1983 Ford Cortina Reviews

1983 Ford Cortina LDV 3.0 V6 from South Africa

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Don't Know
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired69154 kilometres
Most recent distance97628 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80


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

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 cylinder OHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10


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.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews