1986 Ford Escort GL 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Boring and rusty
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.
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.