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FORD ESCORT Hatchback 1980‑1990
6 owner reviews for FORD ESCORT Hatchback 1980‑1990
Amazing Classic Escort Rs Turbo 1.6 230 Bph
FORD ESCORT RS1600 Turbo 3dr (Review date: 2nd March '11)
If you want performance, looks, something tuneable, a real classic...........Rs turbos are a must! I
The cars are really great in almost every sense, its more of an addiction to drive than your usual run of the mill shed. Looked after and worked on to get and keep in top condition you will probably make any money back you spent if you sell it on. When buying make sure its not a rust bucket or has major welding done (check under the mats, battery tray, in the boot, have a prod underneath). In fact just take someone who knows thar stuff with you and get it hpi checked. Most of all though, if you go for one, enjoy it!
This car is amazingly powerful at 230 bhp and runs like a dream !
There is no end to the performance tuning you can do on these !
Enjoy the ride one of a kind !
Ford Escort RS Turbo - Awesome!
FORD ESCORT RS1600 Turbo 3dr (Review date: 13th January '11)
This is a sports car and not a new one! It's got its faults but mine... well she's an old girl but, wow, just wow! There is a sense of occasion every time I turn the key.
You will struggle to find one that hasn't been "got at"; instead find one that has been "got at" sensibly. A lot of power can be obtained from the 1.6 engine, too much even. With all modifying to increase power, there are ramifications elsewhere; brakes for instance. Beyond 170bhp (and lets be fair you will use it) better brakes are necessary. Higher power still? Gearbox reliability: Over 200bhp and you find a standard gearbox will not last; particularly 2nd gear which receives the most abuse.
Before you buy, research thoroughly; find out how this vehicle is tuned. For a solid performance you will expect an uprated camshaft and turbo. The standard turbo is only good for 10.5psi before long term use will cause damage that will show itself as blue oily smoke from the exhaust on cold start-up. A stronger actuator to hold the higher boost in, a large exhaust and induction kit and this coupled with a good quality intercooler and boost hoses; a reliable 18psi and 195bhp is not beyond the realms of possibility.
A decent sized boot is more than adequate for a folding child buggy and folding seats give even more room.
An RS pushing more than the 132bhp that Ford originally intended may have some hurdles to overcome. Remedies I had to implement were a manual switch inside the car to cool the radiator and a hi-torque starter motor. The standard one would temporarily seize from the heat of the exhaust / turbo. More power = more heat! Engine wise, it never skips a beat.
I may have been unkind here, I use super unleaded and may be a little heavy footed too! On the other hand, if you are doing a motorway run driving conservatively it is incredibly frugal whatever state of tune, it is after all it is only a 1.6. An oil change twice a year is all the other maintenance required and parts are cheap. With modifications declared, insurance is still quite reasonable although you will require a Cat 1 alarm.
How it drives?
Like a dream, I wouldn't have bothered to write this long review if I didn't love my car!