $1999.

Not much power - like another reviewer, my advice is to turn off the air conditioning if you need to go fast or up a hill.

Drive defensively because you'll be destroyed in a crash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2004