1997 Ford Aspire - does not have overdrive

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 at 12:00am CDT by 1a681ef2

Company: 1997 Ford Aspire - does not have overdrive

Category: Other

# 6 for May 13, 2002

Complaints.com received the following consumer message on May 12, 2002:

From: JSchulman [COMPLAINTS.COM_FORM_MAIL_28624#]

RE: 1997 Ford Aspire - does not have overdrive

Greetings: I have a 1997 Ford Aspire. I always say it Aspires to be a smoothly running, high-gas-mileage, low-emissions, subcompact car, but it can only Aspire to that status because it HAS NO OVERDRIVE. This complaint is about the model "Aspire" itself.

There is NO REASON for it not to have an overdrive. The car is made well enough to go fast, and it does go fast, but it goes CHUG-CHUG-CHUG in its standard Drive gear instead of purring along in Overdrive, aka 4th or 5th gear. I consider this sheer CORPORATE IRRESPONSIBILITY on the part of Ford, as with an Overdrive I would get (1) much better gas mileage, saving gas, and (2) much less in the way of global-warming gas emissions, helping to protect the climate. Now that a Ford is running the company, I would like to ask Chairman Mr. Ford to commit the company to putting overdrives on all the company's cars, not just the high-cost ones. Thank you. Virginia Schulman

Northampton, Massachusetts


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