1981 Ford Cortina Taunus Savoy 2.0 gasoline from Philippines
Can be a great car to drive once you've learned how to get the parts
The radiator leaked within 2 days of acquisition; got it overhauled pronto.
The air-conditioner was rather weak; had it overhauled. Now satisfactory.
The authentic Ford-authorized propeller shaft coupling (propeller cushion) is not available here. The local or Chinese-made replacements are only good for 3 days, a month at the most (if you minimize use of the car).
A replacement coupling can, however, be fabricated from used tractor tires, and may last a year or two, according to local car mechanics.
This car is generally reliable, comfortable to drive and ride.
Its dwindling number on Philippine streets seems to be mainly due to unavailability of parts, which, in turn, seems to be due to lack of interest on the part of the manufacturer to provide them.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th June, 2001
Re your propeller shaft coupling. I also had a similar problem with my 1975 Ford Cortina. I had to replace coupling every few months. Instead of trying to fabricate a coupling, I had my mechanic install a straight steel pipe in place of the propeller. Pipe is heavier than original propeller but it did the job. Its been in place since 1993 and its given me no problems. Car is in great shape!
Makati, Metro Manila
I do believe that there is still room for the Ford Cortina here in the Philippines. Parts is somewhat a problem here, but this particular model is quite popular in Australia so if you have a credit card or some money to spare, I don't think this'll be a problem. there are also a lot of Cortina car clubs out there that might be of help to you in terms of tech guide or tips. These things might be come off as being a hassle to some, but if you really like the car, looking for the right help could be worth it.
I previously owned a 1978 Ford Cortina and I think it was great. The transmission of this model was quite sweet indeed along with the power that the 1.6 brought out. Ford also intentionally had the Cortina ride a little lower to the ground for better handling and it looked good this way as well.