HOW TO GUIDE: Ford Festiva RKE Keyfob Programming

Ford Festiva RKE Keyfob Programming

This is the step by step tutorial on how to program the RKE remote keyless Entry KEYFOB  on  Ford Festiva from the year 1994 -1995 -1996 to 1997. Please follow the instruction below for your reference.

  1. Enter Programming Mode – Step 1

    OPEN the driver’s side door.

  2. Enter Programming Mode – Step 2

    INSERT your key into the ignition cylinder and TURN to the ON position (just shy of cranking the engine).

  3. Enter Programming Mode – Step 3

    PRESS and HOLD the “Programming/Override” button (located under the driver’s side dashboard). Within 20 seconds, the vehicle will cycle the door locks and the horn will sound 3 times to indicate successful entry into programming mode.

    Do NOT release the “Programming/Override” button.

  4. Program Remote

    PRESS the Lock OR Unlock button on the first remote to be programmed. The vehicle will respond by cycline the door locks and the horn will sound 1 time to indicate successful programming.

    REPEAT this step to program up to 3 additional remotes (total of 4) to the vehicle.

  5. Exit Programming Mode

    RELEASE the “Programming/Override” button and TURN the ignition to OFF.

  6. Test Remotes

    TEST all remotes. Programming is now complete.


  • Verify the following prior to following these instructions:
    • Your vehicle is equipped with keyless entry, and
    • You have a key fob remote that is compatible with your vehicle.
  • Obtain all remote transmitters for this vehicle. This procedure will erase all previously programmed remotes. You must program all existing and new remotes that you wish to use on the vehicle at this time.
  • You may clear your keyless entry system memory by entering programming mode as shown in the steps above.

Note: If your vehicle cannot enter programming mode, then you cannot program any remote.  This indicates either no keyless entry installed on the vehicle or a defective keyless entry receiver module.

Quick Information About Ford Festiva

The Ford Festiva is a subcompact car that was designed and manufactured by Mazda for Ford between 1986 and 2002. South Korean first generation sales began in 1987 under the name Kia Pride, assembled by Kia under license. Australasia and Europe received the first version between 1987 and 1991 as the “Mazda 121”. Ford released a minor facelift in North America for the 1990 model year. Production of the Japanese market car ended in December 1992.

The Hatchback was sold as the Ford Festiva 5, while the four-door sedan was called the Festiva β. In 1990, two Ford-engineers built the Festiva Shogun, powered by a mid-mounted Yamaha V6 from the first generation Ford Taurus SHO. In 1991, Ford Australia began importing the car as the “Ford Festiva” from Kia’s South Korean production facility. From January 1993, a Festiva three-door, badged “Festiva Trio” was launched in Australia. Ford discontinued the Australian market in March 1994. Despite being manufactured there, the 121 was not sold in Japan under the “Mazda” brand.

Australian specification 121s were fitted with the 1.3-liter B3 engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. European markets also received the 55 PS (40 kW) 1.1-litre B1 engine. Festiva Pride was manufactured in South Korea by Kia Motors from March 1987 to January 2000. The Pride was sold in four-door sedan form (in LX, GTX, and β trim levels), as well as three- and five-door hatchback forms (the CD-5) and wagon body styles. SAIPA has built the Kia Pride in Iran under license since 1993 and using up to 85 percent local parts.

The SAIPA 141 was assembled and sold in Venezuela under the name Venirauto Turpial from 2007 to 2009. In Iran, the Pride continues to be the most common car with approximately 40 percent of vehicles in the country being a Pride-derived SAIPa. The second-generation Ford Festiva was jointly developed between Kia and Ford. The Aspire was dropped from the Ford range in the United States after 1997. In South Korea, the car was badged “Kia Avella”.

The sedan version was mainly restricted to the South Korean market, although also available with Festiva badging in Taiwan. The Ford Aspire was sold in North America from 1994 until 1997. It was the replacement for the Ford Festiva. The Aspire had very few options for the base model. Sales of the Kia Avella totalled 115,576 in 1994 but dropped to only 27,850 in 1998.

Ford Avella was the first South Korean car in its class to offer dual airbags and ABS-brakes. Sales of the second generation Festiva ended in 1996 for the Japanese market, being replaced by generation three. The Japanese-only model range consisted of a single five-door hatchback body style with either a 1.3- or 1.5-liter engine. Known as the “Ford Festiva Mini Wagon”, the Japanese-only model range consisted of a single five-door hatchback body style available with either a 1.3- or 1.5-liter engine. (Source:Wiki)

Thank you very much! This tutorial was compiled and researched with ❤️ by Erwin Salarda.