I’ve had this car nearly five years now and as a lump of car it served me very well and is far superior to having to take the bus. It's a great car to drive for the 1st timer and to own as all you need is a tool kit, some time and a Haynes manual and off you go. The drive is harsh every bump sounds and feels like the car is going to split in two. The fuel economy after ten years has greatly diminished I now do about 20mpg, I have replaced the brakes three times, the clutch needs seeing to every 30k miles and it's noisy on motorways and a-roads.
Now I wouldn't go so far as to say this is the best car to drive but when you are behind the wheel you will feel the urge to "rag it", fight it' the car has not got the power or the handling to do this and the Euro Ncap rating is scary. I've had fun in this car but at the power delivery feels like a lame dog, the car is quite moderate nothing spectacular but what do you expect.
I would only advise someone who wanted to get this car as a first car or some one who just needed something to travel around there immediate locale. I’ve just traded mine in for a Mazda6 2.3 MPS, but will miss it.
Awful, simply awful!!
I bought this car after a recommendation from a collegue and it was the biggest mistake i ever made.
I bought a T reg 1.6 Finesse for £1800 back in 2006. It came with a FSH which i was very pleased with. Turns out it wasn't so good after all.
After purchasing the car in May it needed an MOT in December. It needed £320 doing just to pass the MOT. Then in Feb the Cylinder head gasket went. Replaced again at my expense the sum of £390.
The final straw came when i had it serviced and MOT'd in December last year. Another £400 done with recommended a further £700 needed doing on it. Rust was appearing everywhere and all in the same spots.
That is when i cut my losses and bought a new car, trading it in at a main dealer who would auction it off.
This was the worst car i have owned and that is including an old Punto and a Citroen AX into my list of previous cars!!
Do not be tempted by it's look, this is a bad, bad car (hence 1 out of 5 stars). I just wish i had read this before i wasted my time and money.
I have had 2 escorts a 1995 java blue Si, and a 1999 petrol blue Mexico (more exensive on insurance than the majority of escorts out there) - my current one.
So far they have been comfortable cars to drive, the wishbones have a tendancy to buckle easily and affects the steering adversly, this is where the ease and cheapness of parts come in handy (although i would prefer quality and a longer lasting part than cheapness).
Both my cars have had plenty of gremlins emerge a few months after buying which is always bound to happen with second hand cars.Once the problems are solved, it is a nice car to drive. it handles corners nicely, some of them can give it the beans (accelerate nicely) if the engines been treated well.
Adaptability of the car is better than any other car i have owned. I have changed the seats to the GTi sport cloth seats, took minutes to install, sound systems are easy to adapt and change there are still lots of aftermarket supplies for these beauties.
All in All i love the car as a whole, the major let-down is the reliability and the ease in which the engine develops faults (DOHC Zetec) and the parts degrade quickly.
i have a 1998 1.8td finesse estate,i purchused this in october 2007 it was a replacement for my astra estate, i eneded up paying £2000 from a shworoom in maidstone but it has full service history and they got rid of any signs of rust around the wheel arches, it had 63000 miles on the clock and runs very well especialy compared too a 96 astra ! apart from being a sod too start on a cold morning its a loverly motor, the cabin is basic but its ok comfatable seats and cracking heaters that blow the hot air out within a minuet or so of running the engine, the rear seats fold flat giving a massive amount of room in the back ideal if your like me and carry alot off stuff about. on motorways it cruises very nicely even when fully loaded and not really noisy at all. over all its a very practical car not too bad on the fuel especialy on the motorways.The turbo makes a massive difference and boosts the acceleration dramaticly, as long as you keep these cars well maintained they should run for years
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