1996 Ford Escort RS 2000 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland
Fantastic car to own
Front left bushes have worn, very easy to replace.
ABS sensors get dirty very quickly on the front and rear of the car causing the ABS light to come on, easily cleaned.
Fantastic car, I chose the 2wd over the 4wd for performance. Not a cossie killer, but can hold its own against others. The 2.0 16v I4 engine is very well built and very responsive. A real drivers car handles corners very well.
Spot on, just enough power for todays roads.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th April, 2002
20th Jan 2004, 05:37
Yes great to see these reviews for the RS2000. They are a very underrated car and never got the respect they deserved. The 150bhp engine is a lot quicker on the road than the performance figures dictate and loves to be revved hard, really comes alive at 4000rpm and will surprise many of the bigger powered cars. Although many might not believe it they are quicker than an Astra GSI. Only problem so far is eats brake pads, maybe me driving? and needs a wheel bearing, done approx 10k since owned. 2wd quicker is than 4wd, but very hard to get grip in the wet!! Great all round quick motor and would def recommend it.
16th Jul 2004, 05:49
One of the last SVE-tweaked Fords and a cracking car. Unfortunately, it was based on a car which, not to put too fine a point on it, was a pile of crap, and hence it suffers the same stigma. However, if you look at the suspension, steering and mechanical components of the RS2000, very little of it is shared with a standard Escort. Hence it's a damn good car.
Silly value at today's prices as well.
14th Jan 2010, 13:01
Hi, I have put a RS 2000 engine in a mrk5/6 cab, and gave it a nice paint job and a nice pair of 17 inch alloys. It looks the part, and it drives mint. It get the looks of people.
One thing with it though; I was driving down the road and it smashed the pulley of the power steering. I need help on what caused it?