TEST RETRO TEST Ford Escort XR3i convertible (1988): more …

TEST RETRO TEST Ford Escort XR3i convertible (1988): more …


Our readers certainly have nuggets in their garage! This is the story of Luc, a collection of different flavors who has a gift for discovering old cars which is always interesting and not trivial. It is his most recent discovery that he gave us to try: it is a revolution Ford Escort XR3i from 1988 from Germany, which specializes in having two voices, the opportunity for a special series launched in this market at that time.

Intrigued by the beauty of this vehicle, which is becoming increasingly rare on our roads, Luc was surprised to see it for the first time: “It is hard to believe that his condition is new. I checked it from every angle to find the errors but I had a hard time finding any. Shows 107,000 miles from the new, this printing it has been carefully guarded. It is a safe bet that was not used every day and was used regularly. »

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Drink and eat

It is true that it is as good as the first day outside and inside! This dual blue and gray color suits her beautifully, just like her navy blue hat. A small description of the “eighties”, until it runs aside and gives more coffers to the whole.

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Built by a coach builder Karman who also took care of it Volkswagen Golf Convertiblemeadjustable escort it lacks the charm with its black bar which was also a representative of his time.

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The advantage of this car is that it is spacious enough to accommodate 4 adults and that its trunk is large, which is ideal for going on vacation! On the other hand, even if Adjustable XR3i was the most delightful version ofprinting, do not expect to find an elegant cabin. We remain well within the standards Ford in the 80’s with a neat little dashboard made of hard plastic (very fortunately stored in Luc’s car!), velor seats with “crowded”, guide windows and soft top and audio cassette player with a small logo Ford.

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The calculation is done quickly, all you have to do is open the roof to enjoy this beautiful evening sun! After the release of the two locks placed on each side, it is necessary to leave car canvas reduction, non-invasive operation. Although slightly stiff, the cabin is full of light and the atmosphere becomes lighter. For a trip for two, theprinting has a swirl-blocking net that is very pleasing for long trips.

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Underneath its sporty appearance, thanks to aesthetic elements such as stem detergent or fine aluminum rims. However, there is no dynamic mechanism that organizes this XR3i printing. It is a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder that maintains 90 hp in this version aggravated which also hasABS. This indestructible engine that can withstand 300,000 miles without shaking is associated with 5-speed manual transmission.

Without a power steering wheel, it requires little effort when it stops to turn the steering wheel. For others the controls are smooth and you will not be out of place if you are already logged in Ford from the 80s. Very simple, this procedure does not require climbing towers to gain quintessence. With only 90 hp, acceleration is far from lifting hair but 1.6 Ford does its job to some extent as Luc proves that it does not require more than 8l / 100 km on the trip. And it really is in this kind of practice thatXR3i Convertible Escort it succeeds.

There is no reason to give up on yourself

Easy to enjoy outdoor life with family, theadjustable escort has many advantages, starting with its low price as it is possible to get a good copy under € 10,000. The other good news is that these places are very easily found on the internet, especially in Germany and the UK. Finally, the potential for improvement and / or preparation is high, especially since the craftsmanship is simple and consistent.

You just need to get the stainless steel copy that is usually found on cars of this era, which are on the front and rear axles, the lower part and near the water escape routes that tend to be easily plugged. To be sure, read on this article on alert points when buying an old car.