1988 Ford Escort GL 1.9 from North America


Best car I have ever owned


I have only had minor things go wrong with the car. Prior to my purchase of this vehicle, I owned a Ford Ranger. I bought this Escort to get me back and forth on my 120 mile per day commute, and the gas mileage of this car is excellent! This car had been in an accident before I bought it, and the body damage is still there, but is minor.

However, the frame up front began to separate, and it made my steering unsteady. This has been fixed, and the steering is true now.

The emergency brake handle quit working.

Goes through starter solenoids quickly.

General Comments:

I love this car and wouldn't trade it for a brand new car. Not even another Escort.

This car gets great gas mileage.

This Escort is very compact.

This Escort is very comfortable.

And, it has mildly good acceleration. Not bad for a 4 cylinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2005

1988 Ford Escort RS Turbo 1.6 turbo from UK and Ireland


Ahead of it's time and Rapid!


Lots of little things have gone wrong which in time mount up to become very frustrating.

Wiring for example wasn't very good on the car and needed a few solid days work to fix.

Cooling was also a problem, but two constant fans now do a proper job.

Dump valve was also replaced due to it being the wrong type a 'diaphragm' rather then 'twin piston' dump valve, which released too much pressure for engine to properly operate.

General Comments:

Despite it's problems this is a dream car for me, especially as it was an upgrade from my previous car a Mk2 Fiat Punto 1.2 which was painfully slow.

The RS Turbo carries real history which shows on the countless faces who love to watch me zoom by, especially on high boost.

My escort is tuned to nearly 220bhp which gives me enough speed and torque to beat most of the so called 'fast cars'. Impreza's and Evo's for example pose no real threat anymore unless they're highly tuned due to the low weight on a RST. My power to weight ratio is close to 200hp/tonne.

The RS Turbo represents an alternative sports car which shows that despite 15-20 years of development cars still can't leave it in the dust, a testament to it being far ahead of it's time. But with a legacy from cosworth it's hardly surprising.

I have been offered faster cars in exchange for my RS, but haven't been able to part with it, it just gives you a feeling while driving that's unique and raw.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th July, 2005

16th Oct 2005, 09:03

Totaly agree!!! I own a 200bhp rs turbo and all these new so called hot hatches don't get near it, I'm on the verge of converting it to a 2.1 zvh so I'm looking to take her up to 270bhp and lets be honest what 16 year old car will do 0-60 in a little over 5 seconds??? if you have a well looked after and modified rs turbo I don't care what anyone says, but its the car to have, fast becoming a classic in every way!!! TOTAL RESPECT.

22nd Feb 2006, 08:00

I totally Agree I used to hate ford due to their reliability. but I now own a rs and they are awesome cars the performance is breath taking for just a road car, but do require a lot of attention.

1988 Ford Escort Popular Plus 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Cheap and cheerful


A faulty connection meant the side indicator needed to be fixed.

The person who owned the car before me had rode the clutch so, although it didn`t slip, it was noisy.

The gearbox started whining and it became difficult to change gears.

There was some serious rust under the car.

The battery started playing up, resulting in me not being able to start the car.

General Comments:

Very cheap to run as it had great fuel economy, and the servicing was relatively inexpensive. Although insurance costs are fairly high considering how small an engine it had.

Easy and enjoyable to drive, I thought it handled really well and was quite fast considering it only had 4 gears. I would love to have driven an RS turbo.

Although ultimately I thought it best to sell the car on and use my money to by a Golf GTI than spend it on fixing all the problems with the car, because the specification was terrible, it didn`t even have a cigarette lighter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2005