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.
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