1971 Ford Cortina Review

1971 Ford Cortina Mk3 XL 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired43000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

The best car Ford ever produced

Faults:

Had to replace the alternator

The car has had a new master cylinder

New clutch fitted.

General Comments:

My car has stood the test of time by not failing any mot's since it was built in 1972

The car has had its first respray in 2004 and the original paint still was OK, but needed tidying

The car is a lovely ride far better than the newer cars ford produced

Although the car only has a 1.6 engine this pulls the car quite well if driven properly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2004

4th Aug 2005, 20:01

Your ONSLOW aren't you? How is Hyacith? And Daisy?

30th Apr 2008, 17:01

My first car was a Mk3 Cortina. I admit the handling was poor but like you, I agree that the gearchange was wonderful. I'd love another because they're so refreshing compared to modern cars.

2nd Aug 2010, 15:06

Plus, they are worth a lot of money now. People pay a lot of cash to get themselves a clean MK3 Cortina these days.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review