1981 Ford Escort Reviews

1981 Ford Escort GL 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Chevette

Summary:

A very reliable car

Faults:

Cassette player began chewing up cassettes before being replaced at 28,000 miles.

Heater failed at 33,000 miles.

Gear selector cable broke at 36,000 miles.

General Comments:

Had faults with stereo, heater and gearbox.

Otherwise the Escort gave me two years of trouble-free ownership.

I also appreciated its smooth ride, splendid handling, comfortable interior and inexpensive running costs.

A bit on the expensive side to buy, at £3,000 for a two year old medium hatchback.

Held its value well.

Sold for £2,000 when it was four years and had clocked up 40,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2006

1981 Ford Escort GL 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A great family car

Faults:

Heater failed at 59,000 miles.

Car became very rattly soon after I bought it.

Driver's door handle fell off at 70,000 miles.

Interior became increasingly damp during final few months of ownership.

General Comments:

Comfortable, reliable, economical and good to drive.

As comfortable as a lounge at Buckingham Palace and would go to the moon and back on a tankful of fuel without breaking down. Handling and performance excellent for a 1.3 engine.

Bought for £1,250 when it was seven years old. Two years later I sold it for £750 and I can honestly say that it was a bargain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2005

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews