1996 Ford Escort Sapphire 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland
Cheap throw-away motor for journeys that don't demand more than going A to B
Rear suspension rebound dampening was non-existent.
Ignition issues after only 2 months of ownership.
Not all that comfortable on longer journeys.
This bog standard Ford Escort was for me a very middle of the road car. Everything it did, it did to a just about 'satisfactory' level; nothing special.
The car seemed reliable enough, though it did develop a fueling/injector issue quite soon after purchase, which made the already lack-luster engine even more gutless.
The rear suspension on this model was very poor indeed. Usually you can expect road car suspension to be pretty sloppy (Vauxhall are good at this), but the rear of this Escort bounced around more than Jennifer Lopez's bum at a concert. In the wet this made the car a little unstable unless traveling very slowly; even small undulations would have the rear of the car slipping and threatening to slide.
The interior was dull and functional, with the usual Ford level of trim; it all worked well enough, but that's about it.
This car certainly isn't a spectacular addition to any driveway, but before the fueling problem, and the rear suspension inconsistencies, I would probably own another one. It was reasonably cheap to run and seemed strong enough. The ride was bad and the interior dull, but the Escort never professed to be more than what it was; a bog standard family car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2013