1986 Ford Escort Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1986 Ford Escort GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired52600 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Mini

Summary:

Boring and rusty

Faults:

Persistently, the engine was damp. It didn't like the cold.

Rear lights suffered from condensation, thus effected the electrics.

Starter motor packed up.

1st gear is difficult to select.

The car failed its MOT on severe rust - shocking for a 1986 metallic Ford.

General Comments:

For one of the most respected car manufacturers in the world, Ford should be ashamed about this particular model.

Plenty of room for family/friends and quite comfortable.

A nondescript car - ideal for common criminals.

Keep a flask of coffee in the car, it is boring to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2001

31st Jul 2001, 13:14

Failed it's MOT on rust at 14 years old?, think yourself lucky, most Escort's from this era were lucky to last 10 years before the bodywork fell to bits - metallic or not!

22nd Jan 2002, 13:36

1988 1.4 GL - 108,000 miles - Still a good little runner. Experienced the 'damp rear light' problem. Replaced the bulb holder and plugs, sealed the perished rear light gaskets with bathroom sealant. No more damp problem! I don't expect it to perform like a Ferrari, but it still gets me from A to B quite comfortably. All in all, a good little car for its age.

1986 Ford Escort GL 1.6 petrol from Romania

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 kilometres
Most recent distance198000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Scirocco

Summary:

One of the best even by today's standards

Faults:

The gear box only needed few repairs.

General Comments:

The safest and easier to handle (best road holding) car I ever drove in almost 1,200,000 km I have made up to now (other cars driven were VW Scirocco, Golf III 1994 model, Passat III 1994 and 1996 models, Toyota Corolla 1996 and 2000 models, Land Cruiser HZJ80 and BJ75, Mazda 323 1993 model, Alfa Romeo Berlina 1968 model, Renault 5 1985 model and Clio 1997 model, etc.)

My opinion is based on my driving style which is pretty "sporty".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2001

1986 Ford Escort RS Turbo 1.6 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carNissan Primera ZX

Summary:

Rapid

Faults:

Clutch slipping.

A couple of water pipes.

Brake pads and tyres.

General Comments:

Don't buy a cheap nail, it will cost dearly, shop around and get a good one, and you will not be disappointed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2000

1986 Ford Escort RS Turbo 1.6i turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.6i turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Everything! Being an old car, I have had to spend around £1200 getting the engine up to speed. With this I am making moves to install a 2 litre block.

General Comments:

N/A

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 1999

1986 Ford Escort RS Turbo 1.6 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Not a lot, only exhaust and battery in 2 years.

General Comments:

Damm fine car, a little bit of tuning of the engine and suspension and there isn't another hot hatch that can get near it. If only Ford had done a little bit more with the looks and interior (like the RS1600i) everybody would be driving them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 1999

1986 Ford Escort Ghia 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Front shocks, windscreen wiper motor, starter motor, battery.

General Comments:

Last of the Mk3s - good, reliable, cheap to repair car. Well looked after by previous owners. All the things that went wrong weren't serious and mostly "consumables". Brakes are not that efficient - couple of heart stopping moments!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

1986 Ford Escort Ghia 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Almost certain rep abuse - so plenty of minor things like engine mounts to be replaced after purchase.

Front wheel alignment became easily disturbed - Ford garage embarked on a wild-goose chase - couldn't solve - blamed problem on 175/70 tyres I fitted to standard rims. Private mechanic found Ford had replaced steering rack wrongly (!) and traced fault to perished rubber shock mountings. This information might save someone £

General Comments:

Things were wearing out, but the old shed always started and never broke down in 5 years. Sold at 110k with plenty of unrefined miles left in it.

Good economy and acceleration from the cement mixer CVH engine.

VV carb with autochoke is a curse - especially in the cold.

Slick gearbox.

Excellent high-geared steering but poor turning circle.

Brakes could be a lot better.

Rust becomes a problem on the chassis.

Rear suspension - being independent - really seems to grip but fit some decent front shocks because that doesn't grip so well - especially in the wet.

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

Review Date: 10th January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 16 reviews