I am surprised by the car; It is coming up to 8 years old now and has covered 77000 miles yet has absolutely no rust on it whatsoever. I did pay over the odds for it (last year), as I had decided I wanted this particular model and the history with this car is phenomenal. The interior trim has stood up well to the test of time, and although the car looks dated now, it drives very well. The handling is good, if the ride is a little choppy at low speeds around town. The engine is a mixed bag, feeling quite dosile below 2000rpm then behaving like turbo above this point right up to the red line. Indeed, when compared to modern alternatives the light weight of the Escort shows that it can still hold it's own in the 0-60 dash. Relilability is always going to be an issue on a car of this age, but so far it has never skipped a beat; except for developing a cat rattle and the front lower arms packing in, but parts are CHEAP!!! Overall, it's a good car. Fuel eceonomy is absolutley shocking though!! I average 22mpg around town, and around low 30's on a steady run; dissapointing as cars with much better performance are more economical! But overall a well spec'd car combined with warm performace and a fun drive.
with 104,000 on the clock now (55,000 when we bought it) and it still goes well without burning a drop of oil,changed a few things due to the famous 2000 rpm misfire/ glitch just watch out for rust on wheel arches, sills.Early si's had better spec as standard,later models did not as to make the gti look better, i've upgraded the spec a little on mine.easy car to live with,great fun to drive still looks great even at 9 years old.unlike ford's current model range.If you can buy nothing smaller than a 1.6, the 1.8 is just right, a nice ride without revving the guts of it.
I have owned my 1998 Ford Escort SI for over a year now and have found it to be an excellent family car!. Having covered nearly 80000 miles the 16v zetec lump shows no signs of giving up and am confident it will give many more miles yet!. The interior of the Escort is practical, with all the controls at hand. Rear luggage space is excellent. These cars were designed by Ford for the humble family man and are therefore cheap to run and easy to maintain and make an excellent small family car!.
I bought this car one and a half years ago (it's a February 1998 model) for £2700. It had two owners, a full service history, 43,000 miles and it cost £14,600 brand new. £2700 for a seven-year-old car from a dealer proved to be a great investment.
The car has proved to be reliable, is well equipped, returns 40mpg, is practical, comfortable and superb on the motorways.
I'd recommend the Ghia versions for the extras, and this car ticks all the boxes. The Zetec engines are little gems - free revving, economical and with plenty of power throughout the rev range.
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