From Mazda, With Love: 1990 Ford Festiva L

The Ford Festiva was created by Mazda but sold as a Ford in North America under the nameplate Festiva. It was a subcompact economy car.

This is a first-generation Festiva, which lasted from 1986-1993. The '90 model year cars benefited from a facelift and fuel injection. All Festiva cars had front-wheel drive and 4-cylinder engines. This one had a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission.

I've never been a huge fan of microcars, but I know a lot of people are. I do understand the appeal though, as they provide no-frills basic day-to-day transporatation, which, for many, is enough.

But if I could have more than one car, I'd definitely consider having one little car like this just for errands.

The seller states this car has new tires, brakes, calipers drums and suspension.

Styling-wise we have a typical micro hatchback, simple, basic, and honest. Red isn't a bad color, it's fun to have small cars in bright colors, and the paint looks shiny and clean on this. The interior shows some wear on the seats, but does feature Ford's automated seat belts.

Aftermarket Infiniti G20 wheels are an odd touch but look good from a distance. They are better than the eye-sore steel wheels these are usually seen with nowadays.

The most interesting thing about these cars is that there is nothing like them on the market today. Who will fill the entry-level, bottom-barrel car void? In the '80s and '90s, Kia sold ultra-economy cars here because once-inexpensive Japanese automakers like Honda and Toyota were moving upmarket each model year. Coincidentally, Kia also sold a version of the Festiva. Today, even the most basic cars are equipped with enough electronics to make one dizzy. Automakers are forgetting the thrill in basic transportation. Note to entrepreneurial car enthusiasts: the market is hungry for it.

The seller says this Festiva is easy and cheap to fix, on top of getting good gas mileage.

Find it here on ebay in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

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