1978 Ford Cortina Reviews

1978 Ford Cortina TE Ghia 4.1 Lt 250 X-flow, 4speed , with hot cam from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.1 Lt 250 X-flow, 4speed , with hot cam Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired272000 kilometres
Most recent distance295000 kilometres

Summary:

Absolute beast

Faults:

Radiator blew at about 290,000 km.

Then the alternator died at 292,000 km.

And now it's only running off of 5 cylinders.

General Comments:

The power to weight ratio in my car is awesome, so she goes like the clappers.

It has really good handling at high speeds around corners and on straight roads.

And it does really good burnouts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2005

1978 Ford Cortina L 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 miles
Most recent distance211000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Allegro

Summary:

Started to show its age towards the end, but gave excellent service over a period of six years

Faults:

Rust on right front wing was so severe that it had to be replaced after 170,000 miles.

Brake cable snapped and had to be replaced after 178,000 miles.

Stereo/cassette player packed up after 183,000 miles and I didn't bother replacing it.

Blow-air heating system failed after 189,000 miles and I didn't bother replacing it.

Gearbox became faulty after 196,000 miles and had to be replaced.

Safety catch on tailgate snapped and had to be replaced after 205,000 miles.

General Comments:

Some of the car's bodywork and its gearbox began to show their age, but the Cortina's engine was as tough as old boots.

I quite enjoyed driving the Cortina and found it really comfortable as well.

When I sold the car it was 21 years old and had covered 211,000 miles.

I had paid £350 for Cortina when it was 15 years old. Six years later I sold it on a street corner for £70.

It was written off the following year by joyriders.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2004

1978 Ford Cortina Ghia 4.1L 250ci X-Flow from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1L 250ci X-Flow Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired79855 kilometres
Most recent distance81654 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

An untapped source of potential

Faults:

So far I've blown the water pump seal.

Also the points have given out so there is no spark for the engine to kick over.

The body isn't that great on it either because it has sat in a paddock for 15 years.

But I've only found one rust patch, it's under the vinyl roof it is about the size of a 50 cent piece.

General Comments:

I've been told before that these cortina's are a very quick, but I didn't know how much power they had until I bought one.

They are a lot smaller than my previous cars, but that doesn't worry me because it's very close to being the quickest six cylinder in my town.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2003

1978 Ford Cortina te Ghia 4.1 250 X-flow from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 250 X-flow Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired256000 kilometres
Most recent distance272000 kilometres
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

The best power to price ratio available

Faults:

I had to replace the clutch soon after purchasing the vehicle.

A new set of brakes were needed through out the car.

The cars are very high and must require lowering to gain more street credit.

General Comments:

Well the Cortinas are very cheap for what they are.

Sound system wise they are perfect with a nice sealed chamber trapping in the sound.

Stock tacho beatiful.

I can't get over how nice the gearing is once you get used to the beast.

I have fallen I love with Cortinas and will always have a place for them in my heart.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2003

1978 Ford Cortina TE GL 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance285000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 200B

Summary:

Ideal first car

Faults:

Gear selector stick assembly kept popping out of the gearbox.

Power brake assembly needed replacing/repairing soon after purchase.

Bad rust in the boot area, and the sills (not too bad anywhere else though).

The car was really only running on three cylinders when I bought it (rings shot) and as a result the car was burning oil like Saddam Hussein... (well, like one litre every month). I never fixed the problem.

The car usually leaked coolant, but I wasn't sure where from.

General Comments:

This car is not a bad performer for a 4 popper. I could get the car up to 160 km/h. I recommend the 4 speed manual version, as the automatics on these old cars were quite 'sloppy' (slow).

Parts are plentiful, and if you look in the right places, quite cheap (even now, for a vintage car!).

It makes a good first car, and not too bad on petrol. Nice to go on long drives in.

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

Review Date: 21st April, 2003

3rd Nov 2008, 22:47

The automatics are not slow. I have a auto Cortina and it drives harder then any new 6 I have ever driven.. if you put your foot down, it's going to pull you back in your seat. Mine spins off the line, so they can't be too SLOPPY.

1978 Ford Cortina Ghia 4.1L 256ci x-flow from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.1L 256ci x-flow Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired350000 kilometres
Most recent distance450000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

Hard to get a good one, but worth it

Faults:

My gearbox was totally stuffed when I got it. Very hard to find good second hand box.

General Comments:

This moves! with the standard 4.1L it can get to 170km/h just over 14 seconds. Drives harder than any car I've been in. Never lost a race!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews