1992 Ford Orion Reviews

1992 Ford Orion LX 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

It was a nice clean car good for traveling in and worked well

Faults:

The brake light switch got stuck and was on all the time.

General Comments:

The car was quite sluggish , but when in the afternoon when it was warm, it was fine.

It was very comfortable and it handled like a normal Ford anyway.

The cabin was clean and it had average looks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2006

1992 Ford Orion Ghia Si 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Nova

Summary:

Stupidly fast, excellent, boy racer car

Faults:

The rear wheel hub went, meaning the rear bearings had to be changed every 6mths.

The front wishbones only last 6mths before the CV boot cracks.

Problems with starting car from cold.

Exhaust gasket springs regularly need replacing.

Indicator arm needed replacing at 90000 miles.

Gearbox diff needed replacing at 120000 miles.

General Comments:

This car is very quick and leaves all other Orion's standing.

The parts for this are fairly cheap as most things that go are common faults for the model.

The seats are comfortable, although the fabric could have been chosen better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2005

1992 Ford Orion Ghia 1.8i, 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8i, 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Not so cheap and cheerful..

Faults:

Had to replace the front offside CV joint as expected when the wheels started clicking while cornering.

Eventually had to replace the exhaust center box and rear silencer as the holes were too big to continue patching. This was the first replacement of its life, so not bad for 75k. Something to check out for when buying used though.

Replaced front nearside wishbone and arms, then re-replaced both front arm/steering bushes assembly 5 months later.

Replaced fuel filer, as the car had hesitant acceleration.

Replaced cam-belt at 76k.

General Comments:

The car isn't too great on handling, after time the steering grew increasingly loose, due to tracking and steering arms - these had to be fixed.

Also no ABS on this model, can skid in the wet.

Servicing isn't all that cheap.

Tires are showing uneven wear possibly due to persistent bad tracking..

Starting can be a bit of an issue, I needed to press the gas a little during turn-over to get it going. This was even though the injectors were cleaned.

After a while the car used to stall at idle - this was due to a dirty throttle body. The garage cleaned this in April04 which seemed to cure it for a while, but erratic revs while idle seems to have come back by September.

Economy isn't great, not sure about the MPG, but usually get about 185miles average from a full tank.

Overly high insurance grouping, seeing as its not a performance/sports car.

On the plus side, parts are cheap, but the real cost is labor unless you are prepared and competent to do maintenance yourself the whole time. Little things seem to go wrong quite regularly, but may not be an issue if you can live with it until a major service and get it all fixed in one go.

Stuff like faulty headlight stalk - which would cause the full beam to accidentally stay on when using the indicators etc..

You get used to driving the car a certain way to compensate for these things though.

The clutch is on its way out, and crunches when shifting to reverse from neutral. 1st and 2nd are harder to get into as they are most used. However it's a 12 year old Ford...

On the positive side, it doesn't look like a '92 model. Still looks good and It's pretty solid.

There is NO rust, and the black metallic polishes up nicely.

No electrical problems apart from the stereo (my fault- lazy wiring!)

Being an 1.8i it can shift... theres no problems in doing 110+ on the motorway..

This was my second car, after the 1990 Polo I owned for 4 months prior. Can't really compare; VW was mechanically unbreakable, but suffered from rust and dodgy door locks.

The Orion looks the business especially with the usual Ghia refinements.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th October, 2004

6th May 2005, 17:20

I have owned this model (Ford Orion 1.8i 1992) for 10 years and have nothing, but praise for it. It has got through the last 4 M.O.T's with nothing, but new tires needed. My cam belt lasted until 88k and its just had it first replacement exhaust. I have had no problems with starting even in the snow. Having always owned Fords I reckon this is as good as they come.

I do agree with the insurance group it is far too expensive.

I will be very sorry when it goes to car heaven, but I anticipate that will be a long way off yet.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 17 reviews