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.
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