1997 Ford Aspire

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1997 Ford Aspire
Available in 2 styles:  Aspire 4dr Hatchback shown
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34 city / 42.2 hwy

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4.2 out of 5

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5 out of 5 people recommended this car.


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Reliable Pair

by Olivia from Deposit, N.Y. | April 12, 2013

We bought this Aspire, used, because our other '97 Aspire is in the shop (for under trunk metal work issues -salt corrosion) for a while. While it is being repaired, this "new" one has become our daily commuter car. It is an automatic and while it doesn't get the 43 mpg our first one gets (it's a 5 speed stick), the 36-38 mpg is very acceptable. We've owned the first one for 10 years, put 120,00 miles on it (it had 99,000 on it when we bought it) and it is very, very reliable, needing only the usual maintenance - mufflers, pipes, battery and some assorted small under hood bits. We feel lucky to have found this one w/only 56,000 miles on it. It's too bad they (Ford) stopped selling them. BTW the Aspire is really a Kia Avella, which if you do a search, you'll see they continued to build and sell elsewhere. I have had some success looking for parts using that name. Excellent commuter car.

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Good bang for your buck

by College Student from Newark, NJ | November 8, 2011

Not alot of horsepower, but it's definitely something that's great for getting around locally with. The base model 3-dr doesn't have air conditioning, but has excellent heat for New Jersey winters. The only downside I've come to understand is that sometimes it's quite expensive to replace certain parts on the car, however overall maintenance is quite easy and inexpensive. I've driven this car as far north as Albany and Syracuse, as far south as Wilmington, Delaware, and as far west as Pittsburgh, PA, and I was very comfortable. This vehicle has excellent cargo room, and accomodates tall drivers, also. The vehicle handles very well in snow, however it's lack of weight may pose a bit of an issue on ice. The fuel economy is great also. I average about 43 mpg with my car. I would recommend this car to anyone who needed an economic vehicle to get around locally or to get away for long distances.

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Mileage almost as good as Hybrid

by Collector of Mustangs from Arizona | March 30, 2009

Don't expect much horsepower from this very small/economical engine. Best buy for the money. Very raspy sounding engine seems to be overworked with the air conditioning in the on position.

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these cars are awsome

by ken from maryland | February 10, 2007

i bought one of these cars new in 1997 it now has over 235000 miles on it and it is litterly untouched mechanically i know a couple of other people who owns one ond they are haveing the same results its unreal how many miles you can put on these cars and be so trouble free

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More reliable than an Honda Prelude

by Lily from Miami | November 10, 2006

Previous to Aspire, I owned a brand new Honda Prelude and in comparison the Aspire is more reliable, less mechanical problems, easy to maneuver and park, and can be repaired anywhere.

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