1998 Ford Escort GTi from UK and Ireland - Comments

7th Jun 2009, 12:10

You want 170 brake? Stick a Focus st170 engine in... and you're there without any mods to it. However if you already have forged pistons n rods etc then you may as well either go for a turbo or stick a supercharger on it... the alternative is NOS...

7th Jun 2009, 19:54

Oh and rear end drive shouldn't be to difficult. The GTi is basically the RS2000 chassis. Based on this, if you get the rear bead, axle etc from a 4 wheel drive RS2000, get a prop made up and then find a box that drives only the back end (possibly from a Capri, unsure of bolt patterns and whether you'd need to remount the engine inline) and hook it all up you should be able to get rear drive. Won't be easy, but will be comparatively easy as compared to changing a non GTi to rear drive.

10th Jun 2009, 18:33

HELP!!! Does anyone know of a few UK supplier websites that will supply wilwood brake kits... even just the calipers... can't find them anywhere, and when I do it's a USA site so the Escort doesn't exist!!!

16th Jun 2009, 09:19

I need someone's help. Can you put turbo in the GTi engine?

23rd Jun 2009, 14:51

Can anyone please tell me how much break you get from a 115ps by fitting theMondeo cams and throttle bodies???

1st Jul 2009, 05:13

They reckon the throttle body combined with the air mass flow sensor (and a decent air filter) should give about 3-5 bhp. The cams can vary, again probably no more than 10bhp. Hope this helps.

5th Aug 2009, 15:19

Hi. I have a Ford Escort GTI.. but I've gone a different way as you lot.. I have put a Mondeo ST 24 engine in mine, and OK I needed a lot of work to make it run, but it was worth it :D.

Also I'm considering a turbo conversion.. or maybe try and put a nice twin turbo V6 or V8 in it.. I don't mind cutting out the floor to fit it. Then it would give me a chance to make a new fiberglass dash with built in 10" speakers. As I've already got fiberglass doors with 5, 7" alpine speakers in each door :D.

7th Oct 2009, 13:18

Hey, I have a Ford Escort 1.8 GTi. It has been well modified on the outside, but I want more pull to it. Already had K&N, and thinking of a decat. It's had a little bit more, still not sure about it. Think the BHP is around 120. What would you suggest?

16th Oct 2009, 04:59

I've had my red GTI for about 4 years. It's now done 70000 miles and I know the previous owner who was a publican, so that explains the low mileage.

I have had two 70's RS 2000 Escorts, and 2 Escort Turbos from the 80's. I loved all these cars to bits. I remember a friend buying a new GTI Golf and I had a lot of fun showing how my RS2000 could really sort out the Golf in all driving disciplines, except for top speed because of the 5 speed box.

Then later I picked up a new 12v Golf GTI for a friend when I had my RS turbo. Although the engine was sweet in the Golf, everything else was awful, especially the German seats, and my RS was better all round. I could go on, but when my friend was selling his GTI Escort, I wanted a everyday car and what great value it has been.

I'm too old to revert to my boy racer days, and the car is slower than I would like, but it cruised to Spain 4 up and luggage including an inflatable boat and 15hp engine easily at 95-100mph, and returned mid 30's fuel consumption overall. It is a shame that the power comes in late, but it easily copes with my drum kit and has never let me down over 50000 miles.

Complaints? I'm always banging my head on the hatch catch, which is painful and draws blood! Watch out for rust on the sills edges under the car. Shame there wasn't a CD player and remote locking.

Benefits -- ABS air con, very reliable and comfortable, even though the Recaro seats in the previous Escorts were fantastic.

I'm ignoring the scrapage scheme as the car is so good it would break my heart to be very not green and see it scrapped, when I reckon I could keep it another 2 years.

28th Oct 2009, 07:01

Hello.

I've got a 1.6 Si Escort with a Peco exhaust and K&N air filter, and mine tops out about 105.

Please help.

29th Oct 2009, 09:57

No point in even attempting to get any more power, a 1.6 Escort is as dead as a door nail.

29th Oct 2009, 15:13

Can anyone tell me why my Escort GTI keeps holding its revs when driving? I can put it into neutral, and it keeps the revs up to wherever they were when I took my foot off the gas. Other than this, I love the car.

8th Nov 2009, 04:30

The idle speed control valve (found at the back of the head and a bit awkward to get to because of the inlet manifold!) are prone for sticking, and this could be the cause of your revs holding up. You may be able to clean it out with brake or carb cleaner, if not then you can get replacement ones new off ebay for about £25.

Hope this helps.

7th Jan 2010, 18:46

I have just got a GTi 115 bhp, want more power. HELP!!??

9th Jan 2010, 05:25

Buy a faster car. It will be built for the power with brakes and tolerances etc, will be easier to insure, and you won't lose money on performance mods that add nothing to the value of a car.

19th May 2010, 13:24

Take the 1.8 out and put a Mondeo 2.0 in. Better for more power in the future and obviously more powerful in standard form than a 1.8.

15th Jun 2010, 16:29

I have got a 1.8 GTI 115ps. When driving down the road the car holds back a lot in pretty much every gear.

18th Jun 2010, 10:49

Anyone know where I can get the bolt on turbo from for my Escort GTI?

Let me know on beechy222@gmail.com

23rd Sep 2010, 14:17

What's the best front brake upgrade for me to do on my GTi Estate? I'm going to stick with drums as is on the rear (for now), but want to uprate the discs / calipers / pads on the front. Not looking for top end Willwoods or anything expensive, as the car is standard 115. Heard you can bolt Mondeo discs and calipers straight on no issues, is that correct? If so, would it be best to match the year, as mine is a 1998 reg.

4th Feb 2011, 17:55

I have a 98 Escort GTi 1.8 in Panther Black.

To be honest, all I have mods wise is Pipercross Venom induction kit, high lift cams, had the head skimmed to the limit and ported, new bigger injectors and fuel pump, 2.0L Mondeo throttle body + sensor, and an engine breather, stainless steel manifold with just a 3 inch pipe going from manifold to back no cat, no middle section or rear box. Put old one on due MoT time hehe.

Lowered by 60spax springs, standard dampers, and brakes soon to be uprated when I can afford it LOL, and it's been stripped out at the back, and after all this money, it's gained about 40 brake, from the standard 115 brake with a little tuning, and all it's done is 130, but god does it accelerate; 0-60 in 7.9.

It's loud and proud, and makes me smile, but as for VTRs, I had one that was modified roughly the same, and they're pretty even; just depends on the quality of tuning and parts.

GTi Escorts are good looking for what they are, and I love mine to bits.