I bought this car new in the fall of 1994 for a little over $11,000. Used to commute with it-----60 miles one way for its first 6 years. It was actually quite comfortable and handled nicely if you consider the price I paid. It now has 229,000 miles on it, and it still doesn't use oil between 5000 mile changes (Mobil 1 always). Got 30 mpg on the highway commute. Never had to do any work on the engine or transmission (5 speed manual). Replaced the brakes and shocks once. Still original clutch. It's been a great $11,000 car!!!
has 88,000 miles--mechanic has told me
to get rid of it--BUYER BEWARE--ive had
this car since 9/99--dont drive 2.3
engine with auto transmission very fast-
-i put a quart of oil in it every 1200
miles...watch for head gasket--watch
radiator--it leaks...ive replaced motor
and trans mounts--front end gets
knocked out of whack easy--check front
end alignment twice a yr...good a/c and
stereo..replaced head gasket...u got to
baby this vehicle--"check engine" light
is on often--doesnt necessary mean
there is a problem--could be soft-code
problem--i was told to replace gas cap--
that might help--could be a sensor prob-
poor design--late 70's design vehicle--
surprised it lasted from 1984 to 1994--
could the new ford focus be any
Love this car! Roadster Edition - Fun
to drive & haul kids around. Still
Had trouble with fuel pump - replaced
4 times in 5 years - fixed at Ford
until last time - WE found loose wire
in sending unit - Ford no longer makes
that part according to local Ford
dealership. Was very disappointed car
is only 10 years old & Ford can't work
It looks great after 10 years - slight
chipping in clear coat -- drives
perfect - other than fuel pump issue,
no mechanical problems yet.
Very easy to drive on higways & long
trips. Very roomy for kids.
Be able to fix the cars you build for
longer than 10 years. Hubby & I both
over 6' tall, could use a little extra
This car may be an eyesore, but it hasn't let
me down yet. I initially bought it for my 5mi
commute to work and figured that anything
would suffice. Since then I have developed
enough confidence in her to drive from NYC to
Montreal and back ("check engine light"
blinking most of the way). Aside from a
couple hundred dollars of basic repairs in the
past 3 years I have poured nothing into this
car and it has consistently performed better
than I could have dreamed. Not much pick up
and difficulty exceeding 75MPH, but for what I
paid a true gem (be it topaz or carbuncle).
Radio has great sound and excellent
Cruise control is useless on hilly terrain.
Gas and trunk buttons in glove compartment
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