1980 Ford Escort GL Mk2 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


A fun car, but ready for the workshop or the wrecking yard


The clutch had started slipping soon after I bought it. It was replaced and I haven't had a problem with it since.

The welsh plugs were rusted out on purchase. This is a cheap fix as the engine does not have to be removed from the bay as with some other vehicles.

The exhaust headers had rusted through completely.

Water leak behind dashboard.

The drivers side internal door handle is not functioning. The connecting rod to the latch had snapped, something to be wary of as parts are near impossible to find.

The drivers side window winder seal disconnected from the window. This is an easy and cheap fix.

The radiator needed to be re-cored.

General Comments:

I really loved driving this car, it is fun and the handling is very responsive. The four speed gearbox is a real pleasure, I have driven many different manual vehicles, but the shift on the Escort is perfect. No to slushy and not to clunky.

The engine is very poky and has quality power for a 2.0 four cylinder. Unfortunately it loves to burn oil and although this hasn't caused me any problems, leaving the car trailing in a cloud of smoke is a little embarassing. Be sure to regularly check the oil.

You will be hard pressed to find an Escort devoid of rust, the areas you should check are in between the roof and front quarter panels, under the carpet of the driver and passenger side (you may find the floor is badly deteriorated here, also check that the carpet is not wet) and around the boot.

When I originally bought the car it was extremely prone to overheating, but after the radiator had been re-cored it was never a problem. The radiators are quite small so it is important that they are working well.

The interior is in very poor condition, the seats and dashboard are cracked, the carpets do not sit right and the heating does not function at all. The guages all work fine and funnily enough the cigarette lighter is in perfect working order.

All in all I have been quite happy with the Escort and while I will soon be putting it out to pasture, I will be sorry to see it go. If however I was in the market for an Escort I would be looking for a car to restore not as something to drive on a regular basis.

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

Review Date: 17th August, 2002

1980 Ford Escort RS 2000 2lt Pinto from Australia and New Zealand


Unique looking 70s classic


The clutch release bearing seized, battery died.

General Comments:

Nice 70s classic, has a sporty feel for it's age and has been very faithful to me from the day I got it. Car was well maintained by previous owner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2002

1980 Ford Escort L 1.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A faithful workhorse just about ready to retire


When I got the car the two speed heater fan sometimes made a nasty noise like fingernails down a blackboard.

After a cold season that meant the heater fan was used quite a bit, it made the noise more often, and finally the fan failed completely. The heater works, but without the fan won't really demist the windows unless I drive really fast.

Lots of things don't work - temperature gauge, oil warning light, clock.

Front seat came off the floor, but another seat was easy to come by.

After a while a spring popped up from the front passenger seat and stabbed my friend in the bottom.

General Comments:

For a car that's done nearly 300000km this is pretty impressive. The engine is reconditioned, but still leaks oil so fast there's a massive patch of oil on the road outside my house.

This was a driving school car for its first ten years, so it won't have been treated all that well. But some things still work - two bars of the rear window de-mister still work.

It's economical and reliable.

The paint is fading very baldly, but it has done a lot of kms.

Since the heater fan doesn't work, and we get cold icy winters, I've got a more modern car that can demist. It's just about at the end of its life, but it's been a long life. There's no rust and it still goes, so someone will want it. A good car after all it's been through.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2002