1988 Ford Festiva Reviews - Page 7 of 7

1988 Ford Festiva LX 1.3 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.3 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired27 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A car ahead of it's time and in no need of replacement

Faults:

The oil sending unit leaked at about 30,000 miles, a ten dollar fix.

The seat belt retainer for the front passenger failed at about 65,000 dealer replaced free.

The water pump failed at 145,000 miles, replaced myself.

The original battery finally gave up the ghost after 6 1/2 years.

General Comments:

This has got to have been one of the best cars I have ever owned. I was skeptical when I first bought it and was planning to trade it in after two years, but it just kept getting better and so I kept it until I had to move cross country and could not take the car. The Festiva once BEAT a Grand National to work, mostly due to it's light weight and ability to maintain speed through the corners. Even driven hard the car gave amazing gas mileage and people were constantly stunned by the interior room.

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

Review Date: 23rd April, 2002

1988 Ford Festiva LX 1.3 L carb from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 L carb Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A great, reliable car

Faults:

Nothing major, just general maintenance. Exhaust and brakes are its only weak point, they have gone more often than they probably should.

Oil has been changed at least every 5k miles.

General Comments:

Overall this is a great car, and the United States is generally lacking in no-frills, reliable, utilitarian cars. If you are looking for a flashy car, keep looking.

It's not a great performer, but it is without a doubt the most reliable car I've ever owned.

Everything is manual: brakes, steering, windows, transmission; which means if something goes wrong, you have a decent chance of fixing it yourself.

I highly recommend the Ford Festiva.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2001

1988 Ford Festiva LX? 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

I love my Festiva!

Faults:

Muffler, brakes, tire spindles -- all at the expected time for a car this old and this well-used.

General Comments:

This car is wonderful. It is so comfortable to drive, and it has never let me down (except when I forgot to fill the tank :>). I wish they were still making them, because this one won't last forever... heck, maybe it will!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2000

1988 Ford Festiva LX 1.3L I4 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.3L I4
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Rear wheel bearings replaced a couple times (possibly due to hidden accident damage). Brakes and muffler replaced at reasonable mileage. Otherwise just regular service (including changing timing belt at 60K and 120K miles).

General Comments:

160K miles on this car so far, expect to get at least 15K more. It's just beginning to show the age/mileage. Still runs like a top. Clutch/throwout bearing making some noises (prob. need replacement soon). I certainly could NOT have asked for a better ownership experience than this <$10K car has provided.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 26 reviews