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      17.06.2008 18:46
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      what a wicked car

      Hi im Lyndsays patner Pete as she wanted me to write a review ill write one on something i know about and thats cars.

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      A little history of the legend.
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      The sierra RS cosworth was the first production turbo powerd ford which caused a huge impact on the world of motor sport from 1985 to 19992 when the last sierra RS cosworth was made. The mk1 sierra RS coswoth had no ABS (Anti Lock Braking) system. It was extremly raw (and somewhat prone to throwing you off the road on corners when the unexpected happens). This car was well known for the huge whale tail boot spoiler that you cant forget. By the time the sierra sapphire RS cosworth arrived in 19998 the development of car technology was excelling in leaps and bounds although this was still rear wheel drive the car was more manageable to drive. In 1990 the sapphire 4x4 was launched although it had 0-60 time slower than predecessors (a maxium of 0.5 seconds difference) T he handling ability blew them away.

      The escort RS cosworth was launched in 1992: it lived up to its name by being more powerful, faster and outstanding handling, far better than the sierra. It also made its namein the world rally championship by being at the time one of the fastestcars participating and is still used by privateers in the world of rallyin.

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      The first rolled of the production line in 1992 (k plate) and production finished in 1996(N plate althoughsome was registered as a P plate if brought after the regisration changed in August 1996). The 1992-1995 Escort Rs cosworth had a garret T 34 turbo producing 227 BHP a top speed of about 145 MPH and 0-60time of 5.9 seconds. A downside to the large turbo is that it suffers from a large amount of turbo lag (the time of delay from when the accelerater is pressedto the time of when the turbo gets to full boost pressure), butcan be forgiven with the handling and the ride and the power the car gets once the turbo is running at full boost. ( I personalyadded a dump valve which eradicated some of the lag when changing gear, as the dump valve will allow the turbo to keep spinning and not stall when you change gear, and thus when you apply the accelerater the turbo has to start at 0 rmp to get full speed). The looks are great and once a again the whail tail was added to the car to make the car stand out in peoples minds , and also to help create down force for cornering. Remove the whale tail and you will increase the top speed and acceleration but it does make the carinto a straight line hero.

      In 1995 the escort T25 was launced witha smaller garett T25 turbo that produced the same 227 BHP but with a 5.7 0-60 time as turbo doesnt suffer from the same amount of lag as the T34.

      The escort came in three models the standerd, motorsport and the luxury. All three models came with the same engine but the main differance in the specifications was mainly the interior. In the luxury the interior has leather seats, air conditioning, cd radio etc the motorsport was a stripped out version and the standerd had a bassic fan heater normal cloth seats etc

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      The cossie is thirst on fuel if you are constanly drving at full throttle but relax hold the revs below 3500rmp and you get a reasonable consumption.

      The ride can be a little hard for long journeys so i have been told by passengers i personly dont have aa problem with the ride.

      The handling is great you get so much grip from the whale tail pushing the back end down that it sticks to the road whilst going around corners, even when you think that you should be off the road in a field some where. I have not had any nasty surprises half way round a bend of the car letting go.

      The car is well built and if you service regularly it is reliable.
      Getting parts for the car from Ford can be a waiting game as the specialist parts generally have to be ordered in, though there are many aftermarket companies available which can provide near enough any part you require or an alternative. The cost for these parts is simply you pay for what you get, if you want a unreliable/cheap part that will wear quickly buy cheap, this car is a high performance car don't scrimp on the cost of vital parts and you will have a far better experience, because of the large amount of aftermarket parts available you can shop around for a decent part and try and barter with some companies to drop the price or give diSome of the older models that haven't been looked after as well as others are starting to suffer from rust and this should always be taken in to account when purchasing a car like this, because the value of the car holds so well you will want to get the job done properly. It is worth spending the money if you have to getting a full re-spray rather than try and match paint. The car is up to 15 years old at the time I am writing this and although by matching paint and repairing areas that have been attacked by rust, then cutting and buffing the other paint area's will only temporarily solve the paint match. In my experience with another car this worked for about a year but as the car started to fade the area's that were only cut and buffed faded quicker than the area's that were sprayed.scount on multiple purchases.

      Some of the older models that haven't been looked after as well as others are starting to suffer from rust and this should always be taken in to account when purchasing a car like this, because the value of the car holds so well you will want to get the job done properly. It is worth spending the money if you have to getting a full re-spray rather than try and match paint. The car is up to 15 years old at the time I am writing this and although by matching paint and repairing areas that have been attacked by rust, then cutting and buffing the other paint area's will only temporarily solve the paint match. In my experience with another car this worked for about a year but as the car started to fade the area's that were only cut and buffed faded quicker than the area's that were sprayed.

      The potential that the Escort has is as much as your pocket can afford. This being with the modification, reliability and running costs, there are some 600 BHP track day beasts out there but are designed for a one day use before having to have parts replaced, the potential is there.

      Safety for this car is good under normal driving conditions but as with any car if you exceed the normal driving speed then the safety is reduced.
      Ford's customer service is very good they will always order the parts for you straight away the only problem is if there are no available parts in the country, then there can be six week wait in a worse case scenario.

      The following insurance is based on a male 27 year old with an SP30 £60 fine living in a medium risk area with the car garaged:

      A 1994 Escort Cosworth Luxury valued at £12000 with standard factory fitted security will cost about £1500 a year.

      A 1994 Escort Cosworth Luxury valued at £12000 with Thatcham approved Toad Ai606 and RAC Trackstar security will cost about £1200a year and £150 for the tracking contract. (Well worth it as the tracker can locate any car within a max of 100 metres depending on the quality of your tracker).

      I smile every time I get behind the wheel of this car it is phenomenal a true piece of automotive history and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fast car.
      Thanks for reading if you want me to expand on something or if I need to improve an area please send me a message and I'll try and sort it out.

