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      18.07.2012 15:26

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      good little car

      Ford Escort Finesse 2000 1.6l 5 door hatchback.

      I have had my Ford Escort for seven years now and it has done me proud. It is a year 2000 1.6l 16v Finesse. So it is the last but one model that ford ever produced. It is now twelve years old and has done just over 100k. It was purchased in 2005 having done 45k miles. I have replaced the head gasket (2007), cat(2011), suspension(2008), compressor (2005) etc, but over all its been a good little runner. It was used for regular long journeys up and down the country between 2005 and 2009 and since then has done short daily commutes and in both respects it has been quite reliable. It has had regular services etc and I have no complaints. Unfortunately due to size etc I am having to upgrade to an estate car, having said that don't under estimate the size of the escort, its compact, easy to park, but you can still get a large load in. I managed to fit a double mattress in, with back seats folded down, to go to the tip with not too much of an issue.

      Running costs aren't bad. Tax comes in at £220 per year due to year of manufacture. Insurance does seem to be very low though at group 15. (see www.parkers.co.uk for more information on insurance groups).

      When doing long journeys it usually does 400 miles to a tank. Currently I am only getting about 250-300 miles to a tank because my daily commute is just 4 miles each way, so less fuel economy.

      Will be sad to see mine go. Highly recommended.

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      16.06.2012 21:13

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      I've had 2 Escorts - 1st was a MK3 X REG 1.3 GL MINT GREEEN manual gearbox2nd was a mk6 1.6 GL injection 16v in purple - both pure luxury for their time. My purple one I had for 6 yrs and it had aircon. I only sold it because I got it up to 100k in miles and was given a newer car by a good friend who's wife had died and wanted me to have her car.

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      07.12.2010 16:45

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      I HAVE OWNED TWO ESCORT ECLIPSES RED AND BLUE. THEY HAD THE BULLET PROOF 1.3 OHV ENGINE. NO CAMBELT, SO THEY WENT ON FOREVER AND EVER. THE TAPPETS OCASSIONALLY NEEDED ADJUSTING. I HAVE OWNED ESCORT 1997 1.6 LX AND ESCORT 1997 1.8 SI AND NOW I OWN THE ESCORT 1.8 1998 GTI. MY FAVOURITE OF THEM ALL IS THE ECLIPSE, THEY WERE SO SIMPLE TO FIX AND RELAIBLE AND VERY ECONOMICAL WITH THE MANUAL CHOKE AND CARBURETTOR SET UP. THEY HAD CHEAP INSURANCE AS WELL. THE BEST THING ABOUT THE CAR WAS THAT IT LOOKED GOOD IN ITS DAY PACKED WITH SOME GOODIES. THE PROBLEM NOWADAYS IS THAT , YOU CANT GET A CAR THAT LOOKS GOOD PACKED WITH GOODIES WITH A SMALL ENGINE.IT HAD CENTRAL LOCKING, REAR ARMREST,REV COUNTER,ELECTRIC WINDOWS,REAR SPOILER.THE 1.3 WAS NIPPY AND I DID MANAGE TO GET OVER 100 OUT OF IT.

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      11.08.2010 12:25
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      Not as safe as you may think

      Ford must be one of the major brand names that spring to mind when thinking about car manufacturers, so we like many others have had a variety of Fords in our time. Some have been good, some not so good. Both the old Ford Escort diesel 1.8, the Escort 1.4 petrol were amongst just some of the Fords that have darkened our door.

      The Ford Escort diesel is the one I am reviewing here. I have to say that its really dark midnight blue paint did nothing for its looks. To me the car smacked of dullness. Even after a good deal of washing and polishing the car never came up as anything close to attractive. Whoever thought that this non metallic shade would set hearts and minds alight was far from right. The car was, in its 1999 guise a bulky creature, with a long bonnet and a decent sized boot, which you could never say was easy on the eye.

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      This car was a heavy beast to steer. It was almost like bear wrestling when it came to parking. The car was rather long and so couldn't be slipped easily into teeny tiny spaces. If you wanted to park the beast you had to wrestle it into submission first, which meant lots of hard work at the very stiff and unresponsive steering wheel.

      The problem with the steering was mainly the fact that it lacked power steering, that glorious thing we have all grown to know and love about our cars now. Having driven other cars which also lacked this feature, the only one that was anywhere near as bad was an old Corsa we had. So I do feel that the heavy steering is a major down side for this model.

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      The fuel consumption of the car was one of its more redeeming features, as it seemed to offer a reasonable mpg at the time. I feel this was mostly due to its diesel engine, which rattled and spluttered a great deal when starting it up, but seemed to be reliable enough when on the road.

