1988 Ford Escort XR3i
(Featured on 4th March 2012)
Registration: E987 GRD
Sellers original description:
This 1988 Ford Escort XR3i was bought new by my Mother in law and then passed on to me and my wife several years ago. We've only used it a few times during the summer months since we have had it and it has spent most of its time parked in the garage. Now we are selling our house and have decided to sell the car. It is in excellent condition and has only done 40,000 miles.
The bodywork on this car is very good. There isn't any rust or damage. It looks almost new. It has the original white Ford wheel trims still fitted. I very rarely see another Escort of this era and never in this condition. It seems to get a lot of attention and positive comments when I take it out.
Mechanically it is perfect. The engine starts instantly and the battery is fairly new. It is very responsive and sounds smooth. It just passed it's MOT recently with no advisory's. It uses no oil or coolant. The gearbox is very slick and precise to use. The clutch bites low and is light to operate. There are no knocks or rattles from the suspension and it feels very tight to drive. The tyres all have plenty of tread. It had a new cambelt fitted last year and has only covered a couple of thousand miles since. It really does run and drive like new, I can't fault it.
The interior is immaculate, there are no rips or stains on the upholstery. The carpet is in excellent condition. The steering wheel shows no wear. The instrument faces aren't peeling like on many Mk4 Escort's. All the dash lights work at night. The heater and fan are very good. It has the original Ford radio cassette which works excellently. The boot is also immaculate as is the parcel shelf.
I would say this is probably one of very few Escort XR3i's in 100% original condition. It is also without a doubt one of the best condition examples around. It is a beautiful appreciating classic hot hatchback. It belongs in a museum or as a cherished show car.