1988 Ford Escort Popular 1.3 CVH from UK and Ireland
An old heap of junk.
The tappets were making a right racket! The engine sounded like a sewing machine! I adjusted the tappets so they didn't hit as hard and then problem 2 started:
The valve seals went. The car started drinking fuel. When the car was running in the power band and above, loads of choking smoke belched from the exhaust.
The car only fires on 3 cylinders when it is started on a cold morning and takes 3-6 minutes for the fourth to kick in.
Car failed to start for no apparent reason one day. A week later I bought some Easy Start and that got it going, after I cleaned all of the plugs.
The car always has a 'feel' that it's about to break down. I don't trust it as far as I could power slide it; and with the power on it, that's not very far at all.
This car is not very powerful at all, and I mean for a 1.3! I nearly fried the clutch towing my Renault 11 up a slight hill. The acceleration is poor.
The 4-speed gearbox is quite annoying because the car needs a fifth gear to cruise, which makes the fuel economy poor.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th November, 2002