1986 Ford Escort GL '86 special edition Estate 1.4 CVH petrol from UK and Ireland
Unbelievably reliable car, ideal first car / university car
Radio aerial didn't work when I bought the car.
Radiator had to be replaced at 86 000.
Distributor replaced at 94 000.
Ignition module replaced at 112 000.
Carburettor replaced at 115 000.
Had to have lots of welding done. Rust was the biggest problem with this car - as it is with any Ford of this age.
The car was amazingly comfortable, every passenger commented on it. I drove 700 miles, taking 14 hours in one day, and I still felt as though I could drive further.
Mechanically very reliable. Even after sitting on the drive for four weeks (after being diagnosed with terminal rust), the car started first time.
You do have to know how to start a CH engine - two quick pumps of the gas pedal before you turn the ignition over.
Very easy to maintain and work on. All parts easily accessed.
I bought the car in 2005 for £300. I had the car serviced every 6 months, and it never let me down in nearly 5 years. It was used (and dare I say abused) as my first car, and also used to transport cadets and luggage around for camps.
I was gutted to get rid of it, but £600 of welding just couldn't be justified.
If you can find one, the Mark IV Escort really is a good buy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2010