1998 Ford Escort GTi from UK and Ireland - Comments

21st Jan 2008, 09:01

Any of you lads know about the Ford F1 chips being discussed in the 2002 Puma review?

21st Jan 2008, 09:20

Oh no don't start that on here too! LOL.

F1 chips, haha I gave up reading that thread once these were mentioned.

Lol.

21st Jan 2008, 19:09

I had a '98 Escort GTi for 8 years and it was a great car. No major problems.

As for doing 140mph in an unmodified Escort GTi... I don't think so!

Acceleration was adequate, but not breathtaking. My friends Cosworth was frickin quick.

Don't think you can beat the looks/equipment though for a standard (Ford) car. Everyone I know commented about how nice it looked, especially when it had been lovingly polished... 3 door panther black... yummy!

Just sold mine for 800 :o (... paid 9000 8 years ago. Depreciation sucks!

You can pick up some lovely examples of these motors v. cheaply that have not been messed around with.

22nd Jan 2008, 15:08

Cheers for the (ABS) response, I'm putting it into a garage on Monday and having clutch and suspensions done so I'll get them to check the brakes too, the best part is the guy I just bought it off is paying cause he put it on warranty.

28th Jan 2008, 18:40

I, ve got a 1998 GTI very nice car, but I'm having probs with it and could do with some advice.

It starts fine, but I need to let it tick over for about 10 minutes until the temp gauge goes in the normal range then it drives perfect. If I don't do this the car starts stuttering and revs erratically and loses some power, it still drives, but it struggles a bit on acceleration. Had all the sensors changed and also temp sender so I have no idea what else I can do to fix the problem.

29th Jan 2008, 17:04

Hey to the guy who added the comment about waiting 10 minutes before car will run! I had the same problem! It turned out to be fuel pressure and a dodgy HT lead. This was about 2 week ago. I put a power boost valve on, and some new plugs and leads; now it's fine.

29th Jan 2008, 17:09

Hey everyone, don't forget to checkout the GTI club that Will and Dean are trying to set up! They can't do it without members; join em!

Thanks, Matty.

31st Jan 2008, 09:26

Got a big problem!just bought a set of team dynamic wheels for my car, but the originall ford alloys has a locking wheel nut and I don't have a clue where to get one from. worst part is 1 of my wheels on at the mo is seriously bald.

31st Jan 2008, 11:01

Go to your local garage; they will remove the wheel nuts! It might cost 20 quid. I had mine done at an MOT centre and cost £10.

31st Jan 2008, 13:10

Better still goto ford garage they normaly do it for nothing

__________ GTIDEATHWISH_____ was ere.

8th Feb 2008, 19:11

Gtideathwish! Whats the spec of your car?

15th Feb 2008, 03:59

Mr dethwish I've seen the pics! mine is the blue 5 door! on the same site!

5th Mar 2008, 17:19

I'm looking at putting a new engine in my gti, I've been searching mondeo v6 engines apart from the gearbox what other parts will I need to buy?

12th Mar 2008, 18:28

Hi guys, does anyone ever have rattling in their gear box, and if you do, what is it? Thanks.

18th May 2008, 11:36

The Escort gti is pathetic & SLOW!! 0-60 10.5sec!! These silly performance figures some of you are quoting are VERY misleading.. I have test driven a few Escort gtis and they are FAR from fast! This car does NOT warranty a gti badge.

18th May 2008, 15:13

Does anyone know if a K&N apollo or K&N typhoon is OK for the GTI all I seem to be getting offerd is the 57i kit! also how can I chrome up my engine?

18th May 2008, 19:01

A Focus ST would beat the escort GTI, 1.8 16v vs 2.0 16v turbo, no contest.

10th Jun 2008, 10:43

A Focus ST is actually a 2.5 turbo. My mate has one, and the Escort GTi, although it's a good looking car is pretty slow off the mark; I have one and I struggle to pull away from my mate's VTR, but when they get going I can keep with stuff like 106 GTi, which one of my mates also has.

I have recently had a de cat along with 2.0L throttle body and oxygen sensor, as well as the 2.0L cam. Goes a lot better; now can stay with 106 GTi easy, probably overtake it.

Getting it chipped soon, and one of those ETS turbos off the Internet; should be sitting at around 160/170 at a push. Will have it on a dyno and will be able to give a few things a shock then.

23rd Jun 2008, 21:32

I have a Si 115ps. Same as the GTI, right?

There is a squeaking noise coming from the belt, below where the power steering fluid is located. Are there any ideas what it could be?

25th Jun 2008, 11:18

Haha to last comment, seriously mate, you would have got left in real life by both the Civic and Clio in any race. Nuff said. Stop dreaming.

5th Aug 2008, 15:50

Can anyone tell me if the 130 cams from a Mondeo fit straight into a 1.8 GTi R reg?

Cheers.

29th Aug 2008, 18:57

Hi, I just got a 3 door in red. Just put an induction kit on this thing. It flies, I've done 0 to 60 in just under 8 seconds. It handles superb.

I only paid 1400 for it and it only had 60k on the clock. Well happy.

Anyone know if the GTI owners club got off the ground?

Cheers, Dazzler in Leyland.

7th Sep 2008, 16:47

Hi people, can anyone please tell me how many of the Escort estate GTi's were made? I have one on a 1998 (S) plate in metallic silver and have heard they are rare cars, is this true?

Many thanks. Wayne.

13th Sep 2008, 13:02

If your car isn't really any faster off the line, then it's very unlikely you will leave a VTR 'for dead', you are more likely to have the edge.

Also 0-60 times timed by yourself don't mean anything unless you had proper equipment like at the Pod, so that is meaningless and you are better off just going by book figures.

137mph? A 106 GTI won't do that sort of speed, it's only a 1.6 N/A. No matter how much it weighs, it's only gonna make 130mph tops. Similar goes for your car, the Escort GTI, you are unlikely to hit 137mph, and if your speedo is 10% over reading like most cars, then a more realistic 124mph is probably what you were doing.

26th Sep 2008, 14:08

I think if you read my comment again, you will see that I said it won't leave a VTR for dead and I also said 137 on clocks, which does consider that my clock is out.

26th Sep 2008, 14:11

Although I do agree with the 0-60 part.

26th Sep 2008, 22:00

Right, I'm having problems with my water. I top it up, and two days later I'm doing it again. There are no obvious signs that there's a leak, but sometimes when the car's running and I'm driving, I can hear what sounds like running water from the heater box that's behind the dash. Anyone have the answer...

I'm having the same problem. I've had the heater matrix changed and it's still doing it!!! There is water dripping off the oil sump when I look underneath tho... split pipe maybe or the bloke who has fitted the heater matrix just has not done it properly?!?!?!