1988 Ford Scorpio Reviews

1988 Ford Scorpio GLi 4x4 2.9 V6 engine from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 engine Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance227000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 99


Extremely value for money if yu compare it to for example a Audi 100 Qauttro


Gearbox started to make weird noises.

Rattling sound when doing corners.

The above defects are on this rare 4x4 version very expensive because there where less than fifty on the roads in the Netherlands so there aren't any parts available on the scrap-yard and thereby you have to buy the very expensive new one's from Ford.

Engine computer broke down.

Rust was getting to much so it had to go in 2004.

General Comments:

A very reliable car with a great interior for its age. Al options like for example the electrical windows still work perfect. Unlike other Scorpio's this one really drives great because of the 4x4 All Wheel drive system. Even in the winter when the streets are frozen this car still drives very accurate. The car is very fast and strong when you are transporting heavy loads. The only thing about its car is the fuel consumption. It drinks more than me!

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

Review Date: 20th July, 2004

1988 Ford Scorpio 2.9v6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9v6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance114500 miles
Previous carCitroen Berlingo


Luxurious motoring at a bargain basement price


Starter motor packed up at about 113000 miles.

Some things don't work IE: electric rear seats, rear windows, and heated screens.

I can live with that, they are no problem.

General Comments:

Extremely quick, I also have a sports car about the same age as the Scorpio, and the 0-60 time is only about a second better.

With the cruise control, it's the nearest I've felt to being a passenger in a car when I've been sat behind the wheel.

On a run, it will do 30mpg+, I am averaging 31-33mpg on a daily 110mile commute.

Extremely comfortable seats.

First car I've owned with an auto box, but very happy with it.

For a little over £100 it was a definite bargain, has already paid for itself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2003

1988 Ford Scorpio CL 2.4 EFI V6 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.4 EFI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 kilometres
Most recent distance189000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 340


A great car, poorly built


The auto-box is a nightmare. It searching for the right gear all of the time. Now it is failing, slipping and burning away. This seems to be normal for the A4LD transmission, so my mechanic told me.

The powered steering is failing.

The prop shaft is out of balance.

The odometer has been tampered with. I think the car has done a lot more than the 190.000 km on the clock.

It will have to go.

General Comments:

It was a great car to drive. Lots of space, comfortable like no other.

If the auto-box was better, I would buy another one.

Now, I am going for a Mercedes 200E.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 2001

1st Sep 2003, 15:33

I was totally wrong. I sold the car on for peanuts with a full explanation of the things wrong. She has been driving very care full to spare the transmission. It has paid off. She has driven from 194.000 KM to 245.000 KM today. The car has passed the dutch MOT (APK) again and is still going strong.


3rd Jul 2005, 15:41

It has been scrapped because the owner wanted a more economic car. She bought a new fiat panda. For the 11.000 Euro she spend she could have driven the Scorpio for a long time. It had 265.000 km when it was scrapped.

I now drive a Mercedes 190, but that is to small. I'm going to look for an other scorpio from before 1995.


Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews