Council estate limo - a sophisticated hooligan's car
Core plug went and the car dumped all its coolant.
As it aged, the central locking proved unreliable - ended up playing central locking roulette, having to check what lock hadn't worked each time you secured the car - what is the point of central locking if you have to go round the car checking all the doors (and the boot) every time you lock up!!??
Rust - awful spearing rust in the door bottoms, floor pan and inner wings
Impossibly heavy unassisted steering.
Went well enough - roomy, but not really the BMW basher Ford fans would have you believe. My Dad had one a similar age at around the same time and kept it for longer than I did, and his just dissolved. And just for the doubters, Manchester is NOT by the sea - nor does it rain as often as people would have you believe - the rust protection was just awful. My wife's Fiesta of a similar age did the same.
The interior was quite nice, though the grey, hard and easily scratched plastics were VERY 80's.
On the whole, even for the time it was pricey, only reasonably economical, and performed fairly well, but just not good enough.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd November, 2013