1989 Ford Scorpio Reviews from UK and Ireland

1989 Ford Scorpio Ghia 12V 3.0i

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0i Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance101000 miles
Previous carFord Orion


Fast, but expensive to keep


Cooling system.

Fan belt.

Fan broke.



Cruise control.


Entire dash stop working when traveling in south of france (the fuse box melted)

Oil sensor.



General Comments:

Very nice car to drive, but I had such a bad experience with mine I will never buy one again.

The car was overheating when I bought it and ford was totally unable to fix it.

A friend mechanic find the blockage and replace fan+fan belt+water pipe etc.

The PAS died 3 month later and on holiday in the south of France the entire electrics died (no speedo no light no electric window.. no nothing)

It took 2 weeks for to guy in France to fix it. the connection in the fuse boxes had melted.

So why did I keep repairing it??

Well, the drive was unbelievable, at 140 the car was still sucking the road, extremely comfortable (like a big Mercedes) and the 3 litre engine was nice and smooth and when needed very fast.

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

Review Date: 8th July, 2002

1989 Ford Scorpio 2.9 petrol

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 2.9 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10


Power steering jerky, window switches have gone wrong, gearbox failed, water pump failed, 2 batteries and a new exhaust in 4 years.

General Comments:

Best car I've ever had! It still drives superbly although expensive on tyres and petrol. But I put up with that for the luxury.

Rear arches are starting to rot, but at 145,000 miles I expect the odd bit of body wear. Part of the family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 1997

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews