1992 Ford Orion Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1992 Ford Orion Ghia EFI 1.6 CVH from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 CVH Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Reliable with performance

Faults:

Indicator stalks put the main beam on when activated. That's all!!!

General Comments:

This is one quick car! I've slightly modified mine and it can beat a 2.0 Mondeo off the mark. I have de-catted it and K&Ned it. It really does sound sweet when given some gas! Basically under the hood is the old model Escort's XR3i engine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2001

7th Sep 2001, 05:08

This model didn't have a cat.

20th Jan 2002, 00:38

Oh and if it had a cat, removing it means violating MOT and you would not be able to renew.

15th Apr 2003, 01:54

The Orion Ghia EFI did have a CAT because when I tried to obtain an insurance quote for mine they asked if it was a CAT model.

And by the way "it sounds sweet when given some gas". I think not. The CVH engine is a rough, inflexible old nail of an engine that should've been laid to rest many years before it was. It's basically a '50's Kent engine with a different head, as is the engine in the current Ford Ka!!!

1992 Ford Orion LX 1.8i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI

Faults:

The speedometor stopped working.

The driver's side door slave broke so the alarm kept going off.

The full beam sticks on.

I have a had a broken wire in the loom which caused all kind of running problems.

General Comments:

Great car to drive in comfort terms.

It is not responsive enough in terms of acceleration to justify a 1800 size engine.

Watch out for rust on the rear arches.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2001

1992 Ford Orion LX 1.4 CVH Carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 CVH Carb Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A depressing start

Faults:

Oil light came on, the engine started to rattle and it ground to a halt.

General Comments:

On the first run out in it, it broke down. I hope this is not a bad sign.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2000

1992 Ford Orion Ghia 1.6 EFi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 EFi Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carFord Escort Estate

Summary:

Dapper ride

Faults:

Gearbox.

Dashboard lights.

Diff seals.

Electric window.

Heated windscreen.

Radiator.

General Comments:

A very nice drive, great for taking the family on holiday and when the boy racer spirit takes you a few people are surprised (not everybody) when you leave them standing. Sounds like heaven when you give it some.

Altogether for its size, a rough ride.

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

Review Date: 23rd November, 2000

1992 Ford Orion Ghia Si 1.8 16v 180bhp from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v 180bhp Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired43295 miles
Most recent distance79764 miles

Summary:

Very good car for performance. Easy and cheap to modify

Faults:

Car radio packed up (Replaced with Alpine CD system).

Most expensive item to go wrong is the hot/cold air blower which packed up. Fuse and relay board developed a short (common problem with the Ghia so I've been told), Ford price to repair £280.00. Quick fix: take the 12v supply from the radio and jump a wire up to the control and it works (Cost 99p for a metre of 25amp wire).

General Comments:

I've done quite a few mods to the car to take it from the standard 130BHP to just under 180BHP. I can outrun most of the big saloons from a stand still and find it quite fun when at lights and sales execs try to outrun me and I just touch the pedal, burn and leave them in the dust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2000

1992 Ford Orion Ghia EFI 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro MG

Summary:

Quick, temperamental, pinchable

Faults:

Gearbox failure twice.

Starter motor.

Alternator twice.

Ball joints and bushes.

Shock absorbers.

Exhaust.

Broken into twice.

General Comments:

I use the car for road rallies, so that is probably why it keeps breaking! I've also modified it as things have broken. i.e. performance exhaust, stiff shocks etc. She is a quick car but suffers from lots of niggling problems. On the whole very enjoyable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2000

1992 Ford Orion 1.3 Riche 1.3 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Had one big electronic problem that costed about $500 to fix, but no other large expenses, except the usual.

General Comments:

Don't buy original exhaust pipes from Ford dealers, these are not only more expensive than the ones at a quick-fitter, but do also rust quite fast.

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

Review Date: 11th October, 1999

1992 Ford Orion GLX 1.6 EFI from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 1.6 EFI
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10

Faults:

Starter motor seized, battery constantly flat, electrics keep blowing.

General Comments:

Fun to drive and would be an ideal family car if it didn`t knack up all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 1999

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