1998 Ford Festiva Trio 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand
Fantastic small car
Very little in 14 years.
Front CV joints at about 190k.
I had this car for 14 years, and recently sold it to a good home.
I was dubious when buying a cheap car for my business; got it OTR for 12.5k Au$ with A/C, power steering etc thrown in.
Purchased it in Cairns, so aircon was important.
I serviced it myself (very easy) and it ran faultlessly in all the time I owned it. It was comfortable, nippy to drive in the city, and also capable on the highway.
Moved to Melbourne, and drove it from Cairns in 3 days - a dream run.
It was a three door and had good space for tall people in the front. With the back seats down, it was like the Tardis; could load heaps of gear in there.
A/C worked brilliantly - only had to re-gas it once.
Never had any issues with rust, oil leaks, seals, radiator, brakes, and still has the original exhaust system.
Interior wore well, and little in the way of rattles and squeaks.
Better car than my Corolla, which was also fantastic.
I now have a Hyundai i30 diesel, which is shaping up to be the best car I have ever owned, but still miss the 'Festy'.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th November, 2012