1989 Ford Festiva L 1.3L EFI from North America
Cheap, reliable and no frills
Replaced fan temp sensor, coolant bypass hose, headliner, and a headlight bulb.
Starter is beginning to go out.
Stalled out when put into Park or Reverse due to dirty battery terminals.
This one tough little car. I paid $500 for it and maybe invested $50 total in parts. So far it has given me zero trouble - all work I have done was preventative maintenance.
It's really peppy, gets decent gas mileage, and was a great buy for the money. And it still looks great after 20 years.
My only real complaints are that it's noisy and the transmission could really use an overdrive gear. But what can you expect from an economy car?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th May, 2009
27th Aug 2009, 21:32
This the person who wrote the review. Here is a followup:
I ended up taking out the starter, only to discover that it was fine and the flywheel was missing some teeth. I guess that's just an annoyance I'll have to live with.
The radiator has started to leak coolant. However, it looks like a rubber plug has gone bad and will need replacing. Should be an easy fix.
After about a year of ownership and 10,000 miles, I still have no real complaints about my car. I'm confident that it will keep on running reliably as long as I take care of it.