1996 Ford Escort Ghia 1.6i 16v Zetec from UK and Ireland
OK for a first time buyer, but beware as there's a lot of dogs kicking about
Power steering pump failure happened when overtaking on the motorway.
Engine keeps overheating.
Worn 2nd gear and part time reverse.
Rear of the driver's seat broke.
Electric switch for opening the tailgate is faulty.
Central locking faulty, the doors sometimes unlock and lock by themselves.
Engine idles erratically and occasionally revs itself, Ford don't seem to be interested in why this happens, they're more interested in taking my money for doing a shoddy job.
Rusty rear arches and the car is only 5 years old, and well waxed and polished.
Rusty undercarriage which Ford is also not interested in repairing, even though they say they've got an excellent body shop.
The comfort is good.
The performance is average for the size of the engine.
Nice looking car inside and out, just a pity they weren't made to a better quality.
The value goes down quickly on even a really good one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd September, 2001
26th Nov 2001, 04:24
Reading a lot of Escort reviews, I have noticed that a lot of people have commented on the engine overheating. I have the opposite problem - it never heats up. I have been told it could be loss of pressure, but I don't know. Can anyone else help me??
19th May 2008, 11:41
Overcooling is always caused by a faulty thermostat.