- Oct 22, 2008
Just found this on ebay and I think it's stunning 1.6 XR3i, just needs a tuned rs2000 engine. Must be the Essex boy in me. 1300 quid (asked if he will swap for my Cougar)
Whats so bad about them? assuming the engine is ok (will make sure) and the body work is rust free
I would get it and do an rs2000 conversion for the power 400 quid
chris please take some more frendly advise , having worked for ford you will be dissapointed mate , most the escorts suffer from major Tin worm the metal used in them is a shocking quality , im not talking surface rust im on about bulkheads , fire walls and battery trays for starters , most of which will have been bodged with body filler and expada foam , ive never seen a cab that the roof dosent leak badly and the floor pans are normaly as crispy as toast .Also putting a RS2000 lump is a good upgrade but you will need bigger brakes and a uprated gearbox , unless the 2000 engine is complete with gearbox . Gearbox's also suffer from diff bearings and abs pick up wheels are common as muck , antiroll bars bushes and lower arms are made of chocolate and as for electrics well there basic enough to re wire but dont expect to much from them . If it was a 1 owner from new and garaged every night and had less than 25k on the clock well it might be worth a look .
But mate its your choice but you will be dissapointed with the escort . Make sure you spend some serious time looking over the car because your cougar is 3 times the car
I think this is excellent advise from a man 'in the know' and years of experience in the trade. Very useful stuff he has pointed out here. Lottysvdub - you are a great asset to this club so I'm giving you a thanks. :wink5: