1983 Ford Cortina LDV 3.0 V6


Best I've ever owned


Front wheel bearings.


Brake booster.

Steering rack.

General Comments:

Every morning I stand outside and admire her; in my personal opinion the most beautiful vehicle ever built.

Fuel consumption averages 10km/liter.

I live and work in the Rural Kalahari, all of the repairs necessary have been as a result of the extremely bad roads she travels every day.

Power, economy and good looks, if only it came standard with air-con.

Ford odometers at the time clocked over at 100,000km, so not sure of actual mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2010

1974 Ford Cortina XLE 3.0 essex V6


The best Ford ever build in South Africa


The front suspension rubbers collapsed at about 165,000 Kilometres. The car's ignition was worn out badly the last year, and I replaced it with a secondhand unit from a Mk V Cortina.

The gearbox also does not stay in second gear of you decellerate (but that is after more than 280,000 Km).

I replaced the rings, oil pump, bearings and water pump at 300,000 Km.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable and very quick if one takes the model and the kilometres it has done. I can take on the latest 325 BMW and cars in that class without being ashamed. I recently experimented with a camshaft replacement (very mild cam 2000 to 6200 road) and I can tell you it worked very well. I can get a speed of +- 210 km/h at about 5700 RPM. This thing goes!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2002