1994 Ford Escort Mistral 1.6EFI from UK and Ireland


Bargin car, though very sluggish and rusty!


Fuse box, it's had two fitted in three years.

Central locking does not work.

Alarm has never worked, (however I think this was NOT fitted by Ford.)

Oxygen sensor.

General Comments:

Despite being a 1600cc car, it is incredibly underpowered, many owners of car understand that the vehicle after about 100k miles looses its acceleration, and becomes a very sluggish beast, the 1.4 version without the EFi (?) preforms better apparently.

The brakes where pathetic (that's with new disc's, pads and shoes,) anybody else had this?

Once you've got it moving, you then can't stop it.

Gear box had started to become quite "sloppy" too, with difficulty downshifting gears.

But worst of all!

The rust, everywhere! I bought it with some, in three years it became a complete rust bucket, (wheel arches, sills and doors.)

On the positive side, the engine was very quiet, and was generally quite comfortable.

The cabin is quite stylish, and my one had quite smart alloy wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2004

1994 Ford Escort LX 1.9L from North America


A car perfect for college students who are on a budget


Constant Velocity Joints needed to be replaced since I first bought in August, but it is still dependable.

Fuel filter needed to be replaced.

A bit shaky if you don't keep up with the tire maintenance.

General Comments:

I have had no problems with acceleration.

I love the quiet idling.

A lot of room which is perfect for college students moving to and from their dorms, like me!

Keeps a good top speed of 120 miles per hour, not that I do that often.

Easy to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2004

1994 Ford Escort LX Hatchback 1.4L from North America


The perfect reliable, cheap, and maintenance friendly car


I had to have the exhaust manifold replaced at 115000, but I got one of a salvage for cheap, no problems after that.

Regular oil changes and the like.

My ball joints popped out at 10600 due to some pretty hard driving, but they actually popped back in on my way to the mechanic and he said that they looked fine and would be a waste of my money to replace. This is why I think this car has an immune system.

General Comments:

This car was a great car.

No matter what I put it through the engine just kept going.

Great gas mileage, even when I had it packed full for a cross country family trip.

I was hit by a 99 Blazer while stopped, he was going 45 mph, my car did not survive the crash, but only because of body damage and insurance, I actually drove it to the mechanic after the accident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2004

1994 Ford Escort LX 4.0 from North America


Great Bargain Car


The tires have had to be changed frequently due to tyrod problems.

I have had problems with the radiator and freeze plug on two occasions.

Muffler repaired twice in two years.

General Comments:

It is a very reliable car for the money and I would buy another Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2004

9th Aug 2005, 09:44

You should have considered replacing the 20 dollar tie-rod rather than 500 dollar tires all the time, just a thought.

12th Aug 2005, 19:02

1.9 L Ford engine sounds more like it or the 1.8 DOHC Mazda engine.

1994 Ford Escort LX Wagon from North America


Not fancy, but it is reliable!


This car has given me VERY few problems!

2002 - Had to have the A/C worked on. Cost me about $200.

Everything else has been routine maintenance. Changed tires, changed the battery once etc.

General Comments:

This is the second Escort that I have owned. I got my first Escort in 1988 and it was a used one (1984) and it was so reliable that I bought my second one brand new. Now, I will say that I am not hard on my vehicle and after almost 10 years it still has only 60K miles on it. However, I have still been amazed at just how few problems I have had with my Escorts.

This is a great first car for young drivers. It is reliable and runs well. For the price, it is a great value!

Now, I will say that this car doesn't have a whole lot of "get up and go". The interior is also cramped and my 6'2" husband finds it uncomfortable. The car is pretty basic and doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles to it. However, for a young driver with not a lot of cash, but the need for a reliable car, I highly recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2004