1989 Ford Escort L 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Cheap, reliable transport... no more, no less
Has only required routine servicing and a set of front brake pads.
Breathes heavily through rocker cover breather, but keep chucking the cheap oil in, and she just keeps on going.
57bhp of tarmac-tearing horsepower means that performance can best be described as leisurely. Best to not try and win any Grands Prix with it, and be content to cruise.
Will sit at a comfortable 65-70 all day long, and rewards you with outstanding fuel economy. Worst ever was 44mpg, best an astounding 54mpg.
Utterly utterly reliable in all weathers, and for the MOT required nothing more than a set of brake pads and three hours with the MIG welder plating up a couple of holes in the floor.
Bad points? Steering is heavy when parking being non-PAS, and the engine, being an HCS 1.3, sounds like someone dropping a bag of spanners down a stairwell. Easily mistaken for a diesel!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th August, 2007