Ford Elite Reviews from North America

1975 Ford Elite Limited Edition 400C 4V

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership1978
Most recent year of ownership1981
Engine and transmission 400C 4V Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Lemon

Faults:

Where do I begin?

Trying to drive off the lot, it would not start. Severe electrical problems later arose. Kept draining the battery, one even exploded in my face.

Speedometer broke in the first year.

Kept over heating.

Brakes kept failing.

Kept breaking shock mounts.

Alignment would not keep tight.

After the electrical problems arose the dash (electric) went out.

Power steering pump went out.

This was all before the car had 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

Every time someone mentions the Elite, I cringe.

My brother had a '76 Elite at the same time, he never had any troubles with his.

In the first year I owned it (bought it at three years with 30,000 miles) the electrical problems came up, kept draining the battery, killed my dash panel and had trouble starting. There was a short someplace, and while jumping the car one cold November day, the battery exploded in my face.

The speedometer cable broke.

The brakes would fail with no notice and drain all the brake fluid. Master cylinder was bad.

Power steering pump went bad.

Could not keep the alignment straight.

Kept breaking the upper shock mount on the right front.

All signs of a major crash I guess.

Even though it had all these problems before the 90 day warranty expired, the local Ford dealer refused to fix anything after that. And only did a botch job before the warranty expired.

I screamed at the Service and sales managers and they offered to give me half what I paid for the car on trade. Needless to say, I told them I would consider a Datsun first.

I bought the car in November of 78, went into the Navy in January of 81. The car sat in the driveway for 18 months before I left for boot camp. When I came home 5 months later, it was, thankfully gone.

It was a real nice looking car, never rusted, just couldn't keep it on the road.

I should have kept my '71 Mach I.

When I got to my duty station in San Diego, I bought a Coupe DeVille.

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

Review Date: 3rd December, 2009

1974 Ford Elite 351 Cleveland

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 351 Cleveland Automatic
Previous carFord Elite

Summary:

Fantastic

General Comments:

I bought this car in 1988 from a Guy who couldn't get the car started. He was so mad at the car he sold it to me for 200.00 I was 20 years old. The car had oxidized black paint with a dirty, but immaculate interior. It needed a rear floor pan and the full vinyl roof was shot. I dropped a gallon of gas in it and it started right up. The gas gauge had broken and the guy had apparently not checked the fuel. The engine was an after market 351c with a 4bbl and c6 transmission. I compounded the paint and found a nice shiny paint hiding underneath. I installed a set of headers, Changed the floorpan and rear carpet, Put some Cragers with 60's all around. Beefed the suspension with Lincoln Springs and Air Shocks to tighten the suspension a bit. I changed the vinyl top to match the red interior and installed a Alpine stereo in it. The car was immaculate and had all the power and Muscle you could ever ask for. It rode on the highway like a Lincoln and had the performance and style of a Mustang. I have kicked myself a million times since I got rid of the car. Truth be told it was the perfect mix of style and muscle and probably one of the nicest cars I ever had the privilege of owning. Drkstr22@aol.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2005

1976 Ford Elite 351 windsor

Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership1976
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 351 windsor Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carFord Torino Elite

Summary:

Another 70's pimpin' ride in great shape

Faults:

Dash panel started squeaking in the 80's for some reason. Later (1990) we had to replace the dash gauge assembly because it literally fell apart. The plastic was super brittle and it just crumbled in my hands.

This past summer I had to replace the fuel tank because it rusted out.

The usual things, plugs, tuneups etc. had to replace the oil pressure sensor unit twice now.

It also leaks oil from the main bearing ends.

General Comments:

The car has been in the family since 1976 and we have had a good experience with it. We used to drive from Lincoln, NE to Cheyenne, WY ever summer, and it was great on the highways. Best cruises at 75 or 80 mph.

Compared to todays cars, it's very floaty on its large tires and the long hood is very intimidating to those new to long hooded 70's yachts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2003

4th Jun 2005, 23:15

I am 19 years old. I fell in love with my '76 Ford Elite coming up on my 17th birthday. My father bought it for me and surprised me with it on my 17th birthday.

It had just 94,000 miles on the clock, but was kept in perfect condition. The original paint was glossy, the intirior was just as beautiful as the day it rolled off of the assembly line.

I have enjoyed that car for two years. I will admit I have ran into the problem of the dash crumbling, and am currently rebuilding it. I have replaced the am/fm radio with a Pyle CD player, and under the hood my 400 big block sports a chrome air cleaner, and chrome oil vent. My exhaust is fed through dual glass pack mufflers and tipped with chrome tips.

Now I know that many of you readers will be angry because I haven't kept my Elite original, but I will guarantee that the olive green intirior with the shag carpet, and the creamy yellow paint will stay.

At the end of the day, I love my car. Every time I get in it, roll down the electric windows, set the cruise at 70 mph, turn on my favorite song, and listen to my up to date stereo system, and the rumble of my '76 car... I fall in love all over again.

I plan on starting a family, and letting my son take my '76 Elite to his Prom just like I did.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews