"I got this car a few months ago, and I really haven't had any problems with it. The only big thing is that it burns oil and that the 3rd gear went out a month in, it was getting me 45+ mpg but with no 3rd gear I have to work the engine a little more so now it gets me 20-25. If I could recommend somebody a car for a starter this would be it!"
"Buy a low-mileage unit that is clean and you'll be able to drive it forever. Combined city/hwy mpg is around 45 with my 5 spd. Tires are 12" and tough to find nowadays. Fun little car, but tinny, small and mediocre styling. Who cares with gasoline at $3 a gallon!"
"My self, I think that this car is amazing! It is cute, gets amazing mpg, and is a great traveling car. Though, I hate to admit it, but the interior room isn't the best. This is not the car for somebody that is much over 6 feet tall. If you are 6 feet tall you'll be fine. It doesn't have the best acceleration, but is fine. This car would be a great first car for almost anybody. It is also amazingly high off the ground and would be able to do almost anything. I would recommend this car to almost anybody!"
"I love my Festiva. It's nothing special. Runs perfectly. Get's amazing MPG. Extremely reliable. They don't make cars like this anymore. Well especially KIA since Kia technically made the festiva. Kia made the festiva for Ford. Anyway if you are looking for something glamorous this isn't the car. But if you want a car that can handle anything buy it. Also it has some common problems. Brakes/exhaust. fairly cheap and easy mods to improve these."