1997 Ford Festiva Review

1997 Ford Festiva Trio 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres

Summary:

A Zippy little thing!

Faults:

Not long after I purchased the car I had it put in for a service to get everything checked over and the brake pads needed replacing, as well as a headlight globe.

I don't think this is a reflection of poor workmanship or anything though as the car is 5 years old and eventually those things need to be done. It hasn't broken down as such though.

General Comments:

I love my Car! It is definitely a girl's car (which is OK since I am a girl), and I admit that it does struggle a bit with hills etc. but that is not a problem where I live because we don't have many hills. While it isn't a powerful car I find it to be quite zippy just around town and a real pleasure to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2002

25th Jun 2002, 02:33

Struggle a bit with the hills? My flat mate has a Festiva trio and it struggles to keep up with the pace at the traffic lights on a flat plane. She's given up driving it home to the country on uni. holidays as it is battling to do 110kph. Her car is also 5 years old and I'll tell you it rattles like anything. Maybe you should opt for a Holden Astra or Barina.

29th Jun 2002, 07:55

Maybe, just maybe its the way your flatmate treats the car. Is it serviced regularly? looked after in the way it is driven or is it just thrashed?. Makes one wonder does it not.

1st Oct 2002, 20:47

I drive a Ford Festiva Trio of a similar era and I can do nothing but rave at the quality of my vehicle. In almost seven years I have had no major problems. The car is economical, zippy, easy to drive and easy to park. My only complaint is the obvious lack of performance, but lets face it... it's a 1.3 Festiva, what can you you expect. Overall, a fantastic city car.

20th Feb 2010, 18:56

My Festiva; I loved it for a while, but now it doesn't like me, so I don't like Festivas.

It always breaks down, and it's so temperamental.

Average review marks: 9.6 / 10, based on 1 review