1983 Ford Cortina LDV 3.0 V6 from South Africa


Best I've ever owned


Front wheel bearings.


Brake booster.

Steering rack.

General Comments:

Every morning I stand outside and admire her; in my personal opinion the most beautiful vehicle ever built.

Fuel consumption averages 10km/liter.

I live and work in the Rural Kalahari, all of the repairs necessary have been as a result of the extremely bad roads she travels every day.

Power, economy and good looks, if only it came standard with air-con.

Ford odometers at the time clocked over at 100,000km, so not sure of actual mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2010

1983 Ford Cortina 2.0L 4 cylinder OHC from Australia and New Zealand


A car you can live in, and want to buried in.


Only 1 thing went wrong with it the whole time I had it.

Timing belt broke (because these type of engines are non interference e.g. valves cannot touch the pistons, the repair was as simple as a $20NZ $10euro timing belt) -this was due to lack of maintenance on my behalf.

General Comments:

Very roomy car - have slept many nights in the back.

Lacks performance - but that's not what this cars about.

Will never let you down.

Cheap to fix - easy to fix, and muck around with.

Don't make the mistake I did and sell it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2003

25th Apr 2009, 06:59

Yes I go along with all you said. And what I really like about that engine is if and when the timing belt goes, the valves and piston's do not become acquainted! Great old car's.