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★★★★★

“Exceptional van!”

Written on: 07/12/2012 by tom757 (1 review written)

My review is on the 1.8D Endura D engine model also the 55 (550KG) model on a 51 plate (2002). I've had my Escort for 6 months now and it's absolutely brilliant. Handles very well for an old chassis and efficiency is a definitely 5 stars. I do 400 miles per week in mine usually motorway driving. It cruises very well at 70MPH with out to much noise and effort!. On the motorways i'de say it is producing 52-55 mpg around town probably i'de say 40-46ish mpg. The gears are very short on this engine… Read Full Review

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“BT, PLUS ONE OWNER.”

Written on: 02/12/2012 by plumber13 (1 review written)

I have had this van 9 years now and its just passed another MOT , 135000 miles , self employed plumber so it gets driven everyday ,I been quite lucky , but changed oil every 3.000 miles etc I was thinking of changing to something more upmarket but the thought of all the problems that come with modern vans put me off ,at least for another year ,Turbos EGR VALVES ETC this van has been worth the money , the simple diesel engine etc , pity they still dont make em !… Read Full Review

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“reliable plodder...but look after it!”

Written on: 27/08/2012

great vans....brilliantly reliable and simple diesel engine. well designed overall. BUT..1) watch for rusty sills...keep drainholes clean..including the area joining front wing base. I flush mine out every week.and loads of crud comes out..and 2) after around 110,000 miles the diesel injection pump can leak......pricey to replace!. 3) keep an eye out for battery shorting...I have heard of some vans/cars just sparking off and resulting in underbonnet fires!. I wax my van every week and clean… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Escort Van 75 petrol/lpg...BEST KEPT SECRET FOR CHEAP...”

Written on: 05/08/2012

I have had my Escort van now for 4 years.Bought it in 2008 with only 19,000 miles on the clock. paid £2.400 for It top price I know but little used by the previous owners ,,must be one of the last registered one being a 52 plate.,,factory fitted lpg system Yes its dated but this van looks fantastic,has cult status now and if you keep on top of the bodywork ..clean and polish it regularly will stand out against any vehicle.Just had mine signaged for my business so even more important now to… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Flat diesel 55 bullet proof”

Written on: 28/05/2012 by mini13 (1 review written)

Hi i have had my escort van now a year and ok its due for a service it has passed every mot from new it has 2 owners from new 65,000 miles its lovely to drive and it has been used as a van to tow to load up to sleep in driving thousands of miles all over the country picking up furniture or engines it has been driven hard and it keeps going i would say to anyone to buy one ok keep on top of the rust and it will live forever mine has never failed to start from -14c to 28c never gets hot 55+mpg… Read Full Review

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“will not pull up hills even without weight in ”

Written on: 12/05/2012 by mdw7773 (1 review written)

ive been told told all of these 1.8 diesel non turbo engines are slow ive had three of these vans now the one i have now has power steering and seems as though it wouldnt pull the skin of a rice pudding but the two ive had before without power steering were a hell of a lot faster is this the reason or has anyone got any advice what would make it any faster ive done all of the servicing plus turned the diesel pump up and is still the same and idont want to change the engine any advice would be… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“still alive escort van”

Written on: 10/02/2012

iv had my van 1.8 d none turbo van for 8months and loveing it. payed 500pound 109,000 on clock mint in and out. no rust and carpeted all inside floor roof and sides. got it after passing my test 3months erlya. amazing, been ramed in the side by a bwm 320i which wrote the bmx off and only damaged driver door. been replaced. been rames in the back by a 2012 307 which was wrote off. butt only bent the rear bumper and both doors. my father in law used it to go fishing and dint putt handbrake on… Read Full Review

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Written on: 24/12/2013

Absolutely fantastic review. Thanks so much for writing this, enjoyed it immensely.

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★★★★★

“Cheapest van to run ever but slow.. very slow”

Written on: 09/11/2011 by surferireland (12 reviews written)

Brilliant little van, cheap to run, easy to work on - noisy and slow. Hard to beat though for price, insulate the back of it and its alot quieter. Ours was black, and looked a little bit wide boy but you dont buy this van for image, or maybe you do… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“having a few problems with my escort 55 d turbo.”

