1994 Ford Festiva WB Trio 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Great Runabout


The Festiva is near on bullet proof.

However when I got the car, there were a few problems.

- The vinyl on the drivers side seat had split

- The seatbelt stalks had split (twice).

- The passenger side indicator was loose.

- There is a tiny amount of spot rust above the rear number plate.

When I got it, I swear that someone had worked it over with a crowbar. There was a lot of panel damage.

Also these cars are easy to break into. Make sure that you get a alarm fitted.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute rock. The power (the little it has) is supplied throughout the rev range up to about 5,000 revs. The clutch has a good feel to it without being too loose. It does have enough power to get you up to a decent speed while keeping you out of trouble.

With no power steering it can be a bit stiff at low speeds, but loosens up quick. Great in the car park.

If you are a big guy like me (6.4ft), then this is probably not a good car for you as it is a tight fit.

The economy is very good; it cost me $30 to fill up and I get 350km to a tank.

This car is best for the L or P-plater as it is a reliable car (Not a fast one). Perfect for city driving. You will be looking at anything from $500 to $3000 for one. About $1500 will ensure that you have a good car for a long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2009

1994 Ford Festiva Trio 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Economy and Reliability Plus


Clutch replaced at 70000km.

Broken seat belt stalk.

Rear wheel bearing replaced.

Leaking heater core replaced.

Broken sun visor mount.

Thermostat replaced.

Cracks on vinyl part of seats.

Red and amber colour on tail light lens is faded.

General Comments:

Great engine, oil-tight, quiet and just runs and runs with virtually no maintenance, still doesn't use any oil or water.

Much longer lasting body panels compared to the Honda Civic, dings where the paint has chipped off, shows the metal, but it doesn't rust! even when left for years.

Engine power and handling is only average, but that's OK for a city runabout.

Fuel economy is very good, around 7-8 lt/100k in congested city traffic.

As a multi vehicle household, have owned many cars over the years, and the Festiva is the only one that I would have no hesitation in buying again, highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2006