How does a Ford Festiva compare to the Metro?

outlander
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January 26th, 2012, 12:24 am #1

How does a ford festiva (5speed) compare to a metro?

Is it significantly less economical?

Are parts harder to locate?

Is it a better car?
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allmountain40
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January 26th, 2012, 12:35 am #2

I don't know the mileage, but I judge how good a car is by how many are left on the road. To put it in perspective, I see an average of 10 plus metros every day, but I can't remember the last time I saw a festiva. That speaks volumes about is it a better car or not. if a car is good, people continue to fix them and keep them on the road long after they cease production ( metro) If it is junk after 10 years, they become few in number, after 20 they are considered rare. Sighting a festiva is a rare occurrence, so that should answer your question.
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Horn
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January 26th, 2012, 12:55 am #3

I see festivas rarely. I think the metros look better. The metros get better mpg due to the festiva not coming with 3 cyl iirc. it would be harder to find parts for the festiva. Idk if they have frame rust like the geos.

Really aside from the frame rust there are very few cars that get the same mpgs, reliability, solid engine, and easy to find parts....at a geo price.

I have no idea how good the festiva engines are. Also in my area the few people that sell them want more than the average geo runs...

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January 26th, 2012, 1:13 am #4

Only made 5 years. The following are all 1.3 5 speed mpg numbers. I didn't bother with the automatics.

1989: 39/43/41
1990: 35/41/38
1991: 35/42/38
1992: 35/41/38
1993: 35/42/38

I had a guy with a '93 Festiva buy some coroplast from me to make some aeromods and he said his best tank ever was 48 mpg with a target speed of 45 mph. His goal is 50 mph/50 mpg. I haven't heard back from him yet.
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Turbo Dan-O
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January 26th, 2012, 2:23 am #5

I LOVE Festievas! I have two friends looking for them now but they are hard to find for sure...
"Little Red" '93 Metro base, MPGuino, XFi engine, 3.52 transmission, 1.3L aluminum flywheel, 155-80-13s, Crower 310 cam, adjustable cam gear, P&P intake/head, "swirl polished" stainless valves, Singh grooves, head milled .040, composite headlights, IAT/CTS trickers, lowered, 197* thermostat, TT frame brace, "0" alignment, radio delete, swift side skirts, underdrive pulley, mirror deletes, AGM battery, 'vert alternator, removed sound deadener, full grill block=73 MPG best tank

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Horn
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January 26th, 2012, 2:29 am #6

Turbo Dan-O wrote:I LOVE Festievas! I have two friends looking for them now but they are hard to find for sure...
What you love about them?....being hard to find is a downfall imo for a 20 yr old car that will need some upkeep.
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Turbo Dan-O
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January 26th, 2012, 3:50 am #7

They are sexy as hell!!! I love the way they look!
"Little Red" '93 Metro base, MPGuino, XFi engine, 3.52 transmission, 1.3L aluminum flywheel, 155-80-13s, Crower 310 cam, adjustable cam gear, P&P intake/head, "swirl polished" stainless valves, Singh grooves, head milled .040, composite headlights, IAT/CTS trickers, lowered, 197* thermostat, TT frame brace, "0" alignment, radio delete, swift side skirts, underdrive pulley, mirror deletes, AGM battery, 'vert alternator, removed sound deadener, full grill block=73 MPG best tank

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Horn
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January 26th, 2012, 4:02 am #8

Oh man....i completely disagree with. I think the metros are way better lookin
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HelterSkelter
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January 26th, 2012, 4:30 am #9

outlander wrote:How does a ford festiva (5speed) compare to a metro?

Is it significantly less economical?

Are parts harder to locate?

Is it a better car?
i knew a guy who had one in very nice condition, he got 39 mpgs city and 39 highway, those are real world numbers, that's what the car actually gets.i don't know what year/model he had but i'm pretty sure they would all get about the same. the way there were designed they got about the same city and highway. the guy was well over 6 feet tall too so i'm going to assume they are as roomy as the geo.

that's how it compares :}
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January 26th, 2012, 4:35 am #10

today i seen 4 on the road, 2 off the road, and 1 parts car :D
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