Written on: 16/10/2011

ive had my van for about 6 months now, it is my first van. i love it and just about everything about it. one small problem, (well i hope its a small problem) is that every so often im getting a load high pitched squeaking noise from underneath the van. it sounds a bit like somthing is stuck to the wheel, however, the noise only comes when i accelorate or if im goin a little too fast for the gear that im in. im thinking it could be one of three things, the clutch? the gearbox? or the turbo? is… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“ford escort 55d van”

Written on: 10/06/2011

i bought my escort van around 12 months AGO.IT is black in colour ,WHICH im told is a little RARE.IT gives good mpg and is good enough to drive ANYWHERE.IM running 15" rs turbo alloys on it which just finish it off NICELY.IT went for mot recently and passed without any problem WHATSOEVER.IT is a good little workhorse and im happy to drive it every DAY.THE only downside is its basic inside but im looking to improve it in the near future (RECARO seats and new INTERIOR/DASH,NEW cd player and maybe… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Had my Escort van for two and a half years now. Bought...”

Written on: 18/03/2011

Had my Escort van for two and a half years now. Bought it for £500 and spent £300 for MOT. It sailed through the last MOT. Just changed Rear gearbox mounting and new shoes, spot of welding on the nearside sill and it'll be good for another couple of years. Never lets me down… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A ULTRA RELIABLE VAN WHICH IS...”

Written on: 12/12/2010

IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A ULTRA RELIABLE VAN WHICH IS EXCEKLLENT ON FUEL GET YOUR SELF ONE,,,IF YOU LOVE SPEED THESE VANS WONT BE FOR YOU, I HAVE THE TURBO MODEL WHICH GIVES BIT MORE BHP WOULD DRIVE HER ANYWHARE ,,,TEN OUT OF TEN… Read Full Review

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“Ive had my escort van for 2 years now. Has had a few...”

Written on: 08/11/2010

Ive had my escort van for 2 years now. Has had a few minor problems but been very reliable overall. Im running the XR3I wheels on her, 195/50/R15 She handles lovely for an escort and always on the button. could do with a turbo but its pretty good overall. I would recommend 1 any day… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I am on my second. I use it as my main vehicle, plus...”

Written on: 16/09/2010

I am on my second. I use it as my main vehicle, plus it can carry allsorts of things as well. I looked at lots of different cars and concluded this was the cheapest thing to run. I have one of the last ones, a 52 plate, and replaced my P reg one last year. This one has power steering, which helps.
Of course they are slow, but so what? They have always been reliable through all weather. Should be able to keep this one going for a good few years yet… Read Full Review

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“Just got a scrap one! £50 for a 51 plate escort van,...”

Written on: 07/09/2010

Just got a scrap one! £50 for a 51 plate escort van, cylinder head gasgit gone as well as all the water, gear stick falling out the bottom, otherwise looks good in white (a new white van man!). 109k on the clock. New exhaust, one duff tyre. Deisel 1.8 turbo. Go faster stripes on it when I have done the repairs!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“i too am on my 4th escort,didnt know bout the wheel...”

Written on: 01/08/2010

i too am on my 4th escort,didnt know bout the wheel thing ,will try it.each one ive had ive notched over 150,000 on,theyre the b@@@@@@s if youre poor like me,who needs a vivarro anyway...id take mine to the ends of the earth,love drivin it,why did they stop,focus wouldve made a good van.daft eads,.so easy to drive,fuel economy good and you aint ever gonna get done for speeding… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“best thing since sliced panloaf, great on fuel, parts...”

Written on: 14/02/2010

best thing since sliced panloaf, great on fuel, parts cheap etc… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Im on my 4th escort van.They are a good work horse and...”

Written on: 21/06/2009 by vmaxman (1 review written)

Im on my 4th escort van.They are a good work horse and just keep going Maintenance is cheap and esay.I look after this Ford Escort Van 1.8D far more than the others as they stopped making them in 2002… Read Full Review

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Edwinedkins's Response to vmaxman's Review

Written on: 24/11/2010

I found this review somewhat helpful because...I'm still thiking about what to buy.

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★★★★★

“Ford Escort best small mobile service van ever made mk...”

Written on: 29/05/2009

Ford Escort best small mobile service van ever made mk 5.6 if maintained 100 percent reliable just a shame ford forgot to proper wax protect the sills and the floors. Td model brilliant… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“MOTs are a nightmare. My Ford Escort van 1999 less...”

Written on: 18/12/2008

MOTs are a nightmare. My Ford Escort van 1999 less than 60000 on clock ex-Royal Mail. Last 3 MOTs have cost me over £1500. Heater packed up long ago. New clutch needed at 55000? Stearing problems alone £500. Rust is becoming a concern as is an oil leak as is loss of power stearing fluid!
Dont bother buy a vw caddy instead… Read Full Review

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