1986 Ford Telstar AS TX5 Turbo 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


$800 eBay special with power, functionality and comfort - hard to believe it's less than 90kW


Drive shaft needs replacing, noticeable when over 4500rpm.

Rear exhaust broken needs replacement.

Rear lock barrel difficult to open, requires a high effort.

The front bumpers, and body side protection moulding fade badly and do not match - sun load testing questionable.

Oil everywhere in engine bay, but still goes hard.

General Comments:

Pretty quick old car, handles OK, still don't love front wheel cars due to torque steer, but pretty good for an oldie.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2007

3rd Jun 2007, 02:31

Honest, straight to point and true.

4th Nov 2014, 21:57

I own a 86 turbo intercooled and it goes like hell. A great car.

1986 Ford Telstar AS 2.0 carby from Australia and New Zealand


Not a bad car for a first car, but could be better


The front right CV joint has broken.

It used to have an alternator that needed replacing.

The ignition module needed replacing.

General Comments:

The Telstar is a reliable car and goes fairly well.

Occasionlly it runs a bit rough due to the cold weather we have in Mt Gambier (it has a manual choke).

The seats are fairly comfortable around town, but on long trips they do tend to get painful.

I have done a drag in it against a VK commodore and lost by a centimetre due to a near collision with it otherwise I would have blown it out of the water.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2005

1986 Ford Telstar AS 2.0L turbo EFI from Australia and New Zealand




So far so good. I had to have the gear linkages done for the roadworthy, and some work on the non-factory fitted turbo.

General Comments:

This car handles very well for what it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2004

1986 Ford Telstar Ghia from Australia and New Zealand


Reliable small car for young family


Water pump failed. Not a do it yourself job, got it out OK, but had to get mechanic out to put new one in.

Distributor Condenser did NOT like cold weather, I lived in Lithgow, NSW for a winter and it was very hard to start when temp 3 deg or below.

Antifreeze a must in cold weather, found that the radiator would freeze up and water boil while driving.

Hard vinyl surfaces cracking peeling and crumbling.

Several oil leaks fixed in this car over the time I had it.

Seats a bit on the thin side, padding wise, so not really comfortable on long drives.

General Comments:

Good reliable (as long as its not snow country) about town car for a small family. Not a lot of legroom for growing boys over 12 in the back.

Traded in on a larger car. I t was starting to loook tired and worn when I traded it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2004

1986 Ford Telstar TX5 Turbo Ghia 2L Carby from Australia and New Zealand


Good cheap fun


Rear suspension needed replacing.

Over sized tyres rubbed till suspension replaced.

Air conditioning system clutch failed and other problems.

Rear hatch gas struts no longer hold the weight.

Handbrake cable replaced.

Lots of oil in the engine bay, but no fatality yet.

General Comments:

For less than $3000, this car really impressed me. After owning new cars for many years, travel expenses meant buying a cheaper car, but I wanted something fun to drive that could hold its own at the lights...

If you remove the restriction plate from the rear muffler (or in my case remove the rear muffler..), a whole lot more power is unleashed making this a fairly quick car. From factory they have a low boost which has helped mine make it past 350,000km with only 1 rebuild.

Handling is sloppy, torque steer hilarious, especially with the power increased (see above). Equipment levels impressive and all power functions still working fine. Takes four people and gear easily.

Overall I'm surprisingly happy with this cheap thrill-mobile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2003