1993 Ford Escort LX 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Good on fuel, performance good, nice family car
When I got the car, I noticed I was pulling left and right on acceleration and De-acceleration . Problem solved x2 bottom arms.
Engine over heated, thought it was head gasket, the garage told me that the head had cracked in several places. So I had all new top end of engine. Even now when have it at a constant motorway speed e.g. 70-80mph the temp creeps up to the red. So I feel that the head is going again or gasket.
Replaced shockers on front and x2 read bearings on back for MOT.
I've had a 1.8 diesel ford van before and it took it's time getting up to speed, but this 1.8 turbo diesel is quite good for performance. A bit slow pulling off until turbo kicks in (1500-2000rpm). You get used to it though. I like the car, but I'm not happy with the garage that did the repair on the head.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th June, 2004