Written on: 14/08/2011
Well, I had an early (faster) one with the mechanical injection (not EFi) Had a piper stage 1 cam kit, ran with no air filter and a banana branch exhaust. Even with these mods, it was EXACTLY the same as my mates 1.9 PUG GTI (we used to both boot it and be staring sideways out of the windows at each other!) I reckon we both were hitting 60 in about 8.5 secs. 6.5 is a ridiculous comment. Mind you, his blew up first! (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2010
I loved this car, it felt like you are king of the road.
goog handling fast, but mine was red and would wind people up at sight, it was fun to drive but attracted lots of agrstion. I got stoped by the cops one night and they took a second look, as I was in my 40s. The biggest problem is it will not withstand, impacked so please drive it safely. Gob bless and have a happy life. Mal (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2009
These cars are great, have had 2 hard tops and 2 soft tops, they are really good to drive, and even the lack of power steering and abs doesnt put me off, its fun to just go out for a blast in the sun in a timeless classic.
They will always look cool anywehre you go. They are really easy to get hold of too, my previous and current xr3i's have never cost me more than £300, which for what they deliver is FANTASTIC!!
would strongly recommend to anyone who wants cheap thrills, you can get so many... (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2008
Ive owned my mk4 cabriolet for just over a year now and i would say its the best car ever !i only paid 175 quid ive always wanted one and would certainly recommend one to anyone its very hard to find one in good condition and that hasnt done many miles and ent been thrashed but if you could get your hands on one defo go for it (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2008
If your into your modern cars then you won't like them as they have no power steering, rare with abs, but in my eyes now power steering is better, mine has the rs turbo engine in it which transforms this car, there ' s lag till about 2750 rpm then it just goes, you can hear the turbo come in and then a very loud dump valve, mines not been chipped and running about 10psi and it still fly's, if you want one and don't care about power get the standard 3i but if you like a bit of kick get one... (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2008 by duncan0102
In my opinion the Ford Escort XR3i was one of the best sporty fords, with the fun of putting the roof down when its sunny. I have owned about every 80,s hothatch including a rs500. but the mk4 escort xr3i convertible was always the most fun to drive. I use mine as a second car and it sites on the drive next to my x type jaguar and still looks modern. (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2008 by mk3067
Lovely motor not every ones cup of tea but each to there own I have one and I love it rs turbo bodykit in red OK it has its problems but what car doesn t. (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2008 by ADAM XR3I WILLGOSS
I love my ford escort xr3i mk4 1989 hard top in white and standard
Written on: 29/12/2007 by DABOWES (1 review written)
I have owned an xr2 and an Orion Ghia,but I have had my Ford Escort XR3i for about a month now and it's great.
You can drive for miles just enjoying the roads. It looks great and it's a legend.
The engine is easy to work on as is the whole car . British icon - need I say more ? (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2007 by fordtastic
I bought an XR3i 1.6 G reg in white. Had been sat in a garage for 4 years, hardly driven for two before being garaged only 61000 miles. The car was advertised as non starter. It had no MOT or tax, I paid £250 for it plus a pack of lager for my mate who towed me back to his garage. New set of spark plugs and some fresh juice and we were off, the engine starts and all looks good. Gave the car a small service and the MOT passed with flying colours. Just need to tidy body work up, give it a bit... (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2007
I love old Ford cars, Ive had a few but this is my first xr3i, Ive had it a year and I love it, dont ever want to sell it. Have had to replace a few parts but its worth it. It has obviously been thrashed in the past, as many have, but the way I see it is there all geting a bit old now the deserve to be looked after. (read more)
Written on: 11/10/2007 by chinkeltik
I've had my xr3i cab for 2 months, radiators don't work and engine block is knackered, but it looks cool. Was cheap fast, and I cant wait to get it sorted. (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2006 by ASTRABOY (9 reviews written)
I Bought an Escort XR3i after writing off 2 cars. It was and 83 one owner 70,000mile car and I only gave £1250 for it. I had it for 1.5 years and never had any trouble with it. In fact just about everyone I knew seemed to have one of these at the time. I only parted with it when I found a lovely 83 RS1600i for sale in a local garage and had to have it.
