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#1 nudge

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 08:57 PM

Hi all, Does anybody have or know anybody with a 1.6 Diesel Mk4 Escort? as I have owned my Escort for 9years now and never come across another one.

 

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#2 nudge

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:46 AM

Must be a rare motor?

 

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 02:07 AM

Hi Nigel,

Just spotted your post, after Googling 'Escort 1.6D' !
I'd forgotten I was even a member on here, and I think this is my first post (I will find out in a minute!)

Anyway, I have just bought an Escort 1.6D, although for me this is a nostalgic return to the marque!

I will post more on my car, and I will go and introduce myself too, in the appropriate place in due course.

At least you need not feel alone with your 1.6D now!

:edit: Ah I remember now, I advertised one of my cars on here a while back, and I'd meant to put some pics up of other Fords I'd owned, but I don't think I ever got around to it!. Glad I've found this site again! Lol

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:12 AM

I was wondering that this car was the only one in the country.
I would like to see some pictures.

Unfortunately my Escorts body work is getting a bit tired but mechanically it run and starts every day having covered 220k miles

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

Don't see many of those around now. It's quite an achievement to keep an old Ford that had covered that many miles on the road. Doesn't look as though it has done that many miles.

 

If you want to see exactly how rare it is have a look on howmanyleft.co.uk

 

Noticed the bit of carpet underneath, leaking oil is it?



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 04:54 PM

There used to be an oil leak its been sorted now.
My hat goes off to any body that looks after there motors.
I've always been into Ford I've owned many from Fiestas to st24s, i'm also into mk2 Rovers only because of British heritage

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:15 AM

I will sort some pictures.

My car is the same colour as yours, but an estate.

1.6 diesels are indeed very rare nowadays, and even the 1.8 diesels are becoming few and far between in the Mk4s. Funny remembering back, when these cars were almost on every street corner!
The only 1.6 D I have ever seen in recent years (apart from the Mk2 Fiesta I also own) is a Mk3 Escort that was in the small town where my parents live. It was a beige colour, and obviously very well used indeed, but I've not seen it now for some months, so maybe the grim reaper has finally caught up with that one too, but fingers crossed it still survives somewhere!

My Escort isn't being used as a daily, but I had a 1.8D Combi van from new as a company vehicle initially, before I took it on myself. I kept it for fifteen and a half very happy years, and retired it with 200k miles on the clock. The engine was still as sweet as a nut, it was just the ever increasing amounts of welding needing doing for each MOT that finally led to me parting with it.

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 06:30 PM

Ok, here are some pics of my diesel Fords, past and present.

 

First up is the 1986 Escort Combi 1.6D, which wasn't infact my van, but it was our family business's van. We bought it nearly new (a couple of hundred or so miles on the clock). I shared it with someone else. This was the very first diesel vehicle I drove.

Note the polythene still on the seats in the photo, it was that new!

This van only lasted about three years, as it lost an argument with a taxi one evening, when my workmate's girlfriend was driving it!

 

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Next up is the second Combi, a 1.8D bought new in 1989, and this was my company van from the outset. I bought this van from the leasing company, and ran it as my daily for 15 and a half years. It was a great little van. The new 1.8 engine was smoother, and of course more powerful, but I always loved the sound and exhaust note of the 1.6D.

 

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(To be continued. Photobucket playing up, so just checking the pics are working......)



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 06:54 PM

Now for my current cars.

 

First up is the Fiesta 1.6D I bought a couple of years ago. It only has about 30k miles on the clock. These are even rarer than their Escort counterparts!

Being a smaller car than the Escort, it's quite nippy in comparison! In its day I recall the 1.6D Fiesta was class leading for a time, with its economy.

 

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After my Combi van I owned three petrol Escorts (one Mk3 and two Mk4s).  All were low mileage 'minters'.

I then came across the current 1986 1.6DL estate, and couldn't let it pass me by, so I've come full circle now!

It's only done 43k miles. It had sat outside unused and unloved for 12 years, but other than needing some new door window rubbers, it wants for little else.

 

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 10:36 PM

Your estate looks fantastic, my Escort is in no way in condition as yours I do use it daily and unfortunately it's parked outside as I have no room in the garage, I do get attached to my cars and I was only going to have this Escort for short period and ended up close to 10years of ownership i'm not planning to sell at this point but every year I say to myself i'm going to sell and get another Ford but I end up changing my mind.
It's great seeing another 1.6d

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:28 AM

For a car of its mileage, living outside and being used daily, yours too looks great!

 

I know what you mean about getting attached to them. I promised myself I would never have more than three cars at any one time, and now I'm up to six!  I can barely cope with two, let alone six!

I've also got first refusal on another 1.6D, a saloon like yours. If that came my way then something would have to give, and I would probably let the Fiesta, and maybe the estate go, but I've decided I will derfinitely have to keep one of these old 1.6Ds, because of their rarity, particularly in original and low mileage condition. Pity I couldn't keep them all for ever, as I know whatever I eventually end up  parting with will most likely get the Zetec treatment by someone... lowered, with alloys, tinted windows and what have you!

 

A couple more pics of my estate.....

 

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 11:10 AM

Collection off six very nice, I've only got three did have four, the estate looks like its just come out of a show room I've got to show my dad your pictures he will love them.
The more cars you have it can be a full time job looking after them all.
Its also good to talk to like minded people who enjoys there cars.

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:45 PM

I hope your dad enjoys the pics.

Does your car still have its original 1.6DL badging on the rear?

I keep my cars undercover, which helps me preserve them, but of course it isn't cheap paying for the storage costs! My daily (a 23 year old Peugeot 205 diesel) has to sit outside though! Lol

I need to give the engine compartment of the estate a good clean, as it got quite dusty and grubby during its time out of use.
Once I've got hold of some new door window rubbers it'll look really good. I plan to take it to the 'Simply Ford' event in Beaulieu in May. It's only 10 minutes from where I live, so very handy for me. I took my Fiesta last year, and I was the only 1.6D there, that I noticed.

The internet is great for sharing our interests, and has helped me no end for gaining and sharing information.

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:02 AM

Now tried to edit my profile 9 times, and it STILL won't accept my details. It seems as if I'm stuck with Escort Ghia on my profile forever! Lol



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:19 AM

Very strange usually straight forward to change

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