Extremely slow, extremely reliable
Replaced fuel pump around 90,000 miles.
Little things like plastic coming off the seat lever handles which won't stay on.
Automatic 3-speed transmission really kicks me in the pants for 1-2 shift.
Much more exterior and interior wear than an '87 Acura Integra I also had and sold with more miles (chipped paint, worn seats)
As we couldn't get more than $750 when we tried to sell it, we kept our Aspire. I want a Ford Focus, but the Aspire refuses to die. Slow, but the engine still runs great at 133,000 miles. Transmission has had a real positive (read: kick in the pants) 1-2 shift for about 40,000 miles now, but keeps going. It says Ford, but supposedly Mazda made the engine and Kia made the rest... reliable little car that gets you there eventually.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2003