It did have one problem as I remember it leaked through the battery tray. Great cars though. (read more)
Written on: 21/09/2005 by LauraBrown (2 reviews written)
The Ford Escort XR3i is possibly the best car I have ever bought for £800 (5 years ago) Is it time to let go? (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2005 by ECAB
I own a Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet. I have had the car for six months now, and nothing has gone wrong on it. (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2005 by ige (1 review written)
Had my Ford Escort XR3i for 2 yrs now - it sailed through its mot twice, so much fun to drive so who cares about the mpg. I'm 44 and my partner 38 and driving it around with the noise from the exauhst makes us feel like teenagers again, there have been no mechanical faults at all in the 2 years we've owned it and I and only paid 250 ponds for it - best buy ever. Only trouble is every one wants to race you so treat it with respect for its age but you want to see heads turn when you can hear... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2005 by oldskoolXR3i
The Ford Escort XR3i is the best car i've ever had! My mums had her 86' 3i hatch for as long as I can remember so I bought a cheap cabriolet as my first car! Cam belt snapped the day I got it but since then its been wonderful!
Bit expensive to insure but then it is an XR3i and I was 17!
That was 2 years ago and I still got my baby and will still have her for the forseeable future! Same as my mums one shes had it ages!
Great old school looks and an all round good car plus two old school... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2005 by lyrical monster (1 review written)
I have owned my 1990 flamebeam Red/Nimbus silver Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet for just over 10 months, since i've owned it i've had nothing but problems with it.
It cost me £1500 with 3 months mot and no tax,
It cost my mum £500 to insure it,
My stereo blew up and that was £250 down the drain and it was vandalised. Now i've just bought a vauxhall cavalier with a full GSI bodykit with a sony xplode 10 disc cd changer for £150 so i'm scrapping the escort. If anyone would like the engine or... (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2005 by elliottroberts
I was given my Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet about 6 months ago but left it to sit on my driveway (too busy to have it taxed and use it...I know, it was sacrilege and I'm sorry ok!) Half an hour ago I put a new battery in and it started first time. I have had people knocking on my door every few days asking if I want to sell it but I haven't got a clue what it's worth. Anyone got a clue? (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2005 by malhpm (1 review written)
Having owned my 19 year old C-reg mk four Ford Escort XR3i for 11 years which has covered 201000 miles (140000 by myself) its by far the best car I have ever owned and cheapest to keep going, in that time i'm on the second engine and second gearbox which was changed in favour of a turbo lump and box but apart from general running costs its been a great motor, I think i'll never let it go as it's part of the family now. (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2005 by shabz (1 review written)
I absolutely love the Ford Escort XR3i because of its speed and looks it is the best car I have had for years. Even though it drinks petrol I dont mind you can actually watch the pertol needle go down as you drive.
Apart from that there are no problems as long as you take care of it.
My Xr3i does 0-60 in 7.5 - 8.0 seconds and has a top speed of 134, mine is a cabrolet and the chicks love it. Thats my review done ok bye. (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2005 by hazardlights441 (2 reviews written)
Ford Escort XR3i - Since I added my last review in September my XR Cabby has been in the garage about ten times for some serious engine work, I've had my top end of the engine reconditioned and the head skimmed with a new head gasket. I added the top end to a XR2I bottom end and also used the XR2I rocker cover. Ive had a new: gear box, wheel barings, recaro seats, rs alloys, k&n air filter, brakes and disks, full exhaust system, drive shafts, 2 services, 4 tyres, replaced heater hoses and... (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2004 by LauraBrown (2 reviews written)
Please, please please help me! I dearly love my little XR3i Convertible. Its a 89, F plate with only 70,000 miles on the clock, I bought it three years ago and it has never ever ever let me down, it has passed every single MOT, I love it to bits, I'm just so scared it's gonna konk out on me when I need it most, my friend has offered me her Golf GTI, but I just cannot bring myself to sell it as I love it so dearly, I won't get a lot for it and It needs a respray (another one, it's allready... (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2004 by benjw999 (1 review written)
I have owned my Ford Escort XR3i since July '04.
I've owned and driven a few cars over the last few years...
Prior to the 3i I owned a 205 1.9 GTi. Ok, the GTi was twice as quick and 6 times as good around corners...
However, the XR3i is just as an 80's hot hatch was meant to be! It's no Civic Type R, Impreza Turbo...and it doesn't pretend to be one either!
