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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6 Flight 5d (1999/V)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6 Flight 5d (1999/V) - Owner Review

Reasonable performance, it's not a hot hatch but that's not the job you buy it for anyway. Can sometimes understeer at speed.
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Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)

Value

3 out of 5

Bought it at 17k miles for 5k, thought it was depreciation-proof. Now it's got 54k and worth buttons.

Costs

4 out of 5

Fuel efficiency is ok, doesn't eat tyres either though you have to watch for power-steering-related bald patched on the outside.

Driving

3 out of 5

Reasonable performance, it's not a hot hatch but that's not the job you buy it for anyway. Can sometimes understeer at speed.

Performance

3 out of 5

See above - not outstanding, but it's not supposed to be.

Reliability

4 out of 5

Changed the cat at around 40k, no problems apart from that. None of the Escort's famous electrical problems (yet).

Image

1 out of 5

Outdated, out of fashion. People don't so much laugh at it, just don't notice it.

Comfort

3 out of 5

Driver's seat could use lumbar support on long journeys. Can be difficult for very tall drivers.

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Insurance group: 15

Security

3 out of 5

No alarm as standard. Nobody's nicked it yet, I don't know if anyone's tried or not. They'd probably prefer the Focus next door anyway...

Service

1 out of 5

Have only ever used Ford main dealers in an emergency, have always found them overpriced and unhelpful.

Problems

Bodywork
Very prone to stone chips on the bonnet, and the fibreglass front bumper damages easily and is difficult to repair.

Engine
None as yet, though you have to keep an eye on the oil levels.

Gearbox
No problems.

Other
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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