1992 Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet 1.8 16v 105ps from UK and Ireland


Buy one, just to say you've owned a ragtop


The roof leaks, not through the actual roof, but where it 'seals' with the front windows! It drips onto the front seats!

Rear shocks had to be replaced as they were leaking.

General Comments:

Great car, bar the water problems! looks sweet lowered onto 17" alloys. Performance is good, but heavy weight means slow take off and increased fuel consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2002

1992 Ford Escort L 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Good, cheap and reliable


No major problems as yet, The alarm has played up on a few occasions (usually late at night on quiet roads!)

The car judders quite a bit on occasions, whether it is warm or cold it feels as though it is going to stall.

Fuel economy has got worse over the last few months, may be age or may be a problem on its way.

General Comments:

Great car, acceleration is pretty poor, but once it gets going its quick. Brilliant car to fit a sound system into and looks good when lowered and fitted with alloys.

Handles quite nicely and very comfortable to drive, would definatly have another, but maybe an XR3i or a cosworth would be nice!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2002

1992 Ford Escort LX-E 1.8L from North America


High performance family car


There are suspension problems. I had the front struts replaced, but the back ones need replacing too (struts are very expensive to replace). It cost me over $200.00 for the front two.

LXE's have 4 disc brakes all around the car (expensive if you take it in to have it fixed). I had to have new brake pads and rotors for the front. The back brakes are wearing down also.

I have a crack in the windshield that is slowly working its way up the windshield.

If I hit the brakes too hard when stopping, the car dies.

I had a $150.00 tune-up awhile back. Dealer couldn't find anything wrong with the car or motor.

Sometimes the manual transmission won't go into reverse gear (I find that if you place it in neutral, let the clutch out, then put back in reverse, that will work).

The rubber seal in the driver's window causes the window to not want to roll up.

General Comments:

I haven't seen any LXE reviews. These cars are rare! An LXE is an Escort GT and a four-door Escort put together in one package. I have the GT motor, which has 127 horsepower. I also have four doors, which is nice when moving people around. This is a great family car that packs a punch.

This car has four struts and four disc brakes. The only other types of cars with these features, are usually high- end cars (BMW, Mercedes, etc.).

My car is a dark navy blue, with a gray interior. People are surprised when I tell them that this car is from 1992 (I've noticed that Escorts from 1991 to 1995 look identical).

Driving position is great. The controls are where they should be. This is a great car. It runs great. I commute to work, which is a 30 mile drive one way. I travel over bumpy roads, highways, winding roads, and through the city. I get on average 30 MPG.

I have one complaint about Fords before 1995. The odometers on these cars don't display the sixth digit. I have no idea how many miles are really on the car! I got this car used from a dealer auction. The odometer read 74,000. I have now reached 90,000. I either have low mileage or high mileage. In any case, it runs great! Doesn't leak or burn any oil. Just keeps running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2001

25th Jan 2009, 03:09

The problem with the '92 Escort not shifting into reverse; This is not unusual. I have one too; look in the owners manual and it says to shift into neutral for about 3 seconds before going into reverse. I do this and I don't have any problems with it.

4th Sep 2009, 10:00

I'm about to buy a '92 Escort LX-E with 160K miles on it. The story is that Granny has been driving it for a couple years as a grocery-getter, and that's all. It's super clean inside. From my test drive I could only surmise a couple things I'll need to put into it to make it a daily driver: new brakes and new tires. It also kinda seemed to idle low, so possibly a fuel pump? I really don't know much about cars, but I feel pretty good about this one. We'll see! Wish me luck! If anyone would like to give me any pointers, you can email me at (minus the % signs, hiding from spambots :) ) sold%it%on%CL%@%gmail (dot) %com%