I live in Manchester, where you can see a Boxter on every street, however, it's still rare that you see an 80's classic car in good... (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2004 by xrtreeeye (1 review written)
I recently invested £1500.00 in a MINT F reg Ford Escort XR3i. This beauty has only ever had 3 owners and covered a mere 43000 miles in its 16 years of life and it drives like new. A much loved car with a split personality, if you want a refined Sunday drive, it will do it and they are comfortable but firm. On the flip side, if you wanna drive like your butts on fire then you are in for some serious fun. In closing, a cheap car, cheap to run yet excellent fun!!! ENJOY!! (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2004 by hazardlights441 (2 reviews written)
I have a 88 Ford Escort XR3I Cabriolet and it is mint, faster than a XR3I will do about 135mph with standard 108bhp,they will never be too old and never too slow, so what if a 106GTI or SaxoVTS beats it they are new and there engines wont last 16 years like these cars, a saxo blows up at about 6 years old and even earlier for the 106. Long live the XR3I. (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2004 by Smokey joe Krazier (1 review written)
Ford Escort XR3i Modified Car
0-62mph 7.1 sec approx
138mph top speed
Love this car but i just got beaten by an R5 turbo with about the same BHP...need to move on
BMW here i come.. (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2004 by alpal
I recently bought an 89' Ford Escort XR3i efi model in black (which is a great colour for this car). There are great exaust notes when you put your foot down and it pops under engine breaking which sounds quite sporty (the pipe looks pretty standard to me - no bad boy stuff).What I really like about this car is that it appears to have good grip with minimal body roll. I can really throw it around with confidence. Mind you, wouldnt like to try in the wet. I got this particular car because it... (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2004 by ryan cooke (1 review written)
The Ford Escort XR3i is an excellent car i have a 1988 cabriolet (mfi) which only cost £500 the car was already modified. It had been lowered and has the rs turbo wheels and bodykit on and clear lenses and a rear spoiler. I have recently put clear rear lenses on. the bodywork aint that bad getting a respray in 2 months time just had a new mohair roof put on it costing £450 and have put a new starter motor on the car which runs great with a straight through system. You cant go wrong with a... (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2004 by bazza123 (1 review written)
This is my 3rd XR ford. Ive had numerous cars in the last 10 years since passing the test. Most general brands, bmw, opel, alfa, VW GTI's, some fords, and a mini I dont like to talk about. This was my first car, a lowered caspian blue 83 model with mk4 wheels..more rust than metal,,(it was and is the best looking car I ever seen) And I was sold. Now im back owning one...a red 89 XR3i, with rs2000 wheels..and im keeping it..we are again one) (read more)
Written on: 12/02/2004 by deano (1 review written)
The Ford Escort XR3i is a cheap fun car, good for mods iv worked in a garage for many years now and you can give me any escort 2 work on any day. Not like those ugly jap scoobys, now scoobys are over rated and sound rubish im sick of them coming in 4 work but on the other hand if you have money 2 waste get a scooby and look like a rep but if you have got the cash get a escort cosworth (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2004 by GIRLRACER (1 review written)
I adore Ford Escort XR3i's, I got mine a couple of years ago and I paid 250 4 it all it needed was a new bulb 4 a head light and iv had no probelms since, iv raced so many different cars and this has never let me down I love them xxx (read more)
Written on: 02/02/2004 by lukieno1 (2 reviews written)
I managed to pick up a 1989 G reg Radiant Red Ford Escort XR3i about 2 weeks ago and I can see why everybody thrashes them because they are a dream to drive and they're fun. I picked up my first ever car for £400 in mint condition with 40,000 miles on it, couple of downsides were that where it had been sat out in the sun for a while (old man owner died over a year ago) the paint had faded and bloomed and I now owned a mint PINK car. With whole weekend with some cut-and-polish on it and a lot... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2004 by ash 00 2004 (1 review written)
Escort XR3i's are pretty good. (let me just tell you what FORD means... Fix Or Repair Daily!!) I bought one for my first car before I passed my test at 19 couple of months ago, 46000 miles on a re-build, years mot, half years tax for not a lot of cash. Since then, ive got clear lights all around, and soon an exhaust system. It came with full electrics, 90 spec rs turbo recaro interior, in wicked condition. Somehow i'v managed to get 125mph out of it, serious. and that was with the exhaust... (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2003 by turboJOE (2 reviews written)
I bought my first Ford Escort XR3i when i was 18. It was my second car. I loved it when i finally got insured, most of my mates were really jealous as they still drove 1100 Fiestas, Novas, etc. the best thing about owning one is there are bits everywhere for them going cheap, mine had recaros, turbo wheels, full 90 spec in a couple of months. It was a laugh to drive and quite pokey for what it is, back in the day it would see off any other car in the same class. The bad points are that... (read more)
Written on: 11/12/2003 by G1RL R4CER (1 review written)
Xr3i's are the phattest cars out, ok, they might be old news by now, but at the end of the day, all ya need to do is put a decent body kit on it, a phat back-box, n some nice alloys (matrix or enigma) a nice sound system, n you got da perfect car!! my ex had a cossie replica, n since then, ive been hooked on xr3i's, RS's n Cossy's... (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2003 by trevor weeks (1 review written)
The Ford Escort XR3i still can be head a turners. easy to upgrade. plenty of bolt on extras. cheap(ish) parts. most problems can be fixed without a great knowledge of engines, just a tool box and a haynes manual. Just a quick note. I own a 90spec xr3i cabriolet and although its my pride and joy i have to say that they are not that quick. mine is running 124bhp and my girlfriends saxo westcoast 1.4 would beat it 0-30 without too much hastle. newer engine, very very light body. after 30mph i... (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2003 by chalk (4 reviews written)
My Ford Escort XR3i was a J reg with 84,000 miles on the clock. My mates said it wasn't very good. This is what I did. Forgot all that chip and all that turbo rubbish. I just stuck a 1500 BMW Alpine engine in it and it went well fast. (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2003 by xroldskool (3 reviews written)
Dear oh dear. After reading many of the reviews in this category, I just had to put in my two pence worth. There are so many tit for tat arguments, 'mines better than yours etc'. So, I will try to give an informative review:
My first Ford Escort XR3i was an 89F model. It comes with EW,CL,EM as standard and options include ABS, heated screen and computer (not to mention the usual colours / stereo options.
