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1988 Festiva

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.5

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Festiva, state of the art in automotive frugality?

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Dec 31, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Inexpensive to buy, own and operate.
Cons: Needs more power and better aerodynamics.
The Bottom Line: If you want an automobile that is economical to buy, own and operate try a good used Festiva.

I purchased a 1988 Ford Festiva that had 145000 miles on it two years ago for $800.00. At that time gasoline prices had started going up and my work place was 34 miles from my home. The car that I was using as primary transportation at that time was a ... read more

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Help Save the Earth on a shoestring budget!

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Aug 22, 2001 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Easy to park,very quick and responsive,40+MPG,reliable,cute(IMO),parts are cheap.
Cons: It's not a Rolls Royce, but it come close to a Mini Cooper ( ;
The Bottom Line: Cheap on gas & repairs but is solid and reliable, you can't go wrong here! If you want to impress the ladies, get an Italian sports car ( ;

In other words, if you are like me and shop for earth friendly products,you soon figure out that trying to live efficiently costs more (up front,anyway). Have you priced a new Honda Civic,organic produce, or a box of eco-friendly laundry detergent? It's ... read more

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I would buy another one in a heartbeat!

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Aug 30, 2000 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Small but roomy, uses very little gas
Cons: clutch problems

I loved this car! I had one a couple of years ago and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. They may look like a small box car but it had enough room for me to use to move from Massachusettes to New Hampshire. (Obviously I didn't have any furniture) ... read more

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Just Keeps Going

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Feb 20, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great Car
Cons: Kind Of Ugly

I bought my 1988 Ford Festive New in 1988, When I bought it my husband was irritated with me. He said it was so ugly he would never drive it. Well guess who has been driving it for the past 5 years. Yes and he loves the car. The original ... read more

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170,000 miles and still going!

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Feb 11, 2000 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: very reliable
Cons: only seats 4 people(I have 4 children)

I have a 1988 Festiva that we bought new. This little car has been a work horse!! It just rolled over to 170,000 miles last week. When I lived in KY, this car could make it through the snow, when my other couldn't. I have been very happy with my ... read more

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Gas? Needs gas?

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Dec 24, 1999 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Gas mileage, cost of tires, insurance premiums, not a high theft target,
Cons: I can't find the little sticker off of the top of the gear shifter!

When I was sold my Festiva in July of this year, I have to admit, I didn't much care for it. I just knew I didn't have much cash and it was a car (my first, by the way). Well, once driven, I couldn't get over it. I truly did not expect what I found. ... read more

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Best Ugly Car Around
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Oct 27, 2010 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Everything
Cons: Kind of ugly
My 88 Ford Festiva is not the car to hit the clubs or roll upto the beach with.  But if you want a car that gets 35-40 mph, runs for a month on a solid9 gallon fill up, and only needs an oil change twice a year, it is the car for you.  My car ... read more
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200,000 miles!!!!
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Nov 14, 2005 (Show)
Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 
Pros: Great gas mileage, can take a beating and still comes out running like a champ!
Cons: After about 200,000 miles the poor drivers seat is done for. No A/C.
My parents bought this 88 Festiva brand new for about 5,000. 5 years later my sister turned 16 and started driving it, 2 more years my brother drove it, then another 3 and I would start driving it. It only had ab out 120,000 when I started, now it is ... read more
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