The 1993 Ford Festiva: The Best Car Ford Never Made

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Over the last decade, consumers have been lead to believe that twenty-three to twenty-five miles per gallon in a car was great – even though the fine print says average mileage varies. Anyone who owns a 1993 Ford Festiva knows that those figures are to be laughed at. Even though Mitsubishi and Mazda (before Ford Motor Company bought it) actually made the 1993 Festiva models, they can be accounted as one of the best cares made in the last twenty years based on performance and gas mileage alone.

The 1993 Ford Festiva, kept in good condition, can get forty to fifty miles per gallon on the highway, and thirty-two to thirty-seven in the city. With a small nine gallon tank, the Festiva is also a lot easier on the wallet at the pump – especially with an average cost of three-plus dollars per gallon across America. It might cost about thirty dollars to fill the tank, but owners a Festiva can go up to twice as far on the same amount of gas as newer “fuel-efficient” cars being sold today.

The performance of the 1993 Ford Festiva is actually pretty good, even by today’s standards. Along with high gas mileage, the engine stays cooler than many similar sized newer models, can go up to eighty-five miles per hour, is easy to drive with its standard five-speed transmission, and doesn’t decrease in gas mileage when frequently switching from highway to city miles. If anything, the 1993 Ford Festiva performs above modern normal levels, and is easy to maintain.

As far as parts for the 1993 Ford Festiva, many of them are in stock at auto parts stores. The reason for this is that the 1.3 liter engine in the Festiva is still used in other cars even today. The only hang-up for repairing a Festiva is the huge increase in labor charges over the last ten years. Luckily, many of the problems which may crop up are easily fixed right at home. The most common problems which occur on a 1993 Ford Festiva are: Having to replace the axels and CV joints, replacing the brake shoes and pads, cleaning out the throttle body and fuel injectors, and finding the twelve inch tires which came standard on the 1993 model. For the latter, eBay and pick-a-part businesses are invaluable. Axles and CV joints for both sides cost around a hundred and twenty dollars, brake shoes and pads less than twenty dollars per wheel, and less than twenty for throttle body and injector cleaner. Times for repair vary, but none of the repairs mentioned should take more than two hours at the maximum.

To actually find a 1993 Ford Festiva simply search local used car dealerships, classified ads, online, or even a salvage yard. Often, people sold their Festiva to a salvage yard either before it was non-functional, or just because of the lack of interest in Festiva’s when they tried to sell theirs. Sometimes, people even junked their Festiva for something as simple as needing a new clutch. No matter the reason, many Festiva’s were abandoned by their owners in favor of larger, less fuel efficient cars which became popular in the late 1990’s.  

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