1992 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America

Summary:

A bargain that just keeps on giving value

Faults:

Clutch pressure plate springs failed. (115000kms)

Battery died. (would happen to any car)

Exhaust pipe has been replaced twice in the time that I've owned the car.

General Comments:

The Escort from 91 till 95 used mainly Mazda 323 parts which made it very reliable, but that certainly doesn't say anything about how quiet or comfortable it is. It is very fuel efficient and economical, but very strenuous on long trips.

This car is getting quite old now and still nothing major has failed. Although, many of the plastic parts (made by Ford no doubt) have been rattling for years now.

Everything is still working like it did when I bought it car and considering that I paid less than $4000 for it, it's extremely economical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th March, 2003

1992 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America

Summary:

Not to shaby for the price, but could be faster

Faults:

The car is really really slow.

You can't replace any of the speakers because ford made them really weird and small.

Shifts really hard.

General Comments:

All around it's a great car.

I can get about 200 miles per tank and a full tank only costs about $12.00.

Its very slow.

But I have put it threw quite abit and it still holds up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2003

1992 Ford Escort L 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A low cost reliable workhorse

Faults:

The hydraulic tappets required changing at 70,000 miles. This job was easy and cost £35 for the bits.

The clutch shudder, this is annoying.

General Comments:

This car is long geared, which affects performance a little. The benefit of this is good fuel return on long journeys.

This car is ideal for long journeys it will sit at 70 to 80 miles per hour comfortably.

If this car is serviced regularly the 1400cc engine is very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

1992 Ford Escort CLX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good value for a reliable car despite minor defects

Faults:

Headlights are gone, control unit had to be changed (cost 90£), happened twice in 2 years. Shortly before I noticed a smell as if a wire was burning.

Foot-well and boot are damp when raining.

Sometimes the alarm goes off for no reason (couple of times a year), opening and closing the doors solve the problem.

Rear wiper works erratically.

Sometimes I can't turn on the radio, restarting the engine solve the problem.

Front shock leaking.

Ball joints changed at 80000 miles, but during the MOT they still found some play in the steering. Dealer wanted to charge me 500£ to change the rack. MOT said it was fine.

Kick down cable snapped. Dealer wouldn't change it because they don't do automatic cars. I had to contact 10 garages before I could find one.

Exhaust gasket changed.

Oil and coolant leaking.

General Comments:

Despite all these problems I find this car to be a bargain. I hardly perform any maintenance and I use it every day. Fuel consumption is high (20-25 mpg) but this is not too bad for an old automatic car.

The engine is not a beast, but it is smooth and silent. The steering is a bit heavy although it is powered, but no problem to do a U-turn on a narrow road.

The comfort is good. It is not a very big car, but there is still enough room and I like the sound from the built-in radio. It looks like some leaking in the body might be the cause of the electrical problems I experienced.

The automatic transmission is great, I already had a Ford Falcon (Australian car) with automatic transmission and it makes driving easy. Pity that it is so difficult to find good mechanics in Ireland.

Braking is sometimes funny, unlike a manual car.

My conclusion is that it is a good car which would have been perfect with a slightly better attention to details from the manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2002

1992 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America

Summary:

Cheap, reliable, great car for the money

Faults:

This is truly a great car for anyone who is looking for a good looking, comfortable, extremely economical and reliable car! My escort had only 80,000 miles on it when I bought it and I put on 10,000 with not a single problem. My escort still looks decent and runs perfectly. Great first car for a teenager!

General Comments:

This car just keeps going and going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2002