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        16.10.2002 20:34
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        I have had two of these babies, and I won't bore you all with the performance/handling aspects - suffice to say that the other reviews here are all pretty much bang on. What I think people should be aware of with these cars is the investment needed - not only to buy one, but to keep them on the road. I'll share my experiences of each car: 1994 Lux Model (big turbo) I owned this car from 1997-2000. It was a lux model, but did not have aircon or leather. It did however have elec windows, mirrors, central locking, heated screens etc., which set it apart from the standard model. I paid £19,000 for the car from a Ford RS dealer, and it had covered 20,000 miles when I bought it. It was my first performance car, and the first shock came quickly. I'd had it about 3 months, when I got a problem with a major electrical fuse blowing - 2 weeks at the local Ford RS dealer and £350 later, they traced it to be a faulty output from the engine control module. I had intermittent cold-start problems during every winter, until around 1999 when things came to a head and it started to misfire on me badly under heavy accelleration. This time, it was a £500 task to discover how/why damp was constantly getting into the ignition system. The other main thing that went wrong was the Ford immobilisor, which I was quoted £650 to replace, but decided to have it removed instead (for £90) as there was also a Clifford system on-board. When I sold it (in 2000 for £10500) it had covered 75,000 miles, and the engine was beginning to sound a little noisy and tappety. It had always been to Ford for every service, but I later learned that they use a fully-synthetic oil rated at 0W/40, when in actual fact the engine runs much better on 15W/60 oil. 1995 Lux Model (small turbo) I owned this car from 2001-2002. It was also a lux model, but with the later spec small turbocharger which made the car more responsive. This one also had aircon - which is a must, because when yo
        u come to sell the car later, you'll find that any examples without aircon are much harder to shift - look how much money I lost on my first one!!! I paid £14,000 for the car privately, and it had covered 33,000 miles. Having had plenty of bad experiences with the large turbo model, I paid particular attention to how this car cold started before I purchased it. All in all, this car was a dream in comparison. Never did it backfire, nor did it have any cold start issues. The only thing that went wrong was that it started to lose power because one of the cat's had gone, but I got a cheap 2nd hand replacement (£50) and it was fine again. So good was this car that I had it converted to stage 1 - 260bhp, which makes a difference, but you soon get used to the extra power! When I sold it, it had done 60,000 miles, and I got back £12,000 - as I said having the aircon makes a big difference. All in all, to summarise owning these vehicles you should consider the following points: - The big turbo model is easier to tune, but is not a particularly sorted car. The later small turbo ones incoroporate many relaibility fixes which were found to be problems on the earlier engines. - Go for as many luxuries as you can afford. Standard/motorsport cars, or lux's without leather/aircon do not fetch as much money when you come to sell them. - Budget a lot for servicing and repairs. Some parts are shared with the standard escort (eg £3 for an oil filter), but the bits that are specialist are very expensive eg: set of spark plugs £40, HT leads £120, 5l motorsport oil £35, front wing £275, tyres £140 each, front air splitter assembly £400+. - Also bear in mind that parts are getting harder to come by. These cars are getting old, things go wrong, and the Ford dealers rarely stock any part you need. If they have to order them you may find that they no longer exist, in which case you need to look for a model being scrapped (Golddust) or if one exists, fit an
        aftermarket part which may not be reliable. - Keep it in the garage - especially the earlier model ones. They don't like the damp, or the elements, and if kept garaged, will not let you down. What I would say, is that they are a remarkably practical car to own - both of mine have operated as my main vehicle. They have a pretty good sized boot (not quite as big as standard Escort), seat 4 adults in relative comfort, return reasonable fuel economy, up to 350 miles to the tank (providing you don't get it converted!), and are relatively quiet inside the cabin, until you replace the standard Ford exhaust with a performance one! They are also comfortable to drive on long journeys. They are fantastically built, I have yet to see any rust on even an early 1992/3 model, and everything is screwed together impeccably. And, although they may be every car thief's dream, the average mug on the street does not bother with them, as they have so many anti-theft devices and immobilisors, that only the professional theif will take any notice.

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          10.06.2002 10:32
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          There is no doubting the visual impact the Escort Cossie has on people the first time they lay their eyes on it. As with many people, it was love at first sight. I was only 18 years old at the time of its launch and could remember saying to myself that I would be the proud owner of one someday. 8 years on and living in Hong Kong, I am pleased to say that my dream has come true and I am now the proud owner of an 1993 White Lux Model. How I came about to become the owner is another story in itself, suffice to say that luck had played a major part in it the understatement of the year. As expected the car performs and looks the part, Ford had a very focused approach to the project and knew what exactly they needed for the rally car and what the public would want. The overall package they came up with, was not only impressive in its day, but remains so to this day. As with all the other reviews, the performance, handling, grip and looks are superb. Although there are some things that can be addressed as being faults, such as the massive turbo lag (I have the big turbo version), I just need to take a look at it and all is forgiven. Ford knew that the engine response would suffer with the larger turbo (experience gained from the Sierra RS500) but was deemed an trade off on the road car as it was very much needed in the Rally Car, which due to homologation requirements required the road cars to have the same basic configuration. It was so planned, that after the inital run to satisfy the homologation, Ford brought out the smaller turbo version of this car, which had much better engine response and drivibility, but ultimately less tunability. There were advantages gained for the homologation, it meant that the roard car shared many of the rally car's inherent strengths such as an seam welded body (built by Karman, Germany), big brakes and strenghtend mechanical components. The chassis is much stronger than standard Escorts and the only panels
          which are shared are the door skins, roof and rear hatch. The big brakes are very effective and can pull you to a stop quickly and with an minimal amount of fuss. There is ABS and discs all round for the road car, however there is an tendency for the front discs to warp if the car is driven too enthusiastically for long periods of time and an upgrade is highly recommended if you intend to increase the car's performance. The Escort RS Cosworth is the first car in the world to feature EL lit clocks, basically the dials glow rather than lit by bulbs and the green tint at night is really cool! Recaro body huging seats come as standard as does leather clad steering and gear knob. My example has leather as well, but is too slippery when cornering hard!!! As expected airbags for the driver is available as an option or as standard on the smaller turbo version and the passenger can be optional. However, there are drawbacks of owning one now though, as always the insurance is high and you are in constant fear of returning to the carpark only to find it going walkies. As the car was launched during the rise of car theft, Ford included all the security measures at their means as standard features which include and Vecta immobiliser, dead loacks and Fords own built in security system. But the biggest problem now, is that even the latest cars are now almost 5 years old and mine being one of the early ones is now 9 years old. As with all cars of their age, constant repairs / replacements are required now and as in my case where the performance has been increased, things breaking is becoming an regular occurence. Parts are not that more expensive that the regular Ford parts and can be obtained easily either through the main dealer or from the RS specialists around. But as I reside in Hong Kong, I have to have the parts sent over by courier or post (can get costly). These are parts that I have needed to replace: Hoses (Coola
          nt, Turbo) Radiator (Upgraded) Air-con Compressor Pump Suspension Bushes CV Joints Ball Joints Wheel Bearings Engine Mounts Various Engine Sensors Spark Plug Leads I would recommend anyone who is or has thought about buying one to do so, there maybe cars now which can outperform it but none will make you feel so special! There is no mistaking it for anything other than an Escort Cosworth! I have converted mine to Phase III specification (approximately GBP1,000) which produces over 300 BHP, in real terms, this is is more than adequate to blow away the Imprezas and Mitsubishi Evolutions. I have compared the performace on the road with many vehicles and in an straight line, it was very similar to an Audi S6. Which has over 380 BHP and does 0-60MPH in under 5 seconds!!!!! More than enough for most people! This ones definately not one for the shy and faint hearted.

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            30.03.2001 17:52
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            I've never owned an escort cosworth but it has always been my dream car since I first seen one about 5 years ago. It must be the nicest, most stylish car ever made. I have been in one since then and it just proved my point. If you like driving down B roads at high speed, then this is the car to do it in. It handles like a go-kart, sticks to the road like glue and the four wheel drive system will get you out of trouble nearly every time. The problem is, the car's too good. Someone once told me that when you have an accident in one of these, it's usually a big one. The interior is typical high standard leather and the seats are pretty supportive (although not as good as Recaros). There's a fair bit of space inside, but I wouldn't want to carry five people in it. The thing is, it's actually quite a small car from the outside. The engine is incredibly responsive, with very little turbo lag. Things go bang at about 2800rpm, when the turbo kicks in and the world goes blurry. The main problem I have heard about with the cossie is that you never really know when the turbo is going to kick in, its never really without power without the turbo but then BANG, its warp 9 for you. You do get a lot of road noise from the tyres and drive train, but the engine itself is actually pretty quiet at speed; you just hear a bit of turbo whine. Even though the engines are pretty special, you have to admit the body is out of this world. That wing for a spoiler, if anyone says its not the best spoiler ever, they are blind. Even people who say they dont like it stop in the streets. One problem though, even though they stopped making them about 4 years ago, its still hard to get one for under £14,000. But even for that, its one great car. Its well worth it.

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              I have been driving now for about 10 years. I am 29 years old and I have just bought my dream car. A Ford Escort Cosworth. I think that this car should be rated as one of the all time greats as there is just not one thing that is wrong with it. Everything is perfect. The spoiler is incredible and the engine noise is just like a growl. There cannot be a sweeter car then this. I paid £17,000 for it. The number plate is Cozzi and it is a dream come true. Just to sit behind the wheel and to rev the engine is just an incredible feeling. I think that this car is a classis. Ford stopped making them about 4 years ago now. I think that this was a big mistake as they have never seemed to replace them with another car that has anything like the perfection of the Cosworth. The cars are going up in value at the moment. Which isn't to good for people who are looking to buy them. The cosworth is the ultimate car.

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