1990 Ford Orion Ghia i 1.6 i from UK and Ireland
Reliable and a bargain
Car came with:
Warped brake discs.
Faulty speed sensor.
And most recently, the alternator packed up.
I paid only £440 for the car in Nov. 1999. It came with a long MOT and was taxed too. The previous owner(s) had obviously spent a lot of money on it as it had recently been serviced having a new timing belt, fuel filter & front tyres. However the car kept cutting off when coming to a stop and it seems that this was the reason it was sold.
The fuel cut-off switch had been bridged (it seems) to cure this problem. The fuel computer didn't work and ultimately after paying Lucas £45 for a diagnostic check the fault was found to be a faulty speed sensor. After replacing it (finally) with a £3 scrap yard jobbie the cutting off and jerking has stopped and the fuel computer works too!!
Overall the car is reliable, quick and makes a nice sound too! Okay so it now has a free flow manifold and system, Bosch Super 4 Plugs and 15" Cosworth alloys, oh and a drilled airbox for good measure. Tinted windows and clear front indicators add to the look.
Apart from a slight 'fluffing' at slow speeds, the car is faultless. The EFI engine seems a bit slower than the previous MFI, but hey it runs on anything, 4-star, unleaded, super plus.
The search is now on for a Scorpio 24v...
Problem is what do I do with 'my pride and joy'?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2002