1993 Ford Orion Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1993 Ford Orion LXi 1.6 Zetec from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Zetec Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance101500 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

A high performance, high value transit van

Faults:

The only things that go on Escorts and Orion`s between H and P plate are the fuse boxes, this one has been alright.

The passenger electric window gearbox has self destructed twice which has caused me to rebuild it. Twice.

General Comments:

The Orion variant is a better option that the standard Escort. I payed £1100 for a 1993, L reg 1.6i, the equivalent Escort was £1500. Because they are bigger nobody wants them, I don`t care. For less money you get bigger brakes, slightly stiffer suspension and anti-roll bars and slightly wider tyres. You also get a boot that will fit a double bed in it, great for moving out.

The 1600 zetec is an untunable and undestructable lump. At 100,000 miles it needs no major work and although it is not nippy it will still crank up a motorway at 130MPH. It will also out corner kids in Citroen Saxos on roundabouts because of the extra wheelbase. When it slides you can catch it.

To put it mildly I will buy another one when I smash this one up. Enough said.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2002

1993 Ford Orion Equipe 1.8i 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A comfortable and quick way to get from A to B

Faults:

Starter motor failed at 100,000 miles.

Head gasket blew at 105,000 miles.

Starter motor (a cheap re-manufactured part fitted by a non-franchise garage) failed again at 110,000 miles.

Catalytic convertor failed at 112,000 miles.

Suspension dampers started leaking somewhere between 112,000 and 115,000 miles.

General Comments:

Although the Orion is not performance orientated, it is quick enough to be entertaining, with positive handling.

The interior is dominated by the plastic dashboard, but everything else is appealing. The seats lack side support.

Reliability was pretty good considering the mileage, and the problems encountered were more dealer related than vehicle. Some items, such as the catalytic converter, have an average lifespan of 80-100,000 miles, and suspension components wear out with use. Overall, reliability was no worse than for other high-mileage vehicles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2001

1993 Ford Orion LX 1.8i 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8i 16v Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired37000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Faults:

New gear-box required at 50,000 miles.

Original fuse-box had 8 repairs done. Replacement has been fitted (2nd hand) which also has now had one repair and since been bypassed to get the interior fan to work.

New clutch at 65,000 miles.

Factory fitted rear speakers no longer work from the radio (also factory fitted) - had to splice into the front speaker circuit - they now work.

Seat-belt height adjuster (driver's side) is broken.

Fuel pump relay, lambda sensor, water temperature sensor have all needed replacing at 50,000 miles.

Starter motor replaced at 60,000.

General Comments:

Good points:

When the car is actually working properly, it is fantastic to drive - performance, road holding etc are excellent.

It's just a shame that it is not working properly more more often.

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

Review Date: 7th June, 2001

1993 Ford Orion LX 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

You can't beat diesel!

Faults:

Brake fluid level sensor kept flickering.

Indicator stalk.

General Comments:

All round a good reliable car, loads of room with a nice interior, great economy (55+mpg), reasonable performance, good looking thing (must have a spoiler), drives solid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2000

10th Jan 2001, 16:33

The Ford Orion diesel is terminally slow, which makes for noisy acceleration to reach normal traffic speeds. The lack of power steering makes parking difficult, but gives good feedback in slippy conditions. This car desperately needs a turbo for that extra 30 BHP to make it a little less frustrating to drive.

The gear change and clutch are ,however, excellent. I have driven many cars, mostly recent models and few have matched the Orion for positive feeling clutch and gear change mechanics. This allows for good engine braking and makes the best of the minute amount of power available.

1993 Ford Orion LX 1.8 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Reasonable car in its day

Faults:

Battery fizzed causing battery acid to eat the bodywork, result - water in passenger footwell (suppose it could be an 'optional' footspa).

Random failure of the headlights.

Fuel gauge accurate to +/- half a tank.

General bad electrics.

General Comments:

Heavy steering and sluggish performance around town. 0 - 60 measured in minutes as long as you do not go up hill.

Superb fuel economy.

Never fails to start in all weathers.

Engine still solid at 103,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2000

7th Nov 2003, 14:24

Is this Orion the turbo diesel or non turbo diesel?

1993 Ford Orion Ghia I 1.8 16V petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.8 16V petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Cut out a couple of times then would not start for a short while (would not fire). Indicators stopped working when left on for a long time.

General Comments:

Great looking car, the engine sounds great when booted and it's still standard. The girlfriend loves it.

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

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 10 reviews