1998 Ford Escort GTi from UK and Ireland


140mph LOL!!!


The car always worked fine for me, not one breakdown.

General Comments:

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.

1998 Ford Escort Si 1.8L from UK and Ireland


All in all, I find this a brilliant car and would recommend it to any people looking to buy one


Bought the car with a blowing exhaust, which has since been replaced with a chrome one and this has been fine since.

Since having the car, the only faults have been the air flow system, which was fixed in a matter of hours, and the motor for the drivers window packed up, but was fixed cheaply; I bought a new runner and motor from a scrap yard for £35, and easily fitted it myself.

General Comments:

I find this is the best car I have ever driven. The 1.8 litre engine gives out lots of power, and when tested it gave me 0-60mph in just under 9 seconds. I have never got all of the top speed, but have experienced 110mph in it, which was very easy and still a good ride.

There is lots of room inside, which is important for me being 6ft 4 and 16 stone. The seats also are more than satisfying.

Also when driving sensibly, I get a great return of just over 40mpg.

My car has been lowered by 60mm and is riding on low profile tyres, which give it a very sporty look.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2008

5th Dec 2008, 10:29

I'm all for a fast ford and I love escorts.

A 1.8 si won't do 0-60 in under 9 seconds, no-way.

The same engine in a fiesta (xr2i 16v) only just scrapes the 9 second mark and that is a lighter car.

3rd Aug 2010, 18:17

I have an SI, it's capable of 125-130 if pushed, not sure about 0-60 times, never measured it, but overall good, nice looking car.

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 from North America


The serpentine belt slips off when I drive over puddles.

The car is not reliable. I have changed the tensioner three times in the last two years.

Whenever I drive it over a puddle, the water splashes into the area where the belt is located and it must be stopping one of the pulleys just long enough to damage the tensioner. The belt falls off and the battery light comes on.

The car continues to run but with no alternator, power steering, or coolant going to the engine.

The only place where this car is good is in the desert. Other than that it doesn't have too many other problems except for always needing ball joints and wheel bearings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th November, 2008

1998 Ford Escort 1.4 CVH from Finland


Inexpensive and gets the job done, but doesn't have much excitement to offer


Start motor not working time to time (turning the key again usually does the trick, so it's nothing serious).

The radio has stopped functioning three times, but removing and replacing the fuse and reprogramming the thing (takes around ten minutes) has remedied it every time.

Some relay has failed on a regular basis (every three and a half years), so the next failure can be predicted and the relay changed beforehand.

Braking heavily has made the thing jump off second gear into neutral time and again. Most likely associated with wear and tear the gearbox has taken (the car has been used to tow a light utility trailer).

Rear view mirror fell off after 10 years of staying where it should.

General Comments:

It's kind of small for an estate.

The 1.4l engine feels underpowered especially when the car is loaded with people and junk and/or during towing (as it often is, being an estate). Fuel consumption is about 30 mpg (8l/100km). Despite unsatisfactory acceleration, top speed should be quite decent at around 170km/h (105mph).

The seats are comfortable but provide little support. Suspension's on the wobblier side and power steering's too light. This is no sports car, and was never intended to be, so these problems should not be considered problems at all.

Interior space is adequate for a driver and three not overly large passengers nicely, but you can fit a third passenger in the rear seat somehow. There isn't much holders to put your stuff into in the back. Both doors have holders, but they are shallow and thus not very useful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2008