1997 Ford Aspire Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1997 Ford Aspire GT 2.4L turbo from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4L turbo Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles

Summary:

Buy it only if you have no other choice - Else keep looking

Faults:

- Front head lights went dead after 65,000 miles; Had to have wiring replaced.

- Brake cables rusted and were no longer usable at the time I traded in the car; Mechanic told me that if I applied them, the brake may not be releasable again without taking the brake system apart.

- At the time of trade, two of the 5 radio station programming buttons no longer worked.

- Clutch plate was toasted at 75,000 miles; An expensive repair.

General Comments:

Upsides:

- Has good gas mileage ~30/35mpg average for street and highway driving.

- It was cheap to buy back in 1997, even brand-new.

Downsides:

- Power from the engine is non-existent (60hp) and would front-end rattle under speeds in excess of 70/mph.

- No real body weight, little power, and no traction control make driving at posted speed limits in significant rain very dangerous to yourself and others around you; Impossible to drive in snow.

- Poor build quality; Was not designed for 100,000+ miles. The fact that this was originally a Kia (Avella) shines through.

- Lousy radio that was barely functional after 5 years of use.

- No power steering, and anti-lock brakes (ABS) was an option (not standard).

- Very ugly styling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2008

1997 Ford Aspire Base 1.3L Inline 4 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.3L Inline 4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired216000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Equinox

Summary:

Awesome fuel economy, and will not die!

Faults:

The right rear wheel bearing was replaced.

General Comments:

I purchased the car due to the rising fuel costs, and it has been the best decision I have ever made. I purchased the car from the second owner, whom purchased it at 80,000 miles. To this date the car has had nothing but oil changes, tune-ups, and tires with the exception of a new alternator six months ago.

Personally, I think the car looks like a hot wheels, and actually drives like a golf cart, but it can cruise at 75MPH with great ease.

I am very happy with it, and with over 220000 miles on the original engine and tranny, it runs out quite well and still gets 39MPG regularly.

Overall:

If you can find one, buy it. You can't go wrong. I am gonna literally drive the wheels off this thing, and glue it back together and keep on wheelin!

Don't expect anything special. It is as plain as they come, but it will beat every small car on the market today as far as fuel economy, and if you want to get any better, you will shell out a cool 30 grand on a Honda Civic Hybrid, which by the way, will not save much money if you factor in full coverage insurance, interest, and maintenance costs.

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

Review Date: 25th September, 2008

1997 Ford Aspire 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carMoskvitch 2140

Summary:

Good for the money

Faults:

1. After a couple of months wouldn't start in rainy weather. Replacing the high voltage wires fixed that.

2. The starter died at about 75 000. Replaced myself (an easy job).

4. Rough idle all the time I owned it.

5. The transmission wasn't completely OK from the very beginning. Approximately half a year before death a strong rattle developed (like something fell off inside of it and was hitting against the moving parts). The rattle gradually became quieter and disappeared. Finally, the transmission died. I could still get it in gear, but the car would stay still and produce a very loud and nasty rattle (the drive axles were found to be OK).

General Comments:

I bought the car for $1100 hoping that it would last a year or two and wasn't disappointed. However, keeping in mind the price of the car, replacing the transmission ($1000 estimate) wouldn't be a good idea.

This vehicle has two major pluses: price and gas mileage. On the other hand, it is rather slow, unstable on the road, uncomfortable and very noisy.

Summing up, I would recommend it to anyone who needs a cheap and relatively reliable transportation.

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

Review Date: 26th March, 2007

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 19 reviews