I have had this car for 3 years. This was my first car.
Since then I have changed the Radiator because it was leaking, however I also found that the water level goes down very quickly - couldn't find the reason.
Ball Joint broke twice - if you get a Cortina, get it checked by a mechanic because its very dangerous to loose ur ball joint when you driving at 80 km/h. Cost about $80 AUD to fix anyway.
Alternator needed replacement after 20,000 km since my purchase.
Engine Seals were replaced probably because of me ramming too much. Now there are no exhaust smokes.
Starter motor, windscreen was also changed.
The common problems with Cortina is the Alternator light on the dash goes on sometimes, but do not worry its actually your fuses, give it a clean and you will be fine.
My Cortina has GOLD exterior. Leather interior. For a 22 years old car, it still looks good and goes hard. For only a 4-cylinder still got a bit a grunt. Goes pretty good. Wish I had the 6-cylinder though.
Although this car cost me tons, I still love this car.
This car is very reliable. The 4 - cylinder does not sound like a 4-cyl, it sounds like a V8.
I love it when the car Tilts to the right when I ram it hard from the torque of the engine (when the car is parked).
Cortina is Ford's one of best classical & vintage car.