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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.4i Encore 5d (1996/N)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.4i Encore 5d (1996/N) - Owner Review

Good handling, refined drive... takes corners without breaking a sweat.
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Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)

Value

2 out of 5

Ok value... bought mine for £1,600.

Costs

2 out of 5

Running costs are ok for a car with a small engine and big body, but electrical faults are a problem, costing quite a lot and for labour also.

Driving

4 out of 5

Good handling, refined drive... takes corners without breaking a sweat.

Performance

2 out of 5

Performance at its worst... my 1.4 is decent enough for a small sized engine 1392cc with a big sized body, has been marginally changed with a upgrade on Splitfire spark plugs and coil leads... has made a difference! But not as great as it ought to be.

Reliability

2 out of 5

Decent reliability.

Image

4 out of 5

Good, cheap and cheerful up to date looks, up to date technology, stylish and decent.

Comfort

4 out of 5

For whats it's worth and the class it's in,pretty impressive, good driving positioning with inclining and declining base seat.

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Security

3 out of 5

Standard security. Haven't had a break in yet.

Service

2 out of 5

Too much for the type of car it is.

Problems

Bodywork
-

Engine
Leaking oil at 87,000 miles, worn hydraulic tappets, loud noise, so i changed the oil to a thicker brand, has improved and oil leaks slowed down.

Gearbox
Leaking manual transmission fluid.

Other
Leaks from the Power- steering box, electrical failure of tail-lights, had to replace the whole switch around the steering column, drivers side window doesn't open any more...

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No