1997 Ford Escort GTi 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Cool looking and pretty good performance
The tachometer on the car was surging between 0 and 2000 revs. After being left for more than 3-4 hours, on ignition turnover the engine would stall unless the revs were maintained at about 2000 until it got warm.
Rear windscreen heater stopped working.
Boot wouldn't shut properly.
Squeaking noise underneath car when going over bumps.
Exhaust pins rusted and creating a rattling noise.
In general, I love the look of the car from the side and back. From the front it can be mistaken for a standard Escort though.
Performance is reasonable, especially in 2nd and 3rd gears above 4000 revs, but I expected it to be a little quicker than it is.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2001
16th Jan 2002, 16:07
Small tip buddy. Open the boot and you'll see two, maybe three metal pins that will press against a small metal plate when the boot is shut. Look to see if one of the pins has got stuck. If one of them, probably the middle one has got stuck then that cud be your heater problem - it happens all the time on my Escort. WD40 should fix that :)