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Seven Things You Might Not Know about the Ford Aspire

  • The Ford Aspire was the replacement for the Ford Festiva, which belonged to Ford's subcompact car lineup.

  • The car came out in two body styles: two- and four-door hatchbacks. The four-door version had a longer wheelbase than the other did. More notably, the Aspire was the first in the lineup to have dual airbags and optional antilock brakes. A revamped Aspire came out as an SE trim, with tachometer and blue-faced gauge included.

  • The Ford Aspire had several competitors in the subcompact car market. Eagle Summit, Geo Metro, Toyota Tercel, Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Swift, Mazda Protege, and Hyundai Accent all battled for best subcompact car title.

  • Although the car bears an American nameplate, the Ford Aspire was in fact a product of South Korean innovation and Japanese engineering. Kia Motors manufactured the body of the vehicle while Mazda took care of the car's engine and other parts. Not surprisingly, the Aspire bore the designation Kia Avella for South Korean and international markets. When the relationship between Ford, Kia, and Mazda turned sour, the Aspire was replaced by the Kia Rio.

  • The Ford Aspire appeared in several movies from the '90s: "Jerry Maguire" (1996), "Volcano" (1997), and "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998). In 2007, another Ford Aspire (a green one) appeared in yet another Hollywood flick: "Be Kind, Rewind." The car appeared during the recreation of a scene for the movie "Ghostbusters."

  • The Ford Aspire did not only appear in the movies but in TV series as well. The 2005 hit series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" featured a red Ford Aspire, which was bought and driven by Kaitlin Olson's character Dee Reynolds. In the series, the car was stolen by a hitchhiker, which Dee picked up on the road. Sometime between 2002 and 2009, the Aspire also appeared episode on 15 of the detective TV series, "Without a Trace Season 4."

  • The Ford Aspire was sold in the US market for only three years (1994 - 1997). The last model rolled off the assembly line in September 2007. The Aspire was succeeded by another subcompact car, the Ford Fiesta, which was unveiled to the North American market in 2010.

Ford Aspire Articles

  • Ford Aspire Glitches to Know about before Buying

    Launched in 1994 as the successor of the Festiva, the subcompact Ford Aspire is a basic yet efficient car for everyday driving. The Aspire was the first subcompact to come with standard dual airbags-a feature that competitors had soon started to include in their car designs. Generally, the Aspire is an excellent car for small families and young drivers. However, it has some manufacturing flaws that you need to consider before purchasing.

    Design shortcomings

    Modest in features, the Aspire can take you anywhere you need to go in the city, but don't expect people to turn their heads as you cruise the streets. Being a subcompact car that it is, the Aspire leaves very little to be desired about its design. While the Aspire has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor and body-colored grilles and bumpers, some owners complained about the car's lack of legroom on the base trim, three-door version. Instrumentation on the dash was also stripped to a bare minimum-not exactly a bad thing if you are only after the essentials. However, upgrading the features usually means paying a hefty sum.

    Sluggish automatic transmission

    The Aspire comes in both manual and automatic transmission. With subcompact cars such as this, manual transmission works better than automatic. Acceleration was a big problem in some Ford Aspire units with the automatic transmission. Depressing the gas pedal far down yields very little difference in speed. Some owners have replaced the O2 sensors, transmission fluid, and the filters, but the problem remains.

    Bad distributor

    The Ford Aspire distributor usually lasts at least 45,000 miles. However, some units displayed shaking, squealing, and difficulty in starting-symptoms indicative of a bad distributor. The vibration is usually observed while the car is set to ignition and while in idle mode. On other occasions, the shaking is more obvious when the car is at a complete stop.

    Some owners found the difficulty in starting a result of low outdoor temperatures. The distributor cap usually breaks due to the sudden heat from the engine. This is usually accompanied a high-pitched squeal, which is a result of blocked air due to a dirty distributor cap.