really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,750 miles

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problem #4

Jan 112006

Aspire 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
: the contact stated without warning the brakes and steering failed, while driving 5-10 mph. The vehicle ran into a brick wall and there was damage to the front end of the vehicle. There was a police report taken at the scene and the vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The vehicle has not been inspected by a mechanic. Also, at 14,000 miles while driving 15 mph the vehicle stopped. The engine was still on, but the vehicle would not move. The dealership determined the transmission needed to be replaced. This happened again at 40,000 miles and the transmission was replaced by the dealership. At 55,000 miles the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop for the same problem and the transmission was rebuilt. The transmission was rebuilt a final time at 65,000 miles. There have been no further problems with the transmission.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Feb 182001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed completly as driver was making a left turn at an intersection.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #2

Dec 161999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I've experienced three transmission failures since I've owned the Ford Aspire. Within one year of ownership, the transmission failed twice within months of each other. This year (99), it failed for the third time. It was still under factory warranty the first two times it went out. This car is a safety hazard that will cause potential road injury to myself and/or family members, and other motorists. It has gone out while merging with traffic, so far god has spared our lives from a fatal accident that is waiting to happen. Ford refuses to write this car off as a lemon and/or safety hazard; instead, they want to put me in another used car and absorb the cost of the Ford Aspire, plus put at least $2,000 down. They are not improving my situation by burying me deeper into another used car that will take me another four years to pay off, before I can get out of it. I am a college student trying to reestablish my credit, I had no problem keeping the Aspire until it became a life-threatening situation. I have no choice but to get out of the Aspire; either that, or continually make payments on a car that is a defective product--and that is unfair to me as a consumer to carry the brunt of this car. Ford does not stand behind its consumers, and it seems like my safety is being taken lightly. The first time my car was worked on, a Ford representative assured me it was fixed--how do you explain the last two problems after that? I have nowhere else to turn, and I haven't been fully assisted in this matter.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Sep 101999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Son was driving vehicle on busy road and all of a sudden vehicle stopped, no warning. Contacted dealer.

- Detroit, MI, USA