      The windows on the car worked with an easy and simple elbow grease feature, which may be long forgotten by some. There were no posh electric windows or central locking in this car. It didn't ever ooze luxury, it seemed to scream budget more than anything. The seats were reasonably comfortable mind you and I do feel that most of the Fords we have had did have decent seating.

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      One thing I do feel I need to mention is that this model and many of the other Fords we had, had no airbags, although later models did sometimes have them. When looking at the Euro Ncap safety ratings for this car I was shocked to see that the true figures were withheld from being published for some time.

      I will provide a link to these results at the end of this review as I feel that if you are in any way considering purchasing an older Escort you should look into the figures and results. Its truly shocking to see that one of the most popular and iconic cars on the roads for many years had such dire crash test results.

      In fact rumour has it that Ford wanted these held back till they updated their model which then became the Focus. I cannot comment on the reliability of this in any way, but the NCAP ratings do speak for themselves. The new Focus has a really good NCAP safety rating, so it is good to know that Ford sat up and took note with their more recent designs.

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      The lack of a good safety rating was something that did make us look into replacing the car asap and as far as I can see, the very low safety rating means I cannot give the Escort a higher rating than 1 star. I wouldn't recommend it because of this and had we known of this prior to purchase we would not have bought the car.

      I would always want to check out a cars rating prior to purchase now and by visiting the Euro NCAP site its very easy to check which model has which safety rating.

      Info on the Euro NCAP rating for the Ford Escort is here, it makes startling reading as this test was on a so called updated and safer model, I dread to think what the original test was made on.

      http://www.euroncap.com/tests/ford_escort_1999/33.aspx

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        27.06.2010 10:40

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        If you want reliability at a decent price then this is the car for you.

        Ford Escort is a collective term for a group of cars. I won't detail all these here (Wikipedia, as for a lot of things, is a good source of information) as my experience is confined to only one model and therefore anything else is really irrelevant.

        I have an R registration Ford Escort LX model which has had two previous owners. In short it is a fantastic, reliable car. Although I inherited it from family members who are all careful drivers it has still been brilliant and has never had anything mechanically wrong with it.

        In its previous MOT it needed new tyres and I have just had an MOT and been told that it needs a new clutch (entirely to be expected with a car this old) but other than that it is fine.

        I know these cars are not particular fashionable to look at but I have has far less problems with my one than people who have owned more expensive cars for only a few years.

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        21.06.2010 20:26
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        Very basic no frills car but economical running costs

        My third car when I was about 20/21 was a barely 12 month old 1989 F reg black Escort 1.3.A basic model so I bought XR3i alloys and a decent stereo and it looked really cool back then.Unfortunately performance was very disappointing,having owned previously a Vauxhall Nova 1.2,it felt alot slower and heavier.I could not at least in my Dads words get into too much trouble and the tyres would last longer.He found the car for me through a friend for just £4000,pretty good value for a car with only 8000 miles on it and as new.
        I really wanted an Astra GTE or something sporty but I listened to Dad,oh what a mistake.I managed to cause the rocker shaft to break,the part over the top of the engine that manages the top of the valves opening and closing.The local mechanic near my work place advised me it was unusual,the engine was not a great one and probably this was a manufacturing fault.I didn't think to take it to Ford for compensation thinking back it was probably still under warranty,I just had it repaired @ £300 or so and decided to move it on.It was all flash and no dash,cheap on insurance though but I could afford something a alot better than this!This was the last time I let my Dad influence me about cars,from then on I would make my own mind up and make my own mistakes so learn alot about them for myself.
        To sum up these are pretty dam slow,disappointing to drive and not much fun.If you are looking for a cheap runaround I would look elsewhere quite frankly but the best thing going for it is the good dealer network,anyone can work on it ,parts easily available so if it does breakdown there will be someone who will fix it for reasonable money.
        I did well on my PX,dealer allowed me £4000 back on it against a Toyota Celica and even made me put the original steel wheels on it,so I sold the XR3 alloys on and got my money back!
        In the end I put around 12000+ miles on it and it cost peanuts to run apart from the rocker shaft breaking.I have done alot worse on some of my other cars!

        Thanks for reading my review and I hope you found it interesting.If this has been useful to you and you take time to leave Your rating it will be appreciated and hope you will take a look at my other reviews sometime.I also leave reviews on the Ciao website about this and other items,many thanks!

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        07.05.2010 04:22

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        I just got a 1994 Ford Escort 1.9 liter and im kind of curious to the reliablilty of the car. Its a five speed manual which is nice for gas milage and reliabilty, and my father has driven escorts for years so he knows his way around the car. it has 138,000 miles. it only had one owner which was my uncles mother so i know how well the car has been taken care of, and that is absoluty babyed. the timing chain was changed at 75,000 miles. they had never realy ran the best oil in the car, pensoil, quacker state. as soon as i bought the car i changed it to mobil one snythetic high millage, 10w-30. any coments to help me out???

