1998 Ford Escort GTi from UK and Ireland
The car always worked fine for me, not one breakdown.
The folk who are stating fantastic 0-60 times are either mad or can't use a stop watch, this despite the GTI tag is not a quick car, hell the old RS turbo barely did 0-60 in 8 seconds and an RS would leave a GTI for dust.
The 140 mph top speed some have quoted well, they are lying, you'd need to regear the car, even if it had 1000bhp with ten turbos the gearing would prevent it from reaching 140 mph.
All Ford did with this model and indeed the later RS2000 was damage their reputation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th April, 2009
1st Jun 2009, 09:45
I wholeheartedly disagree with the 'Ford damaged their reputation' quote with the RS2000, have you ever driven one? They are a quality sports car with the same bhp as a Clio Williams and extremely under-rated handling. I have owned 2 in the past and will eventually own another. Having said that, I do have to agree with the 0-60 times and the top speed on the GTi, I own one at the minute and it's certainly not fast, struggles to keep up with a Golf mk3 GTi 8v, which are renowned for being sluggish.