1998 Ford Escort 1.8 GTi 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Escort GTi's are great cars. I am about to buy one for around £1900 (3 door). I test drove this car and loved it. The steering felt a little heavier than my 1.6 LX, but I have been told this isn't a problem. The car is quick for its weight. Who really needs a car with over 115bhp? The whole point of a nice car is to drive slow so people see it. Instead of spending money on engine tuning, spend it on a DVD player and a sound system. Once lowered with a set of 16's, this car looks amazing. Anyone who says otherwise doesn't know much about car styling. You most likely drive a Saxo or something equally bad.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th December, 2006
14th Dec 2006, 09:02
You most likely drive a Saxo or something equally bad.
Like an Escort "GTi"?
17th Feb 2007, 14:56
Do yourself a favour, if you really must buy an escort, buy a 1.8 SI with all the extras possible.
Save yourself a packet on insurance (group 10 for the SI, 13 for the GTI) and get the same performance without looking like a tosser in a GTI when you pull up at trafic lights.
18th Feb 2007, 05:48
Hey you'd be surprised how many people want a car over 115 BHP. And if it looks nice too you can still drive it slow if you want.
12th May 2007, 10:26
The Escort is fair enough as a cheap workhorse, but this particular model has to be a favourite for the biggest abuse of the GTI badge alongside the mk4 Golf "GTI".
Badge engineering for the gullible. The Escort makes perfect sense as an LX or Ghia. The rest are pretentious nonsense
20th Sep 2007, 09:33
I have just bought a Escort GTI 7 weeks ago and I think it's a real nice car and great to drive looks good too. I didn't buy it to show it off or anything like that it was just an ideal upgrade from my MK 4 XR3I.