1993 Ford Festiva Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1993 Ford Festiva Trio 1.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres

Summary:

Capable, not extraordinary

Faults:

Had to have steering re-aligned.

Left front speaker often buzzy.

Had to replace the clutch at 210000kms.

Carpet is pulling up.

General Comments:

Not a bad car. Actually fairly enjoyable thing to drive, with adequate performance, so long as you plan your overtaking a few days in advance.

Lovely 'adrenaline rush' effect when you go a little too hot into corners - sometimes feels like it's going to roll.

Seats get a bit hard on the rump after an hour or so, but the cabin is quite spacious and can fit 5 people in relative comfort.

Economy is excellent, as is visibility and parking. Not so sure the same could be said about safety though, I think some motorbikes have better side-impact protection.

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

Review Date: 3rd August, 2004

1993 Ford Festiva 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired67653 miles
Most recent distance74496 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

This car is a must have car

Faults:

My ac pump went at 68,000 miles.

My alternator started to go at 70,000 it has not yet totally gone.

General Comments:

This car is a beast for power-lines and off roading.

It handles quit well in a rollover.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2004

1993 Ford Festiva L 1.3 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

The car is very practical transportation and I get 52 mpg by driving conservatively

Faults:

Replaced alternator at 65000 miles. An easy job.

General Comments:

Most efficient car I have ever had. I will never sell it.

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

Review Date: 31st March, 2004

1993 Ford Festiva L 1.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

It goes fast, it doesn't waste fuel and it's a fun beast to drive!

Faults:

The original clutch failed after 95,000 miles although, the clutch wear was caused by poor driving conditions more so than a component failure.

A faulty oil filter caused the car to run on only two quarts of oil on a trip of nearly 90 miles and the motor sustained no permanent damage.

The only other thing I've had to do with it is replace some parts due to routine maitenance (spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor etc).

General Comments:

The motor is the most reliable motor I have ever encountered in a small car.

It handles like a dream through some really bad driving conditions.

A good commuter for city and highway driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2004

1993 Ford Festiva L 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carBuick Somerset

Summary:

Ford Festiva equals fun!

Faults:

So far, touch wood nothing major has gone wrong with my Festy! I generally do my own work and luckily there has been nothing to do aside from maintenance.

My steering racks need the grease boots replaced (about $200.00 at a shop or $10.00 yourself) and the cv shafts could use a change soon (about $225.00 at a shop or $125.00 yourself), but overall this is a tight little ride that is pretty easy to work on yourself. You can find many parts on line for it like I have! If you maintain this car like most any vehicle it will last a very long time! And my little blue Festy cost me only $400.00! Tires are cheap. Most smaller parts are cheap.

General Comments:

This 1993 Ford Festiva is a great little car. I have taken it on a 1000 mile roadtrip and it performed well and reliably. The gas mileage is awesome, about 38 mpg combined average! On the highway trucks and wind can be a bother it is a light little car, and in the rain without ABS you must drive smart. I think that if you are looking for cheap reliable transportation for the city and even road trips the I recommend the Ford Festiva. Look for a clean model and you can always take it a shop for a once over. This car is especially great for running errands and for being environmentally friendly. I mean half the time I ride alone so I do not need a big car. I have a Firebird and I keep it for "BIG TRIPS" - I love mt Festiva it is so much fun!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2003

1993 Ford Festiva LE 1.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles

Summary:

An awsome car for the cheap price!!

Faults:

My camshaft froze to the journals in the head at aprox. 25 degrees below zero one night shearing off the guide pin holding the timing gear to the camshaft itself, leaving me to replace the entire engine for less than half the cost of the new head. Other than that, absolutely nothing has been replaced since with the exception of tires, brakes and an alternator (after 200K miles. The seats are cracked, but no more than expected due to the extreme cold weather during the winters here.

General Comments:

This car has been across the country on more that a few occasions, through deep mud and snow on ten percent grade mountain passes on a daily basis and never let me down! As of now, it's sitting in my garage after getting rear-ended a couple of winters ago, waiting for a new R/R fender and hatchback. It's still running stronger than ever. Based on what I read previously in this thread, broken bolts, etc. are "pilot error", and obviously the person who worked on their car didn't know what they were doing. I have serviced mine myself, but I also work on aircraft for a living, so I know what I'm doing in the shop, although it doesn't take a rocket scientist to take care of your equipment. It was clearly designed as a "disposable vehicle" due to the simplicity of it's design, but mine continues to get an average of 35-40mpg back and forth to work, and no loss of power on a daily commute over a ten percent grade pass for over 8 years! I would attribute this to the lack of weight of the vehicle itself, meaning, it takes less power to pull a light weight car, thus less wear on the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th November, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 25 reviews