1991 Ford Scorpio Cosworth 24 valve 2.9 from UK and Ireland
Stupidly cheap, bulletproof sports-car eater
Car came with lousy brakes/disks. Total of £600 for all new pads and disks plus 2 rear calipers.
Odometer works when it feels like it so mileage is probably nearer to 150,000+
One connector in engine caused intermittent engine cut outs on left hand bends. Traced faulty connector and spent 70pence on a cable tie - cured problem.
One catalytic converter failed, they come in pairs and there are four on mine. Local exhaust place said Ford wanted £980 for one pair!!!. They searched locally and found a hand made unit with the two in for £500 so a bit better in price, but not much...
Rear wheel arches rusting slightly.
Air-con failed last year - not bothered to fixed it as I really like to hear that engine purr or growl.
An awesome performer:-
0-60mph in 7.1 seconds.!
0-130 in 24 seconds.!
I've had 165mph out of mine and it still had a spare 1400 rpm on the clock!!!
Oh and by the way - the antilock braking system is stunningly powerful. Stand on the anchor pedal at 145mph and your heart will stop beating for a second or two whilst your face will feel like its falling off - but stop you surely will!!
With these kinds of speeds so easy to achieve you must make sure the brakes and tyres are in REALLY GOOD CONDITION.
I get 22-24 mpg around town and on motorway cruise (even fully loaded & @ 85mph) i get 29-31mpg so economy is great for such a big bruiser of a car.
Oh yeah I recently bought a sectional 8ft x 6ft shed, folded the back seats down, laid it all in the back and went home at a steady 125mph up the A1. NO problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th June, 2005
15th Jun 2005, 05:52
Sorry mate, but you've got a broken speedo. I used to sell these new for a living, and they wouldn't do 165 even when brand new and just run in. Ford claimed 140 maximum which was about right, although we did see an indicated 145 from one on "private land". ;) There was no way it was going any quicker though. Ford also claimed 8.2 seconds to 62 mph (100 km/h), and I will admit they are a bit quicker than that (or feel it at least) but they'll never do it in 7.1.