The Ford Aspire was a forgettable econohatch that was called the Festiva in various regions and used Mazda engines in its Kia built platform…but TLDR it’s an economy car build by various global automakers to meet the minimum requirements of transportation for a low price, but that’s not the important, what is important is that […]
Here is today’s mental challenge. Or challenge for the mental. You’ve got to pick between one of the two next $1500 cars to use as your daily driver for the next 3 years. Parts to repair your hulk will be provided for free, but you need to do the maintenance yourself. Which would you pick? This 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL offered for $1,500 in Billings, MT or this 1994 Ford Aspire offered for $1300 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
Folks have toyed with the concept of direct injected two-stroke engines for years…in fact, I worked at a (now defunct) small alt-fuels engineering firm (BKM) in the early 2000s that was working with Yamaha on direct injection technology for small engines…and it was neat stuff that never went anywhere. Anyway, at the same time there […]
The Ford line up is chock full of automobiles whose name start with the letter F: F150, Focus, Fiesta, Fusion, and Flex. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the Festiva name plate was the bottom rung on the car ladder. The owner of this aqua hatch sums things up well when he says […]
All but gone from our roads, the Ford Aspire was a joint development between Kia and Ford with a bunch of Mazda parts thrown in from the old Festiva/Kia Pride. The Aspire was never envisaged as cheap transportation for the second and third world, it was designed for developing parts of Appalachia and the Ozarks. […]