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Long term review:Ford escort 1.8D

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very nice review I too had an Escort 1.8d here  are some of my experiences with it regarding the fan relay my suggestion is have it removed and replaced by modifying the wiring with 2 bosch relays 40A for the fast speed and 30A for the slow speed the trouble is that the contacts go bad on both the original relay and socket and after that gives endless trouble. Also you seemed to be taking chances with you timing belts Fords recommendation is 60,000 kms mine is 50,000 considering our harsh environment also suggest you get an orginal set ( there are 2 belts for timing) if posssible from a ford dealer as ther are so many fakes around that it is not worth the risk for the damage that it can cause to your engine. Also have water jackets checked if you are facing coolant consumption there are some at the rear of the engine which tend to corrode and are very difficult to spot. Apart from that also the wiring insulation on certain wires tends to crumble and cause problems.  

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At first i thought why to read reivew of a old Ford escort 1.8 D but have to say Very good review indeed and a really long term review smiley4.gif. It shows if you drive carefully and and have service on  regular basis your car will last long really long...

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You surely love your old Ford Escort! There were many a time when I considered buying the Petrol Escort, the 85 bhp version not the old 58 bhp OHV one. But it was way above my budget at that time. Kudos on the memoirs and just goes to show how much you love your old workhorse, to give it a Sony MP3 and JBL!!! speakerssmiley32.gifsmiley20.gif

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great review sir!

when u have used a car for so long u get so connected with the car that can tel in advance what problem is about to crop up. u also get quite comfortable with it despite it getting out of order more than often. we had a '97 Opel Astra 1.6 whish we used for almost 10 yrs.it was sold to a foreign student for 1.25lac last June. even now when i see the car on the street or at asignal i watch if its well kept, has he scratched anywhere, who is in it.

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great review sir!

when u have used a car for so long u get so connected with the car that can tel in advance what problem is about to crop up. u also get quite comfortable with it despite it getting out of order more than often. we had a '97 Opel Astra 1.6 whish we used for almost 10 yrs.it was sold to a foreign student for 1.25lac last June. even now when i see the car on the street or at asignal i watch if its well kept' date=' has he scratched anywhere, who is in it.
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The ideal Rs.1 lakh car for sure and way better than any Nano; lol. By the way that's surely a great price for your 10 year old Astra; the brand is 'no more' in India and you must have maintained it real well for it to fetch such a high price.
Durango Dude2008-01-21 17:41:49

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I too had an Astra, 2000 model, but it turned out to be too heavy on maintainance, so had to get rid of it & lost a lot on poor resale.

One of our very close friends had a Ford Escort diesel & it was maintained in pristine condition, I asked them that whenever they wanted to sell it off, contact me, as Im interested. But they liked it so much that did not part with it for 8 years. Then one day a call came to me, asking wether I was interested, but by then times had changed & I refused, it fetched them peanuts in market later.

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