1979 Ford Cortina Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1979 Ford Cortina TE Ghia 4.1 petrol

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance147000 kilometres
Previous carFord Cortina


A pleasure to drive, very quick, comfortable


Drivers seat stared to wear on right hand side.

Gear stick kept coming out of the gearbox under quick gear changes.

General Comments:

Excellent power to weight ratio.

Awesome handling, especially when lowered approx 2 inches.

Long trips are a pleasure.

Excellent visibility from inside the cabin. Faster than a 253 powered LH, LX Torana.

Hard to change starter motor with extractors fitted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2006

1979 Ford Cortina TE 4.1 Crossflow

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 Crossflow Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired25160 kilometres
Most recent distance30015 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Sierra


A cute, powerful and head-turning car


Depressed front suspension, cracked bushes etc.

Cooling fan worn out.

Leaking sump and rocker cover gasket.

Worn out carburettor.

General Comments:

Very powerful 4.1 (250) engine coupled with strong Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic transmission.

Power to weight ratio is incredible, 1060kgs and 160hp (standard).

Economical for a large engine, considering it is an automatic.

My custom exhuast with no muffler and 6 inch extractors make the car purr.

However the cost of parts, coupled with the fact that after 25 years the manufacturer wants nothing to do with it mean that it is best that the owner services the car themselves, and expect thing to fail...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2003

13th Mar 2004, 06:52

Cool cars the "Cortina". I am buying one for my girl soon.

8th Jul 2004, 02:27

The absolute best car ever! This car just hammers when you put your foot down.

7th Aug 2005, 21:42

They have the potential to be fast and standard the 4.1L xflow manual will pull a (decent at the time) flat 17sec 1/4mile and 0-100km/H in 10 seconds. They are not 160hp unless you have modified the engine they come standard with 124hp. They are also not 1060kg, especially your auto TE which is between 1180kg and 1230kg depending on L, GL or Ghia uless you have done extensive weight reduction.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews