I had a silver 1.6 16v 'Flight' Estate. Was a complete POS. Built to a price, and felt like it. Was comparable in crapness with the hateful Chrysler Neon I had a few years earlier.
Only redeeming factor was the gearchange was quite nice, but other than that it was horrid.
Couldn't give the thing away either. Ended up on the back of a wagon on a one way trip to EMR.
I must really like shite cars then because my old man had a P reg Neon back in about 2000 and I fucking loved it!
I'd forgot how much better looking than a focus these were.
Exactly, Focus does absolutely nothing for me, and I think they are totally devoid of character too.
Every bad thing said about these things is an understatement. They go well beyond the bounds of shite into pure shitness, and you'd be far better off with any of the opposition available at the time. How about a 306, or an Astra F?
Also, why is it that every time Ford changes the shape of the headlights or a bit of centre console trim, people treat it as if they've launched a new car? These Escorts are surely MkIV at best?
I had a mk3 Astra as my first car, it was a decent enough car but I always wished it was an Escort. I grew up late 80s/early 90s when it seemed everyone owned a Ford, usually an Escort, and I think theyre imprinted on my brain now.
Theres are 2 things putting me off really, 1. the prices of the lower mileage better condition ones, some on ebay are near 2 grand!! I mean fucking hell something newer, tidier and better specced can be had for less, like say a mk2 Focus, I just dont get this the older a Ford gets the more its suddenly worth, and secondly my old man had a '91 H plate Orion (mk5 Escort shape) from '94 to 2000, and it was a heap of junk despite only being 3 years old, im told the mk6 Escort is a huge improvement over the mk5s, but that lingering doubt they are basically the same car with the same issues is getting me.
Either way if its not a mid/late 90s Escort, itll be a mi/late 90s Ford of some description, I wanted one when I was 7/8/9 years old and now ive got that want for one again, maybe getting all misty eyed remembering them brand new shiny in showrooms or something.
Previous Car History:
97 R Vauxhall Astra 1.6 LS
02 51 Peugeot 206 1.4 LX
04 04 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique
98 S Hyundai Accent 1.3 Si Coupe
05 55 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SXi
02 52 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Comfort
97 P Volkswagen Golf 1.4 SE
05 05 Vauxhall Astra 1.8 Design
09 59 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique
15 15 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi
09 09 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 CR TDi Sport 140bhp (Current)