1996 Ford Aspire 4 door base model 1.3 from North America
Something Different to look at on the road
Mostly appearance items..
Wheelcovers faded and the paint fell off.
Seats are starting to fall apart.
Rear bumper paint is coming off.
Dents very easily, I have several dings all over the car and I have no clue where they came from.
Air bags lights flashes I don't know why.
Speedometer jumps sometimes.
Knob broke that controls climate fan speed.
I also believe there is some sort of bearing going out in the rear passenger side wheel, there seems to be a roaring that's getting louder with time.
Engine seems to have a lot of valve noise going on seems to get louder the more miles it gets.
This car was is exactly what its meant to me point a to point b, however this car just looks strange that why I like it. The power is horrible very hard to get to speeds on hills, but on flat land its not too bad. Great on gas.
In my opinion though Ford or Kia whoever built this thing used the cheapest materials they could find, and I have the original sticker that came with the car the first owner had left it folded in the glove box and they paid $11,000 for this car!! Surely they could have gotten a basic Prizm, Corolla, or Civic for that price in 1996. I always thought that the Aspire would have been about an $8000 car brand new. I only paid 2500 for it in 2000. Overall though it's a good car that will fade away into history and noone will remember in twenty years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th October, 2003