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1982 Ford Escort XR3 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired24600 miles
Most recent distance238540 miles
Previous carRover - Austin P6

Summary:

Early 80s hot-hatch that still has head turning appeal

Faults:

Now that the car is getting on a bit... nearly 21 year old its getting a bit troublesome.

Recently had the original clutch replaced, this began to slip due to the gearbox eating its bearings, this also needed replacing.

Its has had the front inner and outer wings replaced due to wing top and inner arch corrosion.

Numerous rear wheel bearings (possibly due to suspension wear)

And now its off the road because of lights and electrical failure... (any one know where I cab get some Indicator stalks..lol)

General Comments:

When I bought the car it came at a modest price (less than 500 UK) with a private plate. but I determined it to be a late 1982 late X/ early Y.

I was quite obsessive at the time as I had always wanted an XR3, so research found that it was one of the first with a 5 speed box, but at the same time one of the last with the blue trim seats, they have been changed, but more about that in a minute.

I replaced the dashboard clocks with white faced clocks for better visability in the dark.

I also got hold of a 1985 RS turbo interior so in it went much more sporty Recaros.

It is now an everyday runner (it used to be a show car until we had children) and as I mentioned it is starting to wear down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2002

1982 Ford Escort XR3 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 miles
Most recent distance125 miles

Summary:

Becoming a classic sports car

Faults:

As per normal XR3 faults.

Battery box needed welding, or front passenger paddling pool.

Front brake discs.

Ignition faults.

Radiator.

Valves.

Rear wheel bearings.

General Comments:

This car is great and looks the business. That's why insurance companies hate it, everyone wants one.

Fun to drive and comfortable.

Turns on a sixpence.

If buying check the brakes as older ones wobble when the brakes are pressed.

You will probably need to replace the rear bearings at every other MOT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2001

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 6 reviews