1993 Ford Orion LXi 1.6 Zetec from UK and Ireland
A high performance, high value transit van
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.
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