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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i LX 5d (1993/L)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i LX 5d (1993/L) - Owner Review

Quite nice to drive. Handled quite well over all - better than many similar cars I've driven.
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Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)

Value

3 out of 5

Average compared to comparable cars.

Costs

3 out of 5

Cost low until about 80K, when it started to get expensive - Gearbox (better gearbox in 1.8 and 94/95 onwards), Oxygen sensor, Mass air flow sensor. Tracking often slipped and wore tyres unevenly.

Driving

4 out of 5

Quite nice to drive. Handled quite well over all - better than many similar cars I've driven.

Performance

3 out of 5

Average small family hatch. Same power as most of the others, however not as much as you'd expect from a 16v. (Competition of the time is mostly 8v).

Reliability

2 out of 5

It was reliable until about 70K. Expensive blip until ~100K. 75K: New gearbox. 85K: New HEGO sensor. 95K: New MAF sensor.

Image

4 out of 5

I like it. Looks a little dated now comparted to modern cars. I suppose the only problem is that everybody's got one.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Comfortable, nice firm seats with quite good adjustment. No adjustable lumbar support, but never needed it either.

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Security

4 out of 5

Deadlocks (i.e. can't be unlocked from the inside), alarm, immobiliser.

Service

3 out of 5

Fairly average.

Problems

Bodywork
Rust bubble on the rear door lip. Patch of laquer on roof damaged by bird droppings (metallic paint).

Engine
No problems with engine itself, but problems with engine management sensors at 90-100K miles.

Gearbox
Required replacement at 75000 miles.

Other
Rear wiper/heater/foglight connector block contacts need cleaning regularly.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes