Fast Ford - - Buyer’s Guide Escort Rs Cosworth -

All very much a Mk5 Es­cort in the cabin, the Cosworth has the same fail­ings as any other Ford of the era, with plas­tics prone to rat­tling and switchgear li­able to fail­ure.

The dash­board’s white dial faces tend to go blotchy with age, and the dig­i­tal clock might have miss­ing dig­its; it’s not easy to find re­place­ments.

Gear lever gaiters don’t wear well, and the steer­ing wheel could be tatty. Top-con­di­tion sub­sti­tutes don’t come cheap. If it’s a later car with airbag, make sure the warn­ing light on the dash­board is work­ing.

Front seats have a ten­dency to col­lapse on the base, and bol­sters be­come tatty when the miles are piled on. Trim can of­ten be re­paired but the rarer shades of Hexagon are harder to come by.

If you’re con­cerned about stan­dard spec, there were three main va­ri­eties – Road­sport/ Mo­tor­sport (which had wind-up win­dows and Kar­mann seats rather than Re­caros), Stan­dard (which added cen­tral lock­ing and re­mote tail­gate re­lease; most were equipped with cloth Re­caros) and Lux­ury (fea­tur­ing elec­tric front win­dows, open­ing rear quar­ter glass, heated wind­screen and glass sun­roof). Lots of Lux­u­rys were fit­ted with leather seats, and some fea­tured op­tional air con­di­tion­ing.

Whichever you choose, get the best­con­di­tion trim you can find be­cause it’s hellishly ex­pen­sive to re­place.

Many Lux mod­els came with leather Re­caro seats

The in­te­rior can rat­tle and feel just as pla­s­ticky as any Mk5 Es­cort or 90s Ford

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