1983 Ford Cortina Review from Australia and New Zealand

1983 Ford Cortina 2.0L 4 cylinder OHC

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 cylinder OHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10


A car you can live in, and want to buried in.


Only 1 thing went wrong with it the whole time I had it.

Timing belt broke (because these type of engines are non interference e.g. valves cannot touch the pistons, the repair was as simple as a $20NZ $10euro timing belt) -this was due to lack of maintenance on my behalf.

General Comments:

Very roomy car - have slept many nights in the back.

Lacks performance - but that's not what this cars about.

Will never let you down.

Cheap to fix - easy to fix, and muck around with.

Don't make the mistake I did and sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2003

25th Apr 2009, 06:59

Yes I go along with all you said. And what I really like about that engine is if and when the timing belt goes, the valves and piston's do not become acquainted! Great old car's.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review