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my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd #4574319
11/14/17 10:42 PM
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Cave City KY
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It's old and ugly and has rust in places and the sound system is partially haunted, Has 205,000 on it and it runs just fine with no leaks or rattles doesn't smoke either.
Brakes are questionable when stopping from a high rate of speed and it doesn't have power steering either it handles curves well but there is quite a bit of under steer which can be exciting at times. But it does have the best heater in world, I'm sure i can bake a world class ham on the dashboard if i wanted too.






1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574342
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I guess when you drive one of these you "Aspire" to own something else.......

Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574346
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Real winner there thumbsup

Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: CKN] #4574347
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Cave City KY
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Originally Posted By: CKN
I guess when you drive one of these you "Aspire" to own something else.......

I'm fine with this basic economy car it gets me to work and it is reliable and 42 mpg is awesome.


1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574353
11/14/17 11:22 PM
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Congrats on keeping it running and in decent shape for a 25 year old car. Whatever works for you and your budget! I had looked into one of these in college, ended up with a Chevy prizm in similar shape that lasted me plenty long.


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Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574364
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only major repairs i have done is replace is the timing belt and both front cv axles. changing the timing belt was a pain in the *** but the cv axles wasn't to bad after finding a suitable pry bar and big hammer.


1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574382
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Haven't seen one of those in a while. Like the Neon wheel covers!


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Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574494
11/15/17 06:26 AM
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I wish they still made really durable simple to work on long lasting vehicles like this.


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Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: StevieC] #4574567
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
I wish they still made really durable simple to work on long lasting vehicles like this.


Ditto.

I also liked the Festiva and Metro....I wish I could find an Aspire, Festiva or Metro with M/T in good condition and priced sanely......it seems some owners think they are more valuable than they really are.


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Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574661
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My folks test-drove one of these in 1994 when looking for a new car...I went with them, and the car was so gutless it really bothered them.

Test drove a Temp 4-cylinder after that, and it was a night-and-day difference...kept that Tempo for 8 years, it was a good car.

That said, these cars were tough, reliable economy cars for lots of people, neat to see one still around!


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Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4574742
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I had a '95 five speed Aspire. It was actually a pretty good driver. Good commuter car.


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Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4575478
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Good little cars, used to work on them back when they were new. They were called the Festiva here. Mazda mechanicals are pretty tough. Wouldn't want to have a crash in one though!


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2006 Ford Falcon 4.0, 135,000km - Penrite Vantage 15w40, Ryco filter
Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4575523
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Is it paid for? Does it owe you anything? Does it get you from point A to point B? If so then [censored] yes! Love old beaters that keep going. Easy to work on, no guilt if it gets wrecked and a little soul to it!!


2006 Trailblazer LT. Castrol Edge with Fram Ultra.
2017 Ram 3500 SLT Megacab. Duron SHP 10w30 with Hastings LF608.
1993 GMC 1500. It has oil and still runs
Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4575641
11/16/17 01:25 AM
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Cave City KY
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i paid 300.00 for it with issues and resolved them and have been driving it ever since. only thing i despise about it is doing oil changes and the filter is on the back of the engine under the injectors near the passenger side.
the oil drain screw is facing the rear of car behind the passenger side wheel i thought it was odd that it doesn't use a shallow oil pan like other fwd cars.


1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells] #4575798
11/16/17 09:30 AM
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Kansas, USA
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I've had three.. 94 and 95 2Dr and 97 4Dr. Should of kept the 94. Except the 97 which is setting down at the farm I sold the other two for twice what I paid. Late 96 and 97 is years to stay away from. The gearing is better suited to higher speeds versus the Festiva's.. I've had six of those! If I didn't already have four vehicles there's a few in the area for around $300.. I'd buy them and fix them up. My wife would kill me though.


05 Chevy 3500 (Class C RV) 60k
04 Escape 156k
02 Focus 140k
00 Dakota 89k
91 Festiva 256k .. Rust bucket
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