I did around 40,000 miles in the 3 years I owned it and found it very reliable. It let... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2003 by scottish676 (1 review written)
My first ever car was a Ford Escort XR3i and I loved it. It was racing car red with gorgeous fox racing alloys. The whole car was spotless with not a single piece of rust to be seen. Very comfy top drive but you could put the foot down on the motorway and actually watch the fuel going down. (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2003 by rs turbo 90 (1 review written)
The Ford Escort is a very nice car with the XR3i bodykit or the RS Turbo bodykit and looks dead sexy aright bird puller that still is one of the best sporty cars around. (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2003 by Pall (3 reviews written)
I would rate the Ford Escort XR3i 0 out of ten. They are slow, fat, cumbersome cars. They have no stlye, bad to drive and look disgraceful. I used own a red K-reg XR3i a few years back. I spent thousands of pounds tuning it but still found it at speeds under 139 mph. Only racer wannabe's drive them. Real racers laugh at the sight of a XR3i. (read more)
Written on: 21/05/2003 by T.J.
Absolutely stunning car for performance and looks all round brilliant.
Its true about the escort bug, once you drive one for a few miles you will never be without one.
I got the bug and pleased to say I still have it.
I bought this xr3i and fell in love with it until sumone made me a huge offer on it which I couldnt resist, but now deeply regret and would pay the world to get it back.
Just a general serivce kept this brilliant car out of trouble.
Alternator at 106,000
new exhaust... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2003 by The true boy racer of ossy.
The xr3i is a great car it has great looks and a decent performance when maxed they are ace! Like i said most are quite rusty by now but if you find a good one grab it! I recently bought an xr3i and it came with full one off bodykit, 4in rear backbox, pulsar bonnet vent moulded in and a bad boy bonnet, the engine was standard but it's fast you only have to tap the throttle a touch and your gone overall a great car if you get one! (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2003 by matty.
This car is quite simply great, Ok it's image isn't the best with its spotty teenager boyracer image, but it's a great all round package. It's quite quick, acceleration is approx late 8s to early 9s, which is to be expected for the power output. The cornering of this car is quite simply superb, I drove an Astra round the same corner which wasn't a patch on the XR even a pug 306GTi6 owner was impressed. A very underestimated car, i have made a few tweaks such as competion manifold and... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2003 by Ben.
As said before i have enjoyed driving this car, it's image is a little dated now and older cars are beginning to suffer from terminal rot, especially in the UK. I would consider another one but would look for a later (EFI) version as i have had some continuing problems with the Bosch MPI system fitted to mine. However, if you find a fairly clean example, (have a good look around the sills, front turrets and boot floor), and the asking price is reasonable they are good fun. (read more)
Written on: 02/02/2003 by dennis.
love them like there part of my body, mine is a late 89 rs turbo look, i like with 17" momo alloys, recro bucket seats, £15.00 worth of i.c.e, single wiper blade, a rs turbo rear spolier, a rs turbo badge off a 911 prosche and a 8" peco back box (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2002 by boy racer.
Fast on accelaration 0-60 6.5 seconds flat, fast on top end looks good nice interior spacious boot to fit e.g subs woofers and amps what a beast car (read more)
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