1997 Ford Aspire Hatchback 1.3 four cylinder from North America
A good economy car that is great for travelling
The engine seems to have a pinging noise when you accelerate sometimes. When you have the air conditioning on, the engine is horribly slow, and it takes almost forever to get up to speed when the air compressor is on. I have never had (knock on wood) any trouble with the engine. I keep my engine tuned up and the oil changed and my tires inflated properly. However, after travelling from Colorado to Texas, the air conditioner makes a noise now.
This car is definitely better than my old car. But, the maker of the engine could have made the motor a bit more powerful. I do understand that I have an automatic transmission (which causes it to be a bit slower and less powerful) but come on guys! Sixty-three horsepower? The only other car in the world that has the same horsepower rating is a British town car! Cars need more these days. If the car had more power, I would totally love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th July, 2001
What do you expect? Compare the engine to a Geo Metro or Toyota Tercel or a Fiat. You get a lot for that little horsepower - I can merge with traffic on a highway from a dead stop just fine and even pass at on a 75 mph highway. This is not the quickest car on the road, but Hondas and Toyotas from the 80s have more hp and can't keep up. The standard transmissions will give you a little more go than the automatic. If you're looking for more pick up, you're looking for more car (and more $).