Archive for July, 2009

A (Not So) New Car

July 12, 2009

So, I’ve got a Ford minivan, and a Saturn.  Nice enough cars, but since I drive the van  – my wife gets the Saturn due to a longer commute – I get to pay a lot of money every week for gas.  With 17 or so miles a gallon and a 22 gallon tank, the $60 tank fills tend to get my blood boiling.  But what to do? 

Apparently, what to do is just be in the right place at the right time.  Through a confluence of circumstances that worked out very well for me, I now have myself another car.  I got it at an excellent price, and it’s much more fuel-efficient than the van.  It’s not something I would have normally thought of driving, but sometimes fate makes the choice for you.  Here it is…


That’s right…a 1989 Ford Festiva L with a 1.3 liter 4-cylinder motor and a 4-speed manual transmission.  I haven’t documented it myself yet, but it’s said I’ll get about 35-40 miles per gallon.  Not bad for a 20 year old car.  It’s pretty spare all the way around, from the 12″ rims to the AM/FM 2 speaker radio.  But what the hell, there’s barely the slightest hint of rust, it’s clean, it has enough leg room for my 6′ 1″ size,  and it’s got only 56,000 miles on the clock.  Another view:


It’s practical.  It’s plain.  It’s old.  But it’s perfect!