1997 Ford Aspire 4 door hatchback from North America
It's a love hate relationship, but mostly love
Last year there was a transmission fluid leak - $580 to repair. Believe it was at around 83k miles.
The check engine light turned on almost 2 years ago. I had it inspected and was told there was $900 of stuff wrong in parts alone. I said forget about it. I'll drive it til it dies. The 2nd time a mechanic told me $200 worth of parts needed. Still haven't fixed it. I think it has something to do with the EGR valve? Anyway, I've been riding with it on for all of this time, and just withing in the last 3 months have I noticed the engine is acting up - stalling when accelerating, and not wanting to reverse.
Other problem is often won't start the first time I turn the key. About 35% of time I try to start the car, I have to try up to 10 times before it starts, but it always eventually starts. I have no idea about this.
I've found this car temperamental, but reliable. I can't believe how long it has lasted me. If I would've taken better care of it, who knows what condition it'd be in now?...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th October, 2010
I wouldn't be surprised if it had to do with the EGR valve. Of course the mechanic wants to replace it with a new one. I fixed mine by taking it out, scratching the carbon out of the passages, moving the valve a few times. Then I put it back in with a new gasket. I also cleaned the portholes in the intake manifold and the throttle body. Finally, I pulled off the vacuum tube to the EGR boost sensor and scraped the carbon out of the nipple at the manifold with a wire.
Disconnect the battery and step on the brake to clear the computer codes.
It cost less than $20 with my Mazda Protege. You are aware that the Aspire is the Protege's little brother?
The Aspire was made by Kia. The Mazda Protege was made by, uh, Mazda. What's this "little brother" reference supposed to mean here?
Oops. The Festiva = Mazda 121, my bad.
The Aspire's body was made by Kia, the drive train is completely Mazda.