1984 Ford Escort Ghia 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Nothing remarkable, but easy to live with
Rust resulted in large portions of the car having to be welded, including: sills, front crossmember, battery tray and rear valance.
Engine would sometimes refuse to start when warm, never fixed.
Original gearbox had failed and been replaced with a 4 speed unit from a Fiesta!
Hints that the head gasket may have been about to go.
Reasonably light and responsive and so felt quite quick, especially as my first car.
It didn't handle very well mind, especially with the very cheap tyres I fitted to it!
It was already old and quite tired when I got it, but the interior was OK and it generally got me from A-B without too much fuss, so it was OK.
It was a car I had always wanted, ever since seeing it new at the 1984 motorshow at the NEC, but then by 1996 it wasn't quite as special anymore!
I don't regret buying it though, at least it wasn't the typical small engined low-spec supermini most people end up with. I even had central locking, a digital clock and 4 speakers! Such luxury!
Most of the chrome trim was even still attached to the car... :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2009