1995 Ford Aspire SE 1.3 from North America
Best $750.00 I ever spent!
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.
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.