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Ford Escort Hatchback XR3i 1.8 (130ps) 3d (1992/K)

Ford Escort Hatchback XR3i 1.8 (130ps) 3d (1992/K) - Owner Review

Fantastic fun to drive. Some might not like the lively high speed handling or easy oversteer. I think it just adds character and lots of fun.
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Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)

Value

4 out of 5

Excellent performance and quality for the money.

Costs

5 out of 5

Not bad. Service is so simple it costs very little to run, not bad on fuel either.

Driving

5 out of 5

Fantastic fun to drive. Some might not like the lively high speed handling or easy oversteer. I think it just adds character and lots of fun.

Performance

4 out of 5

For a 1.8, the performance is excellent. Will easily leave most 2-litre cars dead and will out-drag a 3-litre Jaguar S-Type up to 80mph. Will hit an indicated 130mph given a long straight and a bit of bottle.

Reliability

1 out of 5

Never a problem in 45,000 miles - can't be bad.

Image

3 out of 5

Looks like an RS2000. Apart from that, nothing too special.

Comfort

5 out of 5

Armchair on wheels.

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Security

5 out of 5

Fit a good alarm. Theives love this car.

Service

1 out of 5

Never had to use Ford dealers.

Problems

Bodywork
Rust around the fuel filler and rear wheel arches. Only genuine Ford panels available. Used plastics rare and expensive.

Engine
None at all. Always change the cam belt every 45,000 miles and the oil every 10,000 with a quality semi-synthetic - never use fully synthetic.

Gearbox
Bit heavy and notchy when cold.

Other
Insurance too high for what it is. Buy a radar detector, this car will bring out the worst in you. Enjoy it!

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No