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.
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.
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.