1991 Ford Festiva L 1.3 liter gas from North America


I wish they still made them; I'd get another in a heartbeat


Muffler rusted out at approx 100K km.

Head gasket blown at about 120K km, due to my daughter leaving the radiator cap off and overheating the engine.

One of the taillight gaskets dried out, allowing water to seep into the lens.

Dome light fails intermittently.

Driver's window sometimes jams while rolling it up.

Speedometer indicates miles-per-hour, but odometer registers kilometers (car is a US model).

General Comments:

I bought this car new for my wife to replace an old Volkswagen bug. It has performed extremely well over the years. All of my driving-age children have learned to drive in it (manual transmission) and have used and abused it, and it still keeps going. I rebuilt the engine a few thousand km ago, and the car runs like new, delivering better than 42 mpg.

The car is the simplest model that was available, purchased without air-conditioner (in the Arizona...), no radio and no frills. After 15+ years, I'm finally giving it to my younger son who is in the Navy. I hope he will take proper care of it (I have personally done all the maintenance work on the car, and taught my sons to do the same) and appreciate its fine performance and economy, especially with gas prices climbing.

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

Review Date: 21st November, 2005

1991 Ford Festiva GL 1.3 I4 from North America


Buy one with a 5-speed and a full interior!


Backup lights did not work.

Exhaust had been removed.

Interior had been removed.

Automatic transmission didn't shift very quickly.

Driver's seat was torn.

Dome light didn't work.

Didn't hold up well in an accident.

Steering was way out of alignment.

Had a small oil leak.

License tag lights didn't work (but we fixed them).

It was very loud inside at speed.

(I bought it from a friend).

Rear struts were shot.

Brakes needed work.

Handbrake didn't work.

A/C had been removed.

Heater core had been removed.

General Comments:

Very reliable car, but with a three-speed automatic it didn't get the greatest gas mileage (21-25mpg in town).

These cars aren't very crash-worthy.

It is fun dodging through traffic with one though.

I'm 6'3" and can sit up in this little car very easily.

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

Review Date: 31st January, 2005

1st Feb 2005, 12:44

I guess with the exhaust system removed it would have been pretty loud inside (and outside too)!

The Festiva was pretty barren inside even with a full interior. Without one, it must have been like being in a giant sardine can.

Did the faulty brakes and absence of a handbrake contribute to the accident?

1st Feb 2005, 21:23

The only reason to drive a car like this would be the fuel economy, and since your fuel economy sucked... well you know where I'm going with this.

4th Mar 2005, 18:04

Festiva 93 L is and will be my favorite car of all time. At 166,000 miles, still goes strong. All original parts except for starter, battery, and fan belt. Are you kidding me, timing belt is still original!

I got the 5-Speed.

This car is #1 in NYC driving. I can park it anywhere. Easiest car to drive..

1991 Ford Festiva GL 1.3 from North America




My dad changed the clutch before I got it.

Parking lights shorted out. I rewired them.

I cracked the head and drove it that way for 3 months.

Alternator went out twice.

Used to eat wheel barrings and tires.

Rearended my dad's truck did no damage to the car, but twisted his bumper.

Hit a deer and busted the grill, headlight, hoood and fender. Only changed the light and grille.

Changed the drive axle twice (didn't need changed the first time and messed up putting it in so had to change a ring pin on it)

Backed into many things and never hurt the car. Only scratched the bumper.

General Comments:

Great car. Never broke down and left me stranded. The alternator went out twice, but I just push started it myself. It wouldn't even operate the clock on the stereo, but still ran.

I crack the head and ran it on three cylinder for three months. It just used more oil than gas. I didn't bother putting coolant in it. It only overheated while sitting in traffic.

It goes great in the snow and most parts for it are cheap.

I ragged the car pretty hard and I gave it back to my dad last year and he still drives it to work. I used to take it mudding places I haven't taken my truck yet and never got stuck where I couldn't get it out with whom ever was in the car with me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2004

31st Jan 2005, 23:28

I do have to say that these cars aren't exactly indestructable... I rear-ended a Toyota pickup at about 40 mph with mine and it screwed it up REALLY BADLY!

19th Mar 2005, 02:27

I owned one for five years. And never changed the oil once. And it still ran strong it didn't even smoke.