Ford Meteor Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 3 of 4

1985 Ford Meteor GB 1.5

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired275 kilometres
Most recent distance370 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Sigma

Summary:

A very practical, reliable and economical car

Faults:

Speed needle jumping. I simply replaced cable.

Stalling at roundabout. Replaced petrol filter.

Blinker switch failed. Went to wreckers, plenty available from 323, meteor, laser even 626, or new if preferred.

Clock died. Loose connector only, but plenty available at wreckers.

Perished plastic knobs, handles carpet or seats. Still some nice clean seats at wreckers for $50 a pair.

I am fully restoring my red meteor back to showroom just for the hell of it. Contact me at scenicphoto@hotmail.com for a chat. - Jim.

General Comments:

I have nearly replaced all of the interior with nice well-looked after examples. Mind you I have picked over dozens of cars over the past 2-3 years.

For the best mechanical care and brake servicing go to an ABS franchise located in every state. My brakes use to lock-up causing a slide,-not anymore.

I can tell you all about stopping RUST and how to cure a wet boot. I've cured, not covered over EVERY rust causing problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2003

1984 Ford Meteor GB 1.5L Stock

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5L Stock Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired47500 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres

Summary:

Super Cheap Auto!

Faults:

Nothing. I haven't had any problems with the car. My Grandfather owned the car before me and he was a Mechanical Engineer, therefore the car is close to showroom condition.

General Comments:

The motor takes too long to warm-up in the morning, particularly colder mornings.

The engines a bit sluggish and the automatic gearbox is extremely poorly geared. A 5sp manual would be so much better!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2003

1986 Ford Meteor GC 1.6L

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Few things wrong, but easily fixed

Faults:

The transmission seal had a large leak. I had to refill the transmission once a week.

Sometimes the automatic choke gets stuck on.

T-bar safety button often gets stuck in, after pressing it in to select a different gear.

The starter motor is on its way out.

General Comments:

Generally good car.

Good on petrol consumption.

Generally comfortable.

Easy steering, which is important to me as I am a small person and do not have much strength.

The car picks up well and it handles great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2003

1986 Ford Meteor Ghia 1.6L 4-Cylinder

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6L 4-Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10

Summary:

Great firs car

Faults:

Nothing as of yet, but today while driving the speedometer was jumping up and down within 10km of the speedometer, is it just loose?

Nothing else has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This car handles really well as it's a front wheel drive, taking corners faster is a lot easier.

Engine is reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2003

1984 Ford Meteor GA 1.6

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance280523 kilometres

Summary:

Quick little beast

Faults:

It tends to over heat when racing down the 1/4 mile.

General Comments:

This car has a lot speed as I've got it up to 165km in the forth gear. Also I had a full car load of people.

I'm droping a 2 litre vtec into it and then may twin turbo it. I'm going to do it up to the Max. Paint, body kit, Interior and the rest.

A cheap way to make this car go faster is to get a K&N air filter it helps improve speed by a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th May, 2003

1983 Ford Meteor Ghia 1.5 litre

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

A great little car!

Faults:

The radiator pipe burst.

Seats have sunken.

General Comments:

This car has been going very good since I got it, and believe me I push it to its limits.

Even though its front wheel drive and I can't pop many burnouts in it, it can still do some pretty neat stuff.

I really need to get new seats though as they are extremly sunken and are very low.

I would recommend a meteor to anyone, especially as a first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2003

20th Jun 2003, 01:51

I've just bought an 83-85 Meteor Ghia for $1900, haven't picked it up yet as it is currently being worked on (Exhaust Bracket being welded, new windscreen, new clutch, and new handbrake shoe) he's doing all this and getting a roadworthy on it before I pick it up next week, have I got a good deal? the car is known inside and out as this guy is our mechanic and has been servicing the car all its life, and knows it's been looked after... also, is there anything cheap I can do to the little beast to make performance that bit better? and how much do you think a rear door would be worth down at the wreckers? keep it real :) Dave.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 15 reviews