I haven't owned this car for particularly long, so problems are still to come, without a doubt - it's a Ford, but I have to say the early signs are good.
I purchased the car from a car auction near to me for £1700, which is an absolute bargain considering the mileage and the age of the car. It needed some body work doing to it, the front panel needed replacing and some other bits and bobs, costing a total of £320.
My old beloved Escort got wrote off by some crazy woman who thumped into the back of me. I was expecting big changes to the handling, performance, ride etc when I bought this - and I got it. So I was well impressed.
I'm only 18, so at my age I'm lucky to have a car this new. The car sounds good when revved, keeps up with quite a surprising amount of cars on the road, mainly annoying reps.
The 1.6 Zetec engine is a sweet unit, maybe underpowered for the size of the engine, but neither the petrol consumption or the insurance reflect it to having a 1.6 engine. It is a refined, reliable car with pretty good handling, a pleasant interior and driving position. I think I may have struggled to find something as good as this for the money I paid.
I would recommend this model Escort to anyone if the price is right. Avoid rip-off forecourts for average efforts fetching hundreds more than a normal private sale.
If you've got £2500 to spend on something like this I recommend it. Go to an auction and find a real cheap one.