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1990 Ford Corsair Ghia 2.4L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4L Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Leone

Summary:

Unreal! It's just too good to sell

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car! I can't believe it. Simply a great car. I service it once a year and it runs perfectly.

General Comments:

Very good car on the highway, as it has plenty of power to overtake slower cars, and zoom up hills. Very comfortable to drive, and the transmission has a handy economy switch if you wish to save on fuel a bit. But it's generally pretty good anyway so I have it on the power option.

My car is a hatchback, and the boot is ridiculously big. Every now and then I think about getting a newer car, but there really is no point. This car shows no signs of stopping anytime soon, so I really can't justify replacing it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2008

1990 Ford Corsair Ghia 2.4L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres

Summary:

A very good car with a huge boot!

Faults:

Power windows have failed. Apart from that, nothing has ever gone wrong with this car! Amazing.

General Comments:

Great car, very nice to drive, maybe a bit thirsty on fuel, given the size of the engine, but at least it goes when you put your foot down.

The Ghia interior is very nice, and the stereo is surprisingly good.

The huge boot in the hatch is a definite plus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2007

1990 Ford Corsair Ghia 2.4 EFi from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 EFi Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 kilometres
Most recent distance94300 kilometres

Summary:

Expensive if it breaks, but a pretty good car if it doesn't.

Faults:

Two faulty fuel injectors had to be replaced immediately after purchase. Immediately after receiving car from repairs, the other two fuel injectors became faulty and required repair.

Left front power window motor doesn't work properly, and not at all on occasions.

Brake master cylinder has leak.

Steering hood is cracked.

Power steering pump fluid leaks badly. Frequent refills of the fluid simply cause more of it to leak out at a faster rate.

Badly worn suspension makes for very stiff and uncomfortable ride. Despite high ground clearance, under body of car often scrapes on curbs.

Rear parking lights do not work. Have checked the bulbs, which are fine, so the wiring must be faulty.

Right front parking light also does not work for the same reason.

General Comments:

Overall, a decent car for your first one.

Drives easily, with very light steering and responsive throttle. Brakes are somewhat weak, but this can be easily adjusted to. With very little difficulty one can drive this car smoothly and comfortably.

Good room in both front and rear, and a very large boot. Excellent headroom all round due to box-like shape. Good vision around the car as well.

Good fuel economy considering large-for-its-time 2.4 litre engine in only a medium sedan. Good power above 3,000 rpm and very quiet below 2,500. Nice exhaust note when pushed hard, although tyre roar drowns this out at highway speeds.

Luxury model is well equipped: front and rear power windows, air conditioning, power steering, electric mirrors, velour seats/trim, surprisingly good sound system for standard fitting.

Good car all round, just make sure you get a warranty from the dealer because a lot of things going wrong adds up very quickly to a lot of money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2006

2nd Apr 2008, 22:45

The comments of this reviewer relate to a specific car. Their car may have been the proverbial heap of poo when they bought it, and not properly looked after by its previous owner, however the class of vehicle is good.

Given the apparent low K's either someone didled the Odo or the motor has been thrashed.

If the power steering fluid leaks then the container needs to be fixed. Same for Brake master cylinder. The vehicle is basically a nissan. Get the parts from Nissan and avoid the markup made by Ford.

As for the rear "park lights" They are reverse lights only. The park lights as such are in the brake lights.

1990 Ford Corsair 2.0L petrol CB20 Twin Spark from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol CB20 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

The Ford Corsair (U12 Nissan Pintara) is high maintenance motor

Faults:

The head gasket blew at 280,000km, due to on going problems with the cooling system. ie, thermostat, blocked radiator, leaky radiator. Replaced with a second hand motor. $350 from wreckers + labour.

Since I have had the car back, I have had persistent problems with the running gear including missing bolts, causing the rear engine mount bracket to crack and break, and the exhaust manifold breaking its seal (dodgy workmanship).

Replaced a clutch slave cylinder after a piston caused excessive wear. The clutch was also replaced when the engine was done. $50 approx. for the slave cylinder.

Suspension has worn badly giving the car terrible handling and ride. Will cost approx. $700 to repair.

Brake master cylinder rear seal is leaking, have not repaired as yet, but expecting to cost $30 for a replacement (wreckers) or reconditioned item.

Cracked dashboard, sagging roof lining, broken boot release.

C.V. joints replaced at 290,000, $320.

General Comments:

Generally the car is a bomb, but considering the amount of km it has done, it is expected.

It has extractors and a K&N air filter, which did make a big difference in response. The car still reaches 180km/h (don't ask how I know) and considering how old it is, I am surprised by the performance, quick response and generally good handling. Good torque for a 2L engine.

With a bit of TLC, it would be worth keeping and can be made to look the part. Will cost about $1500 to get to the point where I would be happy with it. Has a tough gearbox and the engine can take a beating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2006

30th May 2006, 11:19

I've got a 1990 Corsair that's done about 94,000 ks, and I've also had problems with leaks in the brake master cylinder, as well as worn suspension that results in very poor ride. Far fewer kilometres, but similar problems. Food for thought.

26th Jul 2006, 04:16

I've also had problems with my Ford Corsair, it's a 1991 model.

I have already spent over 1500 dollars on a general service, rear and front brake pads and calliper reconditioning, also 4 new tyres.

I may need to eventually replace the master cylinder, and I am having major problems with the cooling system within the car.

On top of this its not helping that I use my car for my job.

I am going to buy a new thermostat tomorrow, at a cost of around 20 dollars.

I am glad that I am not the only one having coolant problems with this particular model, it sounds like it's a common problem.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews