1989 Ford Escort CL 1.3 HCS from Finland


A desperate buy that has become like a good friend


Nothing so far, just regular service things like oil, air & fuel filter + a set of rear shoes at 194000 km.

General Comments:

The car is pretty quick considering it only has a 1.3 carburettor engine under the bonnet.

I miss the sunroof & the heated chairs from my Orion though.

Otherwise I'm happy with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2006

1989 Ford Escort GT 1.9 from North America


Great car for anyone, any age, any sex. Always surprises waiting for you in a Ford Escort GT


Clutch went out at 98,000 miles.

Starter switch fried at 105,000 miles.

Replaced windshield at 106,000 miles.

Brake pads replaced at 106,000 miles.

New paint job at 99,000 miles.

New tires at 105,000 miles.

New exhaust at 97,000 miles.

Lowering kit at 100,000.

General Comments:

This car is unbelievably fast and doesn't wait around for others.

Very reliable and clean running if taken care of right.

Interior could use some changes, but everything worked very well.

Not owning the car for very long, I enjoyed it more than any other car I've ever owned.

I drove the car for a little over 7 months and put a lot of money into improving it, although never fails that something happens after you do it; I totaled the car on February 2, 2005.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2005

1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A future classic that still brings joy to its owner


Overtaking a Fiesta Zetec s on a country road the plastic clip that keeps the throttle cable in place at the throttle decided to break. Resulting in no throttle whatsoever, not good at the time!

The poly ratchet on the clutch pedal has broken, so I cannot get it in gear, getting fixed soon though.

General Comments:

First of all, I keep getting asked why on earth I wanted to go from a 5 year old Focus to a 15 year old Escort and only like minded Ford lovers will understand.

I have always wanted an RS Turbo since I first seen a Series 1 in Llandudno when I was about 8.

Now I own one it feels great! When people ask me what car I drive, I have great joy in telling them that I own an Escort RS Turbo.

You get noticed in this car no doubt about it, even more than when I had my modified Focus.

I know there are people who hate Fords and think my car is rubbish, I am not writing this for them, I am writing this for the lucky people who either own a car like this or are considering buying one.

The things that have went wrong have been wee stupid things and I am glad the car is near enough standard.

I wanted a standard one so I could make it one of the cleanest Series 2 RS Turbo's in Scotland. The only things it has had is a full up to the Turbo exhaust system, pipercross induction kit, Bailey Dump Valve and a Garrett -31 Actuator. Got the Actuator because it was running lean, I think this could also be caused by the Pipercross, so I am currently looking for a standard air box.

At first the car is quite demanding to drive, in the wet you have to watch that you don't get to heavy footed or it will wheel-spin constantly. Once you get used to it and learn you have to be gentle it will drive like any other car.

Handling is fine, the Recaros are really comfy and when the Turbo kicks in it can go. Putting it simply that is what you want to know if considering buying one, just make sure you are careful, take your time before buying.

I am going to be making it perfect in the time that I will own mine, that is my mission. I am not bothered about modifiying the engine, I just want mine immaculate, making sure there will still be some of these future classic cars on the roads in years to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2004

17th May 2005, 02:05

I saw one of these parked up recently that was in mint, completely standard condition. What a great looking car it still is. Every RS I've seen in recent years has been battered, neglected and/or wearing a stupid bodykit. It was a rare treat to see a mint standard example.

Good luck with yours!