1989 Ford Escort XR3i 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Old Skool, Cool or Uncool?
Severe rust around the fuel filler cap.
Water got into the headlights.
Engine ran on after the ignition was switched off.
Lost my company car when I changed my job, and had this off a family member as a stop gap.
Although a bit chavy nowadays (maybe they always have been), I remember always wanting one back in the eighties, so this for me was a bit of nostalgia.
The XR3i is a good car. It is far surpassed in performance terms by newer cars, but it handles well and is a comfortable place to be. It is quickish, and the unassisted steering is not too heavy. The interior has dated badly, but that is part of its charm.
Only owned it for a year, but had great fun doing so. You can pick them up for next to nothing, and they make a great shed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th May, 2009