1991 Ford Telstar Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1991 Ford Telstar Ghia 1.8 EFI

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 kilometres
Most recent distance167000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Cordia

Summary:

A cheap, economical car

Faults:

68200kms: Radiator disintegrated.

69000kms: Transmission changing very harshly between 1-2 and 2-3. Sometimes sticking in 3rd on cold mornings. Dealer reluctantly repaired under warranty, but still has the same problem.

95300kms: 3 front engine oil seals all started leaking at the same time and had to be replaced.

98000kms: Transmission HOLD light flashing from time to time on dash board. Dealer says it's nothing to worry about and not worth fixing as it is just a wiring fault in the selector.

99600kms: Transmission HOLD light comes on and stays on at the same time as the engine computer dies suddenly in the middle of peak hour traffic leaving car completely dead. (turns out the HOLD light also acts as a warning light. It was coming on because as the computer was failing it was not communicating with the transmission) Repair bill for computer, $1500. Causing a 10km traffic jam, priceless.

General Comments:

Over all I am happy with this car.

Even now it only uses about 1 liter of oil for every 10,000kms traveled. It gets very good gas economy and is nice to drive.

I can't say the same for the Ford dealer service I have experienced though. If anything stops me buying another Ford it would be that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2004

1991 Ford Telstar GL 2.0 litre

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres

Summary:

Good family vehicle

General Comments:

Good power when you need it.

Tad too much on the gas side of things, especially with todays petrol prices.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2001

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews