1989 Ford Festiva L 1.3 from North America
Cheap, Speedy little car... Fun to drive
I bought the car for $100 from a local dealer and it smoked a little bit on the test drive, but I didn't realize that it had a vicious oil leak until after the papers were signed. I have to put a new valve cover gasket on it and I just had to rebuild the alternator.
Comfortable riding. Great gas mileage. Lots of space if you put the back seat up. Good car to put a nice stereo system in.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st August, 2004
A Festy with the 5 speed and a properly running engine is quite peppy. they only weigh something like 1800 LBS, so the 65 horsepower 1.3 is enough to hustle around in traffic quite nicely. These won't beat a Honda, or anything else really, but they're great for someone who wants a reliable, fuel efficent runabout.
As a basic car, the Festiva is very slow, but it's possible to swap a different engine into it for some serious performance boosts... This year, a Festiva with a B6T engine swapped into it (Yes, a Festiva with a turbo) beat a Subaru WRX at the NOPI Nationals. Festiva ran a 14.05, WRX ran 14.15, a tenth of a second slower then the little Festiva. As for the transmission, apparently he's still using the stock Festiva transmission.
With cars like the Festiva getting older, they're becoming a good platform to start off with, and build up into something more than the manufacturer intended them to be. A car is only as slow/fast as you want it to be, if you're willing to put some effort into it. I'm going to be picking up a nice blue one for $500 as something to train myself on sticks with, and maybe even as something to build up.