1996 Ford Escort Serenade 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
A reliable rot box, built in Halewood with care by the same people who build the Jaguar X400
Rear wheel-arches on both sides are rusting from the inside outward (all the spot welds in the wheel-arch flange are expanding as they rust away!)
Virtually all of the elements in the heated front screen are no longer work.
Nothing has hone wrong mechanically!
Car was a one owner, known history vehicle before being acquired from our in-laws. Always garaged, always serviced, never been in an accident. (Replaced a 1990 Escort cabriolet we'd had from new, that had 65,000 miles, with no rust). Holes appeared in the OS rear wheel-arch of the newer car some months before the 6 year corrosion warranty expired. That area was repaired by Ford dealer, but the underlying cause was not (bare metal joint between inner and outer whee-larch) ; the rest of that wheel arch and the near side one are now quite merrily rusting away. Ford have no interest. Built in Halewood with care, by the same people who now build the Jaguar X type?
Ludicrous instrument pack; who needs a line drawing of a car on an instrument pack (saves the cost of a tachometer presumably)
A cheap car to run, but check the wheel-arches very carefully before buying
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th January, 2003