1984 Ford Escort Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1984 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles

Summary:

Excellent first car. Small and slow!

Faults:

-Fuel pump.

-Fuel filter

The fuel pump just went bad in an intersection one night.

-Cracked water pump.

-Replaced radiator

Every time I turned my car into a parking place or parked period, water and antifreeze would pour out from under the hood.

-Braked have been replaced twice.

-Been in one accident.

-Speedometer rolled over in 1999.

General Comments:

I am a 17-year-old Escort owner. I would recomend parents to buy this car for their speed seeking teenagers. In my opinion, it is by far the slowest car on the roads today. And it is also cheap.

It occasionally stalls. But come on, it's 13 years old!

The seats are very comfortable and I put in new speakers and a CD player to make the ride more enjoyable.

It's a semi reliable car, it's old, and it's in pretty good shape. The best I've seen around.

It gets me where I'm going, it's better than walking, and the best thing of all, I can go about 2 weeks on $10 (full tank) worth of gas.

Escorts are awesome! I hope to have a 1999 Ford Escort ZX2 someday.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2002

1984 Ford Escort L 1.3 CVH from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 CVH Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired97500 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

A cheap, solid, comfortable 1st car!

Faults:

Well to be honest, not much has gone wrong with this car apart from the usual wear and tear of todays motoring. The most resent problem I had with it was the rear bearings needed changing, which wasn't expensive.

Its mainly little annoying things that happen with it, like it rattles or sometimes takes a few turns to start. Nothing drastically wrong.

General Comments:

This car is my really my first car as the Panda I bought for £50 had to be scrapped. I bought my Escort L for £275. It has got to be the best condition Escort of this age that I've seen. Its almost immaculate. The seats and steering wheel were changed before I got it to the XR3 parts, which are much more comfortable and a lot sportier. It has the standard 155 80 R13 wheels which actually handle quite well. There is quite a bit of body roll though. Its performance is well up to todays traffic with a 0-60 time of 11.5 seconds. (It will keep up with a 1.8 Vectra) Top end speed is poor (not much more than 100mph I expect) as it only has the 4 gears, which I might change to a 5 speed box one day. All in all it's a great car and I shall be sorry to see it go when I get a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2002

1984 Ford Escort L 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carRenault Fuego

Summary:

Far better choices than this

Faults:

Ground to a halt every 30 miles or so for no apparent reason.

Fuel leaked almost everywhere, despite repeated repairs.

Engine was smoky and lacked power.

Steering and suspension defective.

General Comments:

Not a very good car really. Lacked power, wasn't economical and was unreliable.

Not very comfortable either.

Not a lot going for it really.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th April, 2001

1984 Ford Escort L 1.3 from Finland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres

Summary:

A great value car with pretty good comfort

Faults:

It's a bit cranky in the morning, it runs on three cylinders from time to time... that is now in the winter. I suspect something is wrong in the carb.

Broken rear shock spring, a broken headlight bulb, in other words just normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

A nice car, I wouldn't mind travelling across the country in it. I can sit comfortably in it although I'm over 195 cm tall. I have trouble finding a comfortable position in my mother's Volvo 460, but in my Escort I've been driving for hours without a problem. In other words, quite a roomy car as long as you don't need to stuff any grownups in the backseat :)

It have never failed on me in a year of ownership. Great heating system and it's not so bad in snowy weather either. I've never got stuck with it.

It's NOT a fast car, but what can you expect from an 1.3 liter carb engine? I have had it up to 160km/h according to the speedometer, about 150 in real life. It's fast enough if I don't need to overtake something that travels faster than 100kmh.

Overall, a great little car. I'm happy with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2000

1984 Ford Escort L 1.1 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

A low-performance cheapo!

General Comments:

I bought my Escort for 700 guilders (about 200 pounds) and it just keeps on going. Of course it is a bit slow, but what would you expect from a 1100 cc engine? I built in a loud stereo-system to improve my pleasure in driving, because the Escort corners a lot less spectacularly than my Panda.

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

Review Date: 15th December, 2000

1984 Ford Escort L 1.3 from Finland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180101 kilometres
Most recent distance189391 kilometres

Summary:

A high performance car

Faults:

My teeth drop out when I drive on gravel roads... thanks to the excellent shock absorbers...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2000

2nd Dec 2000, 17:07

So what did you think in general about the car? I have bought one for my first car and it is very good for a first car. I am 17 and this is only what I could afford, but it's a great car.

1984 Ford Escort LX 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

On the first day I bought it a headlamp fuse went, also interior light faulty.

Tracking is a bit off.

General Comments:

Lovely smooth ride, a real head turner.

Starts first time every time, cheap to insure, and very nice clutch/gear control.

Suspension on a bumpy road can be a bit odd, and acceleration a little slow, but I'm just being picky.

Overall a lovely car, runs on air and a pleasure to drive...I would definitely buy another car from that dealer, very helpful and honest, too!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 1998

1984 Ford Escort GL 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Exhaust.

Starter motor.

General Comments:

Great first car...

Only cost me £450.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 1998

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 12 reviews