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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.8TD LX (70ps) 5d (1997/R)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.8TD LX (70ps) 5d (1997/R) - Owner Review

Handles well, power steering well-weighted
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Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)

Value

2 out of 5

Very expensive nearly new - and loses money quickly.

Costs

4 out of 5

Parts cheap - but you will need them! Fuel economy very poor for a diesel - 35 to 40 mpg on average. Never more than 42 mpg.

Driving

4 out of 5

Handles well, power steering well-weighted

Performance

1 out of 5

Terrible. Nowhere near as good as the TDi. Accelerate hard and it sounds like the engine is going to explode!

Reliability

1 out of 5

Terrible. Goes through front lower wishbones, twice a year. Eats front tyres. On it's third gearbox.

Image

3 out of 5

Buy the late '96 onwards LX with colour coded mirrors and front fog lights, add a rear spoiler, fit alloys and it looks like a sports model. Still an Escort, though.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Okay for a medium car. Get the LX version - electric height adjust on the driver's seat.

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Security

4 out of 5

Pretty good - comes with a Thatcham Cat 2 Immobiliser (Safeguard system).

Service

3 out of 5

Avoid the ""A1"" Extended Warranty - it covers hardly anything. The anti-corrosion warranty is a waste of time too.

Problems

Bodywork
Slight rusting on arches.

Engine
-

Gearbox
Three, so far.

Other
Goes through front suspension bushes and balljoints.

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