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Ford Escort (1980 - 1990)


Complete coverage for your vehicle

Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Ford Escort, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your Ford Escort. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Ford Escort can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.

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What's covered

What's covered: 

Hatchback, Cabriolet, Estate, Van and Combi, inc. XR3, XR3i, RS Turbo and special/limited editions.
Petrol: 1.1 litre (1117 and 1118cc), 1.3 litre (1296 and 1297cc), 1.4 litre (1392cc) and 1.6 litre (1597cc).


Does NOT cover CTX (automatic) transmission or RS1600i.

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Introduced in September 1980, the Ford Escort soon established itself as Britain and Europe’s best-selling car. The cars feature front-wheel-drive from a transverse engine/transmission arrangement with independent front and rear suspension on Saloon and Estate models, dual circuit brakes and four or five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. The model range is extensive including three or five-door Hatchback Saloon, Estate, soft-top Cabriolet and Van versions, available with overhead valve or overhead camshaft engines. High performance models in the range are the Escort XR3, XR3i with fuel-injection, and RS Turbo with fuel-injection and turbocharger. Extensive modifications to all models were introduced in 1986, with changes to engine sizes and specification, revised body styling and interior, and a number of steering, suspension, and transmission improvements. 1986 also saw the introduction of Ford’s unique Anti-lock Braking System as standard equipment on RS Turbo models and a low cost option on certain other models.