1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 1.6 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland
A beautiful performance pocket rocket
Nothing at all, the car has been 100% reliable since the day I purchased.
Great fun and lovely to drive. Steering can be heavy for parking and town driving but that is not what the car is about. Performance is outstanding with the few modifications I have done, the car will go as quick as you want to go without skipping a beat. They certainly still turn heads, even after 15 years. How many other cars still do that?
Cannot recommend highly enough, but make sure you buy a good one. These cars are now 15 years old and most have seen better days. Be prepared to spend a bit more to buy a proper, straight example.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th August, 2000
31st Mar 2001, 12:53
I don't believe the car has never missed a beat, I've had loads of them, there a good laugh but always go wrong...
22nd Apr 2001, 12:40
I've had one for fifteen years, mine isn't always going wrong. Maybe you know something I don't. Tell me more?
7th Dec 2003, 04:38
I owned one for 13 years, and the only thing that went wrong was the switch for the boot interior light.
They might not have the build integrity of VWs of similar vintage, but look after them and they're fine.
Problem is, far too many have been thrashed and abused.
I had to look at 21 cars (twenty-one) before I found one I was happy with, and this was when they were just 3 years old.
God help you now.
5th Jan 2004, 14:24
I've had my S1 For over a Year now, A true rare classic, She's had her fair share of problems though and bits are hard to find, Even with the niggly problems I wouldn't swap her for the world.
Series 1 The one and only 1 :)
10th Jun 2005, 14:30
Good S1 RS Turbo's are still around. I had first refusal on a friends car and had to wait 4 years before it was sold to me.
The main thing is to get one with as little rust as possible as they are prone to rust in a couple of MOT testable areas.
The body kit can also hide rust behind it.