1990 Ford Telstar TX5 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Lousy, but lovable


Day after I bought it (from a mechanic), the heater died and soaked my front seat area in antifreeze; an absolute nightmare to fix.

Shuddered if you went over 100km/hr.

General Comments:

After the initial nightmares with this car, it was quite enjoyable to have after I amped the sound system and all.

Seats were comfortable; almost like bucket seats.

Steered very well; not too heavy and not too light for power steering.

Had very good pickup, and having overdrive made it really roar when you needed it.

Big spacious boot; I even put the seats down in the back and slept in it once; it was rather comfy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2007

1990 Ford Telstar 1.8 (base) 1.8 petrol from Malaysia


Powerless Bargain


The rear window's radiator switch gets jammed easily.

Power windows are slow needs motor replacement.

Seat belts are wearing.

Air-con broke down at 241500km. Compressor was replaced.

The speaker on the driver's door fell down at 242000km.

General Comments:

Powerless, needs 2nd gear to climb hills at 60km/h, but very economical, 40 liters for 350km for a 1.8 carburettor engined car.

Steering is light, good for parking, but not on highway. Lacks steering feedback.

Manual gearbox has good feedback, but it needs a little more energy to switch gears.

Seats are quite good and clean for a car in this age.

Interior is still in good shape, but they begin to wear out. Needs to be careful handling the switches.

Not much to expect since this car only costs 50% of a 1990 Honda Accord 2.0. A real bargain.

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

Review Date: 19th February, 2004

1990 Ford Telstar TX5 Ghia 2.2 litre 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Very luxurious, powerful and neat in a medium sized package


Nothing, this car has been nothing but great!

General Comments:

This car has nearly every option you could think of. Central locking, ABS brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, rear wiper/washer/de-mister (hatchback), power steering and more.

This car is also known as the Mazda 626 hatchback, it was just sold as a Ford over here. It has quite a lot of power, and handles really well, very comfortable, great for long trips, comfortable cabin. I think this car could last for a long time and I'm intending on keeping it for as long as possible, very luxurious.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2001

13th Jan 2002, 19:08

We have a 90 TX5 and it's crap.

I don't know how but we blew the gasket at 164k's.

It's noisy in the cabin.

The only good thing about the cars is the handling.

If this car had the Toyota Camry's drivetrain I'd keep the car.

29th Jan 2002, 22:59

I'm not sure why, I have a TX5 Ghia also and it's great, smooth, quiet and handles well.