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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i Flight 5d (1998/R)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i Flight 5d (1998/R) - Owner Review

It's cheap to maintain, insure and run.

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Review submitted by
Paul Wilson on

Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Nothing. Anyone who judges me in such a way is a fool.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They're envious of how cheap it is to run.

Would you buy this car again and why?
It's a bit old in the tooth now, but the only real drawbacks are the fuel economy is better on newer cars and it lacks deformable crash cells.

What are you likely to buy next?
Possibly, a diesel super-mini with good connectivity.

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
September 2003

Did you get a good deal and why?
The dealer was my Dad.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I knew it was in excellent condition, very reliable and wouldn't be a target on the streets of Hull.

What was the dealer like?
Bit grumpy sometimes, but generally ok. :).

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
It's good fun to drive, enough oomph while also not being too thristy. Slightly too much roll in the corners. Gets me where I want to go.

What's it like to park?
It plays nicely with other cars, and usually stays where I put it. Can't really ask much more.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
It has been very reliable, starts every time, even after a long lay-off.

What's most practical about your car?
It's cheap to maintain, insure and run.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
The sun roof is great on a hot day.

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