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#178 of 197 Re: you wound me... [nippononly]
Sep 21, 2009 (9:01 pm)
Yeah, you're right. I remember that they were considered "throw-aways."
#179 of 197 Re: you wound me... [hpmctorque]
Sep 22, 2009 (2:38 am)
the festiva soldiered on in europe as the mazda 121, same body style and everything, into the aughties. it wasn't a bad city car, just old and plain, and surprisingly cheap.
and pretty well built, too, by all accounts.
#180 of 197 Re: you wound me... [hpmctorque]
Sep 22, 2009 (7:06 am)
You mean discussing bottom of the line cars introduced for model year 1988 is trivial?
Europe had that 121 for a long time as steine mentions - and they were never cursed with the Aspire, in the terrible period colors I remember. The car itself was bad enough, but it seems half of them around here were teal, purple, kind of a dark magenta, etc. I'd say the Aspire has to rank way up there for the subject of this thread - if not just for the stupid name, for the low quality, terrible image, and I bet the mileage isn't even that great.
#181 of 197 Re: you wound me... [nippononly]
Sep 22, 2009 (7:17 am)
I remember in college, one of my classmates had a Festiva. I rode in it once or twice. It was surprisingly roomy up front...I had adequate room, at least. However, the doors seemed paper thin, and the whole car just seemed like it would fall apart in the slightest impact. And the seats themselves seemed kinda small.
Sep 22, 2009 (9:50 am)
I bought a Festiva the first year they started selling them in the U.S. I drove it for 300,000 miles to work and school and it was probably the most reliable death trap I've ever owned. It was a great second car and was still running when I had it hauled off for scrap (truly disposable cars) but the blow by from the engine had become unbearable inside. It was clown car roomy inside (I'm 6 feet 5) and surprisingly fun to drive. I advanced the distributor a few degrees so even though it took about 12 seconds to reach 60, it could climb hills better than expected. People didn't like being passed uphill by a Festiva so downhill payback was a forgone conclusion, especially from drivers of small pickups with oversized wheels.
It may have been a loser car but it never attempted to be anything but a dirt cheap commuter car and it served my purposes at the time. I think it had about 60 hp, but weighed less than 1900 lbs, about 41 mpg highway. I still think the name was horrible though. It was imported by Ford from Korea, but had a Mazda engine control system and the distributor was made by Mitsubishi.
#183 of 197 Re: Festiva [emmanuelchoke]
Sep 22, 2009 (9:53 am)
I liked the Festiva "L" - the "Festival". That was the model driven by a girl I knew in high school...the car a half dozen or so of us teenaged boys picked up and moved into the entrance of a double door school building as a prank.
#184 of 197 Re: Festiva [emmanuelchoke]
Sep 22, 2009 (10:37 am)
It may have been a loser car but it never attempted to be anything but a dirt cheap commuter car
It's only a loser car if you drive one now.
#185 of 197 Re: you wound me... [stephen987]
Sep 22, 2009 (11:19 am)
DUH! My bad!
daewoo or kia.................both were/are a POS!
#186 of 197 Re: Festiva [fintail]
Sep 22, 2009 (2:23 pm)
I remember several guys doing that to a Volkswagen. In this case they popped it between two pillars in front of the school.
Sep 22, 2009 (6:26 pm)
The GEO METRO hatchback was the ultimate 90's loser-mobile. 3 cylinder (lack of) power, a true death trap, and styling that made minivans look cool. I can totally see Napolean Dynamite (Do the chickens have large talons?) driving a GEO METRO Hatchback.
As a sophmore in college (fall 1995 - spring 1996), the Residence Director (RD) (grad student in "charge" of 4 dorm buildings) of our dorm was a guy named Brian Klocke (Pronounced Clucke) drove a GEO METRO hatchback. The entire back of the car was covered in bumper stickers such as: VEGETARIANS ARE SPROUTING UP ALL OVER THE PLACE. Clukie had an assigned parking space next to a Handicapped space. We would come home late at night (on a Friday or Saturday) & 4 of us (I've seen 2 guys do it) would literally drag the GEO from his spot into the Handicapped space. The next morning before we went to breakfast, one of us would call Campus Safety to tell them his wheelchair bound uncle came to visit & needs to use the Handicapped spot, but there is another car without a Handicapped sticker or plates parked in the space. Campus Safety would come within minutes to tow the car away
Now the best part about this is, that one day all of us are walking back from the dining hall and Cluckie stopped us. He asked us if we saw anything suspicious happening to his car in the parking lot (because some of our rooms faced the parking lot). With a straight face, I said to him, "what, someone's messing with your car?" He said "no, someone's been moving my car into the handicapped space. It keeps getting towed away" My friend Munch said "you mean someone took your keys and moved your car?" Cluckie said "no, it is a pretty light car & if you got like 10 or 12 guys, you could pick it up and move it."