1989 Ford Telstar Reviews

1989 Ford Telstar GL 2.0L 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 kilometres
Most recent distance64000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna


Plan-your-day-in-advance rustbucket



I lived in a hilly area when I had the Telstar, and it would need at least 10-15 minutes warm up time to make it up the driveway; unreliable if in a hurry.

Odometer tampered with; make sure the numbers are perfectly aligned before considering.

Alternator exploded; fragments almost punctured the radiator and hoses.

3 speed auto gave me 460km out of a full 55L tank on 4 separate occasions; get a manual transmission if available.

Had to remove a lot of rust.

Plastic interior turns to grainy sand composition over time.

No power whatsoever; a TX5 is a better alternative.

Whenever I left the Telstar unattended, people would attempt to pick the lock with teaspoons, so I accumulated a vast collection of 20 or so spoons in first 2 months of owning, so visually the locks look flimsy I guess?

General Comments:


Surprisingly comfortable and spacious for such a small car.

No rattles, leaks or noises around city and freeway.

You will become very proficient at rust removal :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2012

1989 Ford Telstar TX5 2.0 DOHC fuel injection from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC fuel injection Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance245000 kilometres


Brilliant car


Head gasket blew due to thermostat and faulty TCS, due to a lack of maintenance - one of those things I didn't know a lot about then, and found out the hard way - no thermostats in my car ever again!

Besides this, there were a few other little maintenance issues - since been resolved.

General Comments:

Great car overall. Spent more time and money than I should have fixing it up, but then again, I don't ever regret it and would do it again if I had to.

I learned a lot by DIY, and now it's the best car I have ever owned.

It's quick and powerful, yet economical for a car this size.

Sport/bucket seats very comfortable; spacious interior.

Handles confidently even on the tightest corner.

Still looks like a supermodel 20 years on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2007

26th Dec 2009, 20:43

Still own this car to this day. Best advice I can give is to keep on top of servicing. I service this car every 10,000ks. It gets a cooling system flush every 2 years. As long as it has good oil and coolant, you really can't go wrong.


Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews