1993 Ford Festiva L 1.3 gasoline from North America


Nothing has ever gone wrong with this car. I have had 2 other Festivas in my travels, one I bought new, and retired to a student at 100k, (who still drives it at 300k) a white one I bought when the kids no longer needed booster seats, and this one I drive now. Collectively, they may be the Model T reincarnated. Always runs, always gets us from point A to B.

My only complaint is not with Mazda/Ford, but with the industry, as 12" tires are getting scarce. Oh, and a right hand factory door mirror would be a welcome addition.

General Comments:

These cars will go forever. They are a basic econobox, the Japanese and Koreans getting the plusher models with cloth sun roofs, air conditioning, fancier seats and stereos, but hey, for a car I just gave a grand for (and my other one cost $800), I have no complaints. Stereos can be installed easily, seats can be plushed up with sheepskin seat covers, add-ons are abundant.

In a world with cars that are impossible to identify what part does what, these are refreshingly simple to work on.

I commute 7 miles each direction to work, and can go almost three weeks on a tank and a little change if I need to.

It uses no oil, has a new timing belt, I replaced the plugs for fun, it did not need them, and this one has the stopping power my first one never seemed to achieve.

In its defense, that first car followed my 1980 Fiesta, which was an awesome car as well, but stopped a lot better.

For a car that is more than 20 years old, its seats are not split, just cracked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2015

9th Aug 2015, 02:59

These are a surprisingly solid piece of equipment. Ford could use a few vehicles of such simplicity, quality and durability in their lineup today :)

1993 Ford Festiva GL 1.3 liter from North America




Nothing so far.

General Comments:

This car had sat for 7 years in a college parking lot. Paid $300 for it & put a quart of new oil in & 1 gallon of fresh gas, & jumped the battery. The second time the car rolled over, it started up. Drove it home. Got its regs. & insurance, & inspected the next day; it needed nothing. Total cost in the car so far $444.50, then filled the fuel tank & drove 100 miles & got 44 MPG.

Then put in racing plugs & wires, a K&N air filter system, & put Lucas in the 3 speed trans. & in the engine oil. Also 1- 5.25 oz. of Lucas in every full tank of gas. Then filled the tank full & drove 100 miles & used 1.9 gallons of gas. That's 52 MPG. The car's weight is 1700 lbs.

My wife & daughter love this car. I also put Lancer 1995 15" wheels & tires on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2015

1993 Ford Festiva L 1.3 liter from North America


Best car ever owned, my 1993 Ford Festiva


Just rear wheel bearings about every 20000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought my 1993 Festiva with 100000 miles on it for $250. The lady I got it from said the clutch was bad, but only needed adjusting.

I put Bosch Platinum +4 plugs in at $5.99 each, & Bosch wires & a K&N air filter system on the car. Then bought a performance chip for $60 that took me from 63 hp to 107hp, & 51 mpg to 58 mpg, or 7 more mpg.

It has a 1.3 liter engine at 63 hp & a 5 speed trans.

I also put Lucas engine treatment in every oil change, & also in transaxle & a 5.25 ozs. bottle in at every full tank of gas.

The rear wheel bearings go bad about every 20000 miles or so, so I ordered heavy duty ones from a California speed shop. I have not had to replace them since they were installed.

I have changed the oil & filter every 3500 miles, & the car now has 404521 miles & runs very strong. I have had 9 of these cars; 1988, 1989, 1990, 1990,1990, 1991, 1991, 1992, 1993. The best cars I've ever owned.

I also put 13" wheels on all of them from a Dodge Vista Cruiser Wagon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2011