1980 Ford Escort GL 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A fun car to drive and also a piece of rally racing history
Dashboard has begun to crack.
Minor oil leak.
Seats have been worn badly.
Electrics to the heater needed to be replaced.
Small amount of rust formed to the boot lid.
This car is a sleeper. Its a pocket rocket waiting to happen in the right hands.
Clutch is relatively light and gear changes are seamless.
The 1.6 litre engine pumping about 44kw of power allows brisk acceleration in peak hour traffic.
With that said, the back end may get a bit swirly when in loose terrain (I.e. A gravel driveway)
Steering seems heavy for a car that weighs less the 1000kg.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th July, 2001