1994 Ford Escort LX 1.9L inline 4 from North America


Had it not been totaled, I would still be putting miles of it today!


Very little.

Part of the plastic bumper chipped away when a basketball hit it.

It had fading, normal though for a 10+ year old car.

It had those automatic seat belts (must have been a fad of the time), but those were easily unclipped, in the event of an accident.

General Comments:

Amazingly stout!! Very well built, and never shuddered in front of a dirt road.

Superior gas fuel economy (32 city, 35-36 highway).

Pretty quick given its motor.

Unquestionable dependable.

Remarkably comfortable.

Made great use of its space (with the seat folded down, I could carry my upright bass I played in an orchestra).

It was my great grandma's car, which she wanted me to have when I turned 16. She bought it in '96, and it stayed with her until she passed away and I started driving it in '06. I would still have it today, but I was rear-ended in Nov. '08. I was stopped at an intersection when a (then) late model Chevy Silverado hit me. It was traveling in excess of 40 mph I was told. But even though my Escort was totaled, it started right up and drove home without missing a beat.

Tough, tough little car.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2013

1994 Ford Escort LD 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland


A good no-frills motor... so long as you are not in a hurry to get anywhere


A few weeks after acquiring the car, the driver's door lock failed at c.154,000 miles. The door could not be unlocked from the outside, so I had to unlock the passenger side door, climb over the seats, and unlock the driver's door from the inside.

The temperature control dial on the instrument panel was erratic.

General Comments:

This car was an ex-police 4 door saloon/sedan, which in my opinion, looks better than the hatchback. I only ran the car for five months, and for a 'stop gap' banger, it was surprising good for a 'no frills' car.

Very basic specification, so not much went wrong. Was fitted with ABS brakes, perhaps on request of the police force who first had the car. Had a driver's airbag too, which Ford had fitted across the range to enhance safety standards.

Performance from the normally aspirated 1753cc diesel engine was woeful, but this meant that insurance was cheap. Ideal engine option for anyone with points on their licence, as it is quite hard to drive this car fast!

Front seat comfort was fine, but rear passengers complained of a choppy ride in the back, possibly down to worn suspension rather than any design issue from new.

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

Review Date: 23rd January, 2011

1994 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America


The greatest little car of all time!


Very little was wrong with the Escort.

The locks on the rear doors did not always work easily (age related issue I'm sure).

The paint was worn from the weather.

It lacked a CD player (but what 1994 came with a CD player?).

The seats had started to wear thin.

General Comments:

Amazing on gas!! I mean 30+ in town! It had great get up and go for such a tiny engine.

Never broke down. It went maybe once a year at the most to be repaired, and I am including little things and parts that just wear out. It was super reliable.

Small, however 4 adults could ride in it. Brilliant use of space; every inch was put to use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2010

1994 Ford Escort Sapphire 1.6 from UK and Ireland


A good car, which wanted TLC, which it got


Rear wheel cylinders no longer worked & leaked.

Alternator wire (red) snapped off.

Power steering pump whined (my fault).

Knocking front suspension area (roll link).

Headlamps needed adjustment.

Needed brakes all round.

Exhaust blowing.

Needed exhaust manifold gasket (horrible job).

Rear chassis rail seriously corroded.

General Comments:

Overall, it was a 16 year old car which had really been neglected, but I saved it from the scrappy, and got it MOT'd and fixed.

Engine always started, no matter what.

I advise you buy one of these that has been cared for and serviced regularly.

A full service history isn't necessarily required, but it's advisable.

Better than a lot of cars of that age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2010