1978 Ford Escort Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1978 Ford Escort L 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

Reliable, good to drive, comfortable and excellent value for money

Faults:

Gearbox started rattling after 129,000 miles and had to be replaced.

Brake cable snapped after 136,000 miles and was also replaced.

Started to go rusty towards the end.

General Comments:

Engine was as smooth as silk right up to the end. Bodywork started to show its age though.

Previous car was a 1973 Ford Cortina which lasted well until 178,000 miles when the engine blew up!

The 1978 Ford Escort was a really good car. It drove well and the mechanicals only rarely showed their age. After all, the car was 22 years old and had driven 148,000 miles by the time I sold it. It went to my younger brother for £20 and I bought a 93L Ford Fiesta 1.4 Ghia for £1,000, which had covered 56,000 miles. I had the Fiesta for 3 years, by which time it had covered 75,000 miles, and I sold it to a workmate for £400. Now I have a 96P Ford Scorpio 2.9 V6 which I bought for £2,500 and has now covered close to 100,000 miles. The Fiesta was quite good and the Scorpio is powerful and comfortable, but the Escort is far more reliable than any other car I've owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2004

1978 Ford Escort 4 Door Ghia 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance53100 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

An all time star on the road and track

Faults:

Not much as at the moment I am in the middle of restoring it.

The 3.0S Capri engine that is going in is sweet as well as the type 9 5 speed gearbox. So that's about it.

General Comments:

The best classic anyone could ever ask for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2003

28th Mar 2004, 05:37

What age is the Capri motor that fits into the escort cause I own a 2 door escort 2L and want to fit a bigger motor into it?

1978 Ford Escort MK2 Ghia 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired13078 miles
Most recent distance14124 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Brilliant nostalgic motoring

Faults:

The only problem I have encountered during my ownership is a faulty ignition switch. The engine has been around the clock, but still serves well. It also leaks oil, but that is expected of a car this old. The interior is like new, without any blemishes at all. I would definitely buy another classic ford as I think that they are better than modern fords, even though I'm only 20 years of age.

General Comments:

An exceptional car when looked after properly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

4th Jul 2005, 01:06

I am nearing the completion of a Mk2 2litre SOHC. The car has been great fun in the rebuilding phase. A fair amount of rust to remove in boot, D pillars, front guards and plenum chamber. Other wise fairly clean. I now look forward to getting it on the road.

16th Apr 2008, 14:41

Can you run the Mk2 Escort on unleaded petrol?

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews