1982 Ford Escort User Reviews

1982 Ford Escort Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 9 reviews

  • Performance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Overall: 3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5

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krenlok68 writes:
1982 Ford Escort 2 Dr L Hatchback Review
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Small, nimble, light, good on gas, cheap to buy.

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Horrible manual steering and manual brakes, poor reliability (alternator, distributor, etc), uncomfortable seats, noisy, rough ride, etc.

krenlok68
25

1982 Escort - My First Car — Horribly cheap little car that was poorly assembled and had terrible reliability considering it was only 4 years old when I got it. Despite the times it left me stranded, it was my first car and thus my first taste of freedom. That made it cool. But that didn't change the fact that it was a cruddy little car. It was also excruciatingly slow.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Noel writes:
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Piece Of Junk — My first car in high school with about 70000 mikes on it. Starter went after 1 month. Transmission went 2 months after that. Problems with cv joints, steering rack too. too. Piece of junk.The service dept had the car more than I did.

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Archie writes:
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the sound of Weber carbs

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Expensive parts

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Good — I miss my old ford escort RS. the sound of Weber carbs Performance - can put other 16v to shame cost of ownership- very expensive but reliable parts appearance - old skchool coupe with wide body build quality - since its old, some squeaks in seats and doors.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
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was probably decent on gas

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almost everything else

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Terrible — My first car. It was used and I got it in high school. What a piece of crap. I had to learn to wear seatbelts at an early age, since if you didn't in this car you'd go flying through the windshield every time you stopped since the tranny would seem to drop into low instantaneously as you slowed down. No power, handled like crap, but hey I was 17 and I guess I had to learn on something.

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Stuart writes:
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80 Retro looks, Cheap, parts everywhere

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Rot & rot

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Ford Escort Xr3 — One of the original hot hatches. Proper retro looks & feel. Puts a smile on your everytime you drive. Cheap to run & buy & parts are everywhere. Enthusiasts all over the place who always help out. Only downside is the dreaded rot & not as well built as a MK1 Golf..... but no where near as expensive!

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Patrick writes:
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Lovely, non-rounded and linear design.

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Almost impossible to set the front lights correctly.

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An Escort From The 80s. — The Ford Escort I own is of the 80s look ("MKIII"), metallic silver, a 1.6 GL model. It's not very comfortable compared to new cars, but it takes us from A to B without hassles. It's fun to drive in the sense that you don't have any driver's assistance; no ABS or stuff like that, so you really feel what's happening on the road. I plan to sell it, since it's fully operational and I have another car waiting for me... :) I'd say the build quality is rather good - this particular car isn't very rusty at all. I've seen worse cars that's 10 or 15 years newer.

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Johnny writes:
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Handling, drifted beautifully as escorts tend to.

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Lack of power (only 1.3 as the insurance was cheaper)

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Burned More Oil Than Petrol, But Had Been Round The Clock (twice). — White with white wheel trims. Very 80's. Had been a taxi if the drill holes in the dashboard were anything to go by.

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Anna writes:
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was a stick w/ a 4 barrell

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ugly

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Dependable — had a 4 barrell and I could drive it absolutely anywhere in anything.. when big 4-wheel drive trucks got stuck in the mud, this car killed 'em. never ever got stuck in snow... it was dependable to get me back and forth from Evansville to Indy, just boring

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GeorgeHeywood writes:
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Has never let us down.

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None really

GeorgeHeywood
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An Excellent Little Car. — The car is a 1982 Ford Station Wagon with just over 33,000 miles. It was bought new for $8,000. Other than normal maintenance on brakes, etc we have only need to put in gas and oil. Like other comments would raher have the horn in the center also wold have preferred the wiper control and turn signal control be on opposing sides. The only thing that has happened really is that the back steel chrome bumper has rusted at both bottom corners. Efforts to get a replacement have been fruitless. Might have to see if the corner portions could be cut out and rebuilt and chromed.

Owner for 24 years, 7 months

Miles Driven per Year:1,100

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2001 Ford Escort Reviews

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2000 Ford Escort Reviews

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1999 Ford Escort Reviews

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