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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i Chicane 5d (1997/R)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i Chicane 5d (1997/R) - Owner Review

It is comfortable and has ample room inside the cabin and the controls are easy to use

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Review submitted by
Rachel Johnson on

Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)


3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
It says I'm stylish and a girl racer (only when kids not in car)

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
A potential buyer of my previous car asked if this was for sale and of course my mum because she had it from new

Would you buy this car again and why?
No unfortunately not because: Starting to show age in that things starting to go wrong Not that economical on fuel (I'd say around 35mpg) Tax too high at £180 and the prospect of it going up £5 over the next three years making it £195 puts me off keeping this car much longer

What are you likely to buy next?
A Renault Megane 1.5DCI due to its amazing fuel economy, amazing tax at £35 and big bum, I love this car!

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?
October 2004

Did you get a good deal and why?

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
It was my mum's from new and had been very well looked after and driven responsibly and I liked the look of it.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Overall very good, goes well both in town and rural areas, cruises nicely along the motorway, needs a gear change down uphill as can struggle.

What's it like to park?
A breeze as it can get into spaces that even corsas can't get into (my experience watching someone with a corsa trying to park and not succeeding)

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Only in the last year or so with the main problem in my mind being the handbrake needing adjusting (needed this when my mum had it), rust spots in the wheel arches and corrosion starting at the suspension

What's most practical about your car?
It is comfortable and has ample room inside the cabin and the controls are easy to use

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Alloy wheels

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