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        30.03.2010 16:33

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        get a newer car or a older better made one

        The ford escort was my first ever car. I saved up the money for it and paid in cash in a car park. Just like you do when you are young and silly. The car was owned previously by an old man who had it since new. The miles were low and generally it looked in good shape. It really wasn't....

        I did the young boy thing of modifying it and such like which by the way there is a lot of clubs and products you can buy if that is your seen and some of the cars some of the members have are really really nice.

        My problems were that everything would just break all the time. I was spending all my money all the time on fixing silly little things which was just a constant expense even though for the age of the car it was on very few miles.

        The model I had was the 1.6 petrol and it was very poor. Little acceleration and very little speed at all really. It was comfortable to drive and the suspension cushioned you nicely but it was a little scary around corners and braking was always an issue even with new disks and pads. The cars were cheap new and that was for a reason. This is budget motoring and as such 2nd hand they are nothing but problems. Best avoided today really

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        27.12.2009 20:30

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        FORD ESCORT 1.4 1996

        ford escort 1.4 1996 i have had my escort for 5 years now my husband bought me it for christmas in 2004 and i can honestly say i have never had any serious problems with it, it is a reliable, economical car to run it has passed its mot every year without needing any serious work doing to it all i have ever had to buy is tyres and a new battery, i have just started to improve the look a bit with a rear spoiler, clear back lights and buying pink and black stuff for the interior it is looking rather smart, the only fault i have found with this type of car is rust, especially along the bottom of the doors but if it is treated before it gets too bad then it will be fine, i would really be lost without my escort, it is a lovely car

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        16.09.2009 01:39
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        Reliable Ford car.

        I bought one of these babies two years ago and still have it. I had a Citroen AX before and this was rusting away at the wheel arches and the water leaked! The escort I have is The Mark 2 and I absolutely love it. So far I haven't had any problems with it at all!

        Mine is a 92 plate but the wonderful thing is it's a ford and the chassis never tends to rust neither do the wheel arches, it's in great condition, the engine is tip top and it drives smoothly. It's roomy, comfortable to drive not only that but for a car almost twenty years old it still looks wuite stylish with the smooth spoiler running across the back and the colour coded bumpers

        I would recommend anyone searching for a big/ family car to opt for a ford they are reliable, drive well and the parts are relatively inexpensive compared to other foreign manufacturers.

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          31.01.2009 01:32
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          Very good runabout and decent car to own

          Ah my Ford Escort - my first car as you would expect i loved it!

          I had a mk4 1988 F Reg Ford Escort Popular, here is the lowdown on Ford Escorts:

          Ford Escorts had lots of different incarnations, ranging through seven model types and several facelifts (as well as hundreds of different model 'types' such as Popular, Finesse and Cosworth!).

          The Escort is know to Motorsport lovers because of its Rally pedigree (mainly through the mk1 and mk2 and then later through the RS Cosworth). The Escort was sold to the mass market as the family car for that generation, and it certainly did the job.

          As with most Fords, they are in the most part cheap to buy, cheap to run and cheap to insure. They are also very easy to fix and take apart when necessary. There are models exempt to this including the RS Turbo and RS Cosworth which will cost you a lot to buy, run and a fortune to insure!

          I enjoyed owning an Escort and would thoroughly recommend it. It rarely let me down and the issues it had were always easy and cheap to sort out.

          Later models came with a far better specification than older models as you would expect, with the 'Ghia' model coming in at the top spec with leather, electrics and air con.

          The Escort model was eventually taken over by the Ford Focus.

          Used Escorts are currently very cheap and well worth a look at, especially if you are looking at a runabout for work or similar.

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            23.01.2009 01:11
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            a great car

            We have a 4 door, mark 6 escort, 1.6 zetec engine that has had some serious modefication.

            As a family car the escort has been one of the favorites for many years and has been a good reliable car.

            It has a spacious interior which is well thought out, big sturdy switches, dials and buttons all within the drivers reach easily. It has a good all round view or should i say mine did have untill someone put a great big spoiler on the back blocking my view out of the rear screen completely but it looks nice and that was what i wanted. The seats are comfortable, made of velour which is hard wearing and are still in great condition despite the car being nearly 12 years old and done nearly 100,000 miles.

            As a base model car it was fuel efficient, quiet and reliable but mine has a decat exhause which is rather noisy, an induction kit, fast cams and varios other head modifications taking the standard 100 horse power to well over 200 horse power.

