1989 Ford Escort Pony 1.9 from North America


Dull, but reliable little bugger


Caliper went bad and required replacement.

Auto transmission leaked roughly one quart of fluid every three or four days by the end of the car's life.

Had a terrible leak from the front windshield that would cause the front seat to be sopping wet most of the time (even in sunny Southern California).

Head gasket started to go bad at about the same time as the transmission problems started.

Alternator needed replacement at roughly 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

This was the first car I ever owned. I bought it the year after I graduated from High School and drove the poor thing to death. Why on Earth I thought getting this tiny little utilitarian vehicle was a good idea is beyond me. I like to drive fast, and I don't think this car was capable of going much beyond seventy miles per hour, and it didn't have much handling to speak of. I have to admit, for a macho young guy I sometimes felt self-conscious driving a white hatchback with the word "Pony" proudly emblazoned on the side.

As much as I'd like to say this car was a piece of garbage (I'm more of an import car fan myself) it was really, well...okay. Other than the brake problem (which was my fault and not the car's, I let the brakes get worse and worse before acting on it) and a "major tune up" (valve cover seal, plugs and wires, distributor cap, etc.) it soldiered along admirably for the majority of the time I owned it.

Its weak spot was the auto transmission, it never really shifted smoothly (especially when the car wasn't fully warmed up, it would violently shift out of first), and buy the end it would leave so much pink fluid behind you'd think it was bleeding to death. Finally the car failed a California smog test and the transmission clunked out completely, which lead me to junk the poor girl. Beyond that the windshield leak was intolerable, I had to drive around sitting on beach towels, and tried to keep out of the rain whenever possible.

All of that said, I'm amazed the car lasted as long as it did, I drove the car from California to various locations in the mid-west and east-coast and it didn't break down on me once (though the gas mileage was surprisingly poor for a little put-put, about 20 mpg). Had I been more mechanically experienced at the time I'd probably still have the car today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th June, 2003

27th Oct 2003, 02:10

I don't drive a pony, but I am a proud owner of the ford escort 1990.

Although the car isn't a pony my car still behaves in the same way. (E.G poor transmission etc)

But all things considered, It's a great car to 'practice' Modifying and the car will come back for more!

1989 Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A high performance bargain Hell Yeah!!


Nothing may get a new paint job the metallic silver a bit dull.

General Comments:

This car is the dogs nads ! Its got every thing I wanted for a first car, convertible, fast, and just plain ass kicking. I would definitely recommend this car to any one who wants a cheap convertible. one problem is the insurance is a bit of a problem... Damn them!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2003

7th Nov 2005, 07:57

Performance and ford should'nt be used in the same sentence, unless its got a rs badge.

1989 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America


Nice little car


I use this car for a field runner, so it don't see the road.

I basically run it through mud and snow, which works if I keep the momentum.

I'm lookin at putting some mud tires on it.

General Comments:

I bought this car for 40 bucks from my neighbor. We have little 4 banger car races up here, and my Escort was perfect. She always starts no matter what. In spite of the rust, it still looks decent after the many miles spinning in mud and snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2003