1997 Ford Escort CX 1.6 petrol
A no frills, fairly economical and reliable runabout, if slightly underpowered
The airbag warning light begins to flash when-ever the seats are moved.
The "intelligent" key occasionally fails to register with the ignition, activating the immobilizer and security locking the radio.
The outside edges of the rear tires wear quite badly.
I bought this car as a "shopping trolley", but have been pleasantly surprised by the way it has responded to the rigors of two hour daily return commute.
The interior is wearing well, and shows few signs of having travelled 180,000 kilometers.
The electrics play up from time to time, but being the entry level specification model there aren't that many electric accessories to play up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th April, 2004
23rd May 2005, 13:25
I have the same problem with the air bag light is this a mot failure?
8th Oct 2005, 15:20
The fault would be a WoF (NZ Warrant of fitness) failure, however it is an intermittent fault, caused by slightly 'crusty' connectors under the seat. So far, disconnecting, cleaning and reconnecting has resulted in the light staying off. And - the Escort now has 220,000 on the clock, and is due for replacement. running costs still good, although the front struts have worn, resulting in huge negative camber and excessive tyre wear.