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#4574319 - 11/14/17 09:42 PM my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd
jakewells Offline


Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 268
Loc: Cave City KY
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.




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1994 Ford F150 302 aode/4r70 changed to 3:08 17 mpg
1994 Ford Aspire 1.3 5spd 40 mpg
changed injectors and economy is up to 44

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#4574342 - 11/14/17 10:06 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3418
Loc: Utah
I guess when you drive one of these you "Aspire" to own something else.......

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#4574346 - 11/14/17 10:15 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
Scienceman Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 2859
Loc: Earth
Real winner there thumbsup

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#4574347 - 11/14/17 10:15 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: CKN]
jakewells Offline


Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 268
Loc: Cave City KY
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.
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1994 Ford F150 302 aode/4r70 changed to 3:08 17 mpg
1994 Ford Aspire 1.3 5spd 40 mpg
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#4574353 - 11/14/17 10:22 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
FirstNissan Offline


Registered: 12/05/10
Posts: 889
Loc: KY
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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#4574364 - 11/14/17 10:28 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
jakewells Offline


Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 268
Loc: Cave City KY
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.
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1994 Ford F150 302 aode/4r70 changed to 3:08 17 mpg
1994 Ford Aspire 1.3 5spd 40 mpg
changed injectors and economy is up to 44

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#4574382 - 11/14/17 10:50 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Phoenix
Haven't seen one of those in a while. Like the Neon wheel covers!
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#4574494 - 11/15/17 05:26 AM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I wish they still made really durable simple to work on long lasting vehicles like this.
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#4574567 - 11/15/17 07:13 AM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: StevieC]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 7386
Loc: New York
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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#4574661 - 11/15/17 08:26 AM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
addyguy Offline


Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 14212
Loc: Canada
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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#4574742 - 11/15/17 09:31 AM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
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Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 2127
Loc: Oregon
I had a '95 five speed Aspire. It was actually a pretty good driver. Good commuter car.
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#4575478 - 11/15/17 08:12 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
hpb Offline


Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 1170
Loc: Tasmania, Australia
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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#4575523 - 11/15/17 09:08 PM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
BrianF Offline


Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 497
Loc: Sask, Canada
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!!
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#4575641 - 11/16/17 12:25 AM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
jakewells Offline


Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 268
Loc: Cave City KY
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.
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1994 Ford F150 302 aode/4r70 changed to 3:08 17 mpg
1994 Ford Aspire 1.3 5spd 40 mpg
changed injectors and economy is up to 44

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#4575798 - 11/16/17 08:30 AM Re: my 94 ford aspire 1.3 / 5spd [Re: jakewells]
Eric Smith Offline


Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 2991
Loc: Kansas, USA
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.
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