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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i LX 5d (1994/L)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i LX 5d (1994/L) - Owner Review

Handy enough around town , can lug big 36" TV's and their stands.. almost a wardrobe.. Motorway cruiser - good versatility.

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Review submitted by
Keith Jenkins on

Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)


3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Value conscious ?

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Friends and family are happy that it does what it does. Bit cramped with 5 adults, 4 is ok. Jostly ride can cause passenger queasiness partic if i'm in a hurry.. Neighbours ? they get a lift too sometimes - not worried.

Would you buy this car again and why?
If the right one at the right price

What are you likely to buy next?
a van

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
June 2004

Did you get a good deal and why?
Well looked after 75,000m with FSH. possibly because of a weird electrical problem - see below.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Versatility of a 5 seat,5 door hatchback - Cheap ford parts.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Smooth power delivery - docile , no peaky power band. On normal 185/60 tyres is a roundabout scratcher with a bouncy jarring ride. Ride quality was improved by higher aspect tyres at detriment of cornering.

What's it like to park?
Wing mirrors don't give a very good view of curbs and difficult to judge where bonnet ends. Spoiler helps with rear view. With PAS can park in a gap about 3 feet smaller than i'd otherwise attempt in ANY car.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
From first drive, noticed interaction twixt rear screen heater, foglamps. Then rear wipe packed-up. Cured by oiling the rear hatch hinges ! Clutch slip which got worse over 8,000miles, £150 for new one - didn't bother.. Nursed it ! Engine temp gauge stopped working but system was in good condition and never used water - Turn heater on to check !

What's most practical about your car?
Handy enough around town , can lug big 36" TV's and their stands.. almost a wardrobe.. Motorway cruiser - good versatility.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Power steering

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