1988 Ford Festiva L 1.3L carburetted from North America
Great little car for anybody!
Muffler rusted out @ 176K miles.
Replaced steering wheel and shifter knob- the plastic started to decompose and was sticky.
Parking brake cable snapped when I bought it.
Stuffing's coming out of the driver's seat.
There's rust on the car - its only enemy!
I consider the $200 I paid for the car a bargain.
It has never let me down (except when I got a flat and the tyre iron was missing!).
I get great gas mileage - about 38 mpg city driving.
The 63 hp engine is adequate for one or two people, but you can feel it strain when you pack 10 high school students into it.
Acceleration is not as fast as I'd like, but given the engine size I'm not surprised.
Still has the original transmission, clutch, and engine. However, the syncromeshes between 1st and 2nd are starting to fail since the gears grind if you shift too quickly.
I have never been let down by the car; the previous owners took very good care of it and it ran like a champ when I bought it. However I spent $1000 replacing the rear struts, all four tyres, the CV joints, the transmission oil seal and doing a few minor cosmetic things.
This little aluminium can on toothpicks has no blind spot, can park almost anywhere, and is practically indestructible.
The cabin is surprisingly roomy, and 4 people can fit in the car comfortably.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2004
13th Sep 2004, 13:18
You must really love this car to have spent that much money on it.
Hope it lasts long enough for you to get your money's worth out of it, but the mileage it already had on it when you bought it might be some kind of record for a Festiva, a disposable car if there ever was one.