            The body on my car is in great condition despite being 12 years old, there is no rust and is a easy body to modify and personalise, there are various bumpers and skirts available for the car, ours has the rs boot spoiler, vented bonet, the vipor front bumper and side skirts and rear bumper, lexus rear lights.

            As standard this car had 14 inch wheels but we have 18 inch wheels with a 35 profile tyre. (see profile immage)

            The escort is a great family car that just keeps going and going

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              13.01.2009 18:45
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              watch it when the car gets old

              Up until the summer of 2008 we had a ford escort lx 1996 model and was very sad when it had to be scrapped (we think).

              We got this car second hand and it out lived our life expectancy as we used the car a lot. This car was our baby (and cliffords the mechanics!) and we loved the colour which was a racing green.

              Up until 2007 we had only had one major problem with the car. This was the fuse box and it was completely changed (yes it was expensive). Then the problems started happening in 2007.

              First the starter motor started playing up. The advice from AA was to hit it with a big stick when it got stuck. This meant a brush handle was added to our essential tool kit.

              Next thing to go was the battery however this over 12 years old so no complaints there. When it failed it was jumped started by the AA (yes them again) and we had to keep the motor running until the garage with the instructions dont stop! When the battery was took out it was full of water and leaves so this might explain why it needed changing.

              The blower in the car was the next to fail. It turns out the fuse had blown. However it kept doing this so the fuse had to be diverted in the fuse box. This worked for a while before it started failing again so we gave up. However this didnt help demisting the windscreen and on one occasion we had to stick our heads out of the side windows to see if the long queue in the car park had gone down!

              Not long after this we discovered there was a leak in the boot. This left it moldy inside. It turns out the back light needed a new seal on it.

              Then came the final straw. We were on a trip to the seaside on a sunny may day when we started to smell something burning. It was our car so we pulled into the picnic area at north willingham and tried to get a phone signal to phone the aa yet again. When the aa bloke inspected the car he found the front brake kept sticking on. This meant a two hour journey (after a two hour wait) on a large tow truck back home (yes that did cause the curtains to twitch).

              This was when we decided to look for another car. The front brake problem was actually easily fixed. After we found another car we were gobsmacked to get a £400 part exchange (the car at this point was basically knackered). I think the bloke thought he could sell it on but we reckon it was scrapped as only the engine was any good.

              If you are wondering why we kept going with the car it was because it was a dream to drive and had a large boot (handy for our holidays - it would take 3 suitcases plus bags). It handled corners well and you could achieve good starts from traffic light (the look on boy racers faces was priceless). The fuel economony was good to.

              I hope this review doesnt put you off ford escourt's cause they are a great car until they get old. We would actually have another one.

              So overall the things we learnt:

              Definetley join an emergency service it's well worth it.

              If a lot of things keep going wrong the car has probably had it.

              A ride on a tow truck is fun!

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                12.01.2009 19:04
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                Love hate

                Ford escorts, they have been around for years and in my opinion one of the best cars for the money you will pay for them. I personally have the Escort RS turbo model (E Reg) it has a 1.6 cvh turbo engine originally it produced around 160 bhp but mine has uprated parts and is in the region of 190 bhp.
                It has it's good and bad points. The main thing is, where it lacks, other than petrol i.e.: heavy steering and bad road noise, it can be improved by buying uprated parts for example better tyres and better suspension, where as with the advantages, their dream ones which really make having the car worthwhile!
                for a escort rs turbo you can pick one up for £700 but it will be a dog, or the other end of the scale you can pay £4000 plus to get a pristine model.
                The main points to look out for when buying ones are

                -check the clocks match invoices / mots
                -make sure it is set up right
                -check for rust under the arches (body kit is plastic)
                -CHECK SERIAL NUMBERS as there are ringers about its sad to say
                -Make sure the car is started from cold

                as well as the points above you will need to do all of the usual checks when buying a new car, i would advise paying a mechanic to check things over for you.

                once all of the hard work is done you can start enjoying your love hate relationship with your ford .

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                03.01.2009 18:22

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                All show no go.....

                I owned an escort eclipse (1991) for years and so i can comment on how it faired as a car during that time.

                Its pros were its features as it came with all of the end of the line accessories such as e/windows, remote central locking, metallic paint body colour bumpers and a sun roof. It was available in two colours, blue and burgandy (both metallic).

                Its cons were the engine. It was only available in petrol 1300cc and was an overhead cam so it sounded like a sewing machine. Mine leaked oil regularly. I also had problems with water getting into the electric window switches due to a poor design. I had paint peeling on the front wing also. The interior was cloth and there was lots of grey plastic everywhere.

                Overall, it is a smart looking car with plenty to play with but it is literally all show no go.

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