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.
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