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RICHADA'S 1987 & 1989 FORD ESCORT XR3i CONVERTIBLES
Review of Ford Escort XR3 by RICHADA

Advantages: Practical fresh air motoring.
Disadvantages: Getting a bit old and creaky now.

WAS RICHADA EVER AS COOL AS HIS CARS? That is a rhetorical question thank you, and I am also aware that in many eyes especially thirty years later these particular convertibles will not be viewed as very cool at all, in their day though...... .. ... Read review

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Nice by LiveMusicLoverLyn
Exceptionally thorough and nostalgic review. I was unimpressed by a visit to a Toyota dealership yesterday. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place for advice on replacing my car! by Westy4

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exceptional

25.03.2017 08:10
my reliable ford focus
Review of Ford Focus Estate 1.8 TDCi Duratorq by merliuzas1

Advantages: efficiency, value for money
Disadvantages: none

i've bought my ford focus estate in 2014. Now I realize, how good this car is. No problems at all, just servicing regulary. Focus drives pretty well comparing to the price on market. I am pretty sure it can compete with Audi's and Bmw's well. The engines ... Read review

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Sorry, no help to consumers. Not your fault, but why have Ciao! got a pic of a convertible when the description is specifically the estate model?! by LiveMusicLoverLyn
Not helpful I'm afraid. You need to go into much more detail. by fatboyslim

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not helpful

24.03.2017 21:21
Polos with no hole
Review of Volkswagen Polo S BlueMotion by Digbycat

Advantages: Good little runaround
Disadvantages: Unpredictable sound system

Im truly rubbish at car reviews, I always have been, I have no interest in cars except they have to get me from A to B and to be honest, I tend to find car reviews float somewhere about a foot above my head. Everyone in the entire world seems to underst ... Read review

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E! by jules.34
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02.03.2017 08:33
Well gripped (Goodyear Ultragrip 9)
Review of Goodyear UltraGrip 9 by skyelightsmoke

Advantages: do exactly what it says on the tin
Disadvantages: I can't really see any

Where I originally come from, most people change tyres between winter and summer seasons as a matter of routine. When I originally came to the UK (many years ago now) and realised winter tyres were seen as some kind of specialised product that people conf ... Read review

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Vh =) by raspberry_ripple
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01.03.2017 13:32
(01.03.2017 13:57)
Dishonest company - do not use. Just stick with a local company.
Review of National Tyres by warrenneale

Advantages: None
Disadvantages: Dishonest staff, Fitting wrong tyres.

I was given a price for a budget tyre of just under 50. The manager then went on to say that because of a promotion I was able to have 2 x Continental tyres at a price of 113.50. I explained I did not have much money and only intended to get the one tyr ... Read review

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This would be made a more useful warning if you said which particular National branch you used - there are hundreds. by skyelightsmoke
Oh dear, should have gone straight back and complained. Why didn't you inspect when you collected car? Complain to their head office. by LiveMusicLoverLyn

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somewhat helpful

24.02.2017 12:50
good comfortable bike
Review of Suzuki GSX600F by graham1992

Advantages: touring capabilities, fuel economy, rider friendly
Disadvantages: weight and choke

This is the detuned version of the gsxr, but still has a decent amount of power. I have this bike at the minute but mine was imported from arizona in the USA so mine is labeled as the Katana but gsx600f and Katana are both the same bikes with the bandit 6 ... Read review

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Needs a proof read and expanding upon. by LiveMusicLoverLyn
Welcome to the site. Useful commentary, if a little hard to read. I started full size biking on an early Bandit with a nearly identical engine. Despite 49k and 11 different owners it still ran like clockwork. Remarkable things these old Suzi's! by Kpjwateridge

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24.02.2017 01:59
1985 ESCORT XR3i - THE ONE I SHOULD HAVE MOTHBALLED
Review of Ford Escort XR3i by RICHADA

Advantages: Appeal. Cheap Running Costs. Equipment. Looks. Practicality.
Disadvantages: Flimsy. Rust.

RICHADA THE EX-FAST FORD FAN Last week I published a review on the latest Ford Focus, specifically a top of the range Titanium X model, coming to the conclusion that this was a car 25% over priced. Many commentators agreed with me that, for average ... Read review

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We had a black one back in the day! by Pointress
I always hankered after the 1600e Cortina in its day - it seemed to embody the lowered looks of the Lotus Cortina, the interior of the Ghia version etc, in fact a friend who had one swore it was hand-built. Having then been a passenger, I wasn't so impressed. I guess the first 'hot hatch' I ever owned was a Mk1 Golf GTI, which felt like the 'bees knees' back in the days when a sub-10 0-60 was FAST. Here I'm driving around now in a sub-9 family estate car! by BNibbles

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18.02.2017 06:39
(21.02.2017 11:59)
WOULD YOU PAY THAT FOR A FOCUS?
Review of Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Titanium X by RICHADA

Advantages: Ease. Equipment. Handling. Looks. Practicality.
Disadvantages: Interior. Price. Trim

WHAT IS IT? The Ford Focus is the definition of a whole class of family five door, five seat hatchback cars that Ford has laid claim to since the days of the Mk3 Escort in 1981. It is the car for everyman, arguably the largest, most practical car t ... Read review

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As I've found myself, low profile tyres/big rims are a totally unnecessary combination on anything but a high performance car. Quite apart from the lumpier ride and increased road noise, they seem easier to kerb too as the tyre bellies out less. I have the same problem with voice actuation. In my old Leon, you had to train it by saying 'phone home' in a normal voice first. This new one reckons it doesn't need such things, but spends more of it's time saying 'pardon?'! by BNibbles
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11.02.2017 08:18
(11.02.2017 16:52)
Pirelli W210 SnowSport
Review of Pirelli W210 SnowSport by danielclark691

Advantages: High performance, good in wet conditions, durable, good speed rating.
Disadvantages: May be hard to find.

First impressions It isnt every day that you look to buy a full new set of tyres for your car. People either replace them in singles or (more sensibly) in pairs. I change the tyres in pairs and swop the fronts for the backs through the year, but w ... Read review

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Nice by LiveMusicLoverLyn
very helpful

08.02.2017 04:56
The new girl!
Review of Seat Ibiza 1.4 (Since 2008) by flaviamaria

Advantages: Great to drive, good looking
Disadvantages: Delayed gear change

~~~~~~~Intro~~~~~~~~~ Ah, my new car. After bidding farewell to my trusty Clio (I cried when it got towed away!) I decided to purchase a newer car (sadly) as I now need the reliability getting to and fr ... Read review

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Nicely done by Secre
Lovely car. by mikemelmak
very helpful

04.02.2017 23:30
Cold as ice!
Review of Car Plan Blue Star De Icer by ravingreviewer

Advantages: Easy to use and does its job.
Disadvantages: The smell.

...of the windows on my car before setting off. In the past I have made do wi ... Read review

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23.01.2017 10:08
First Time Franco! Top marks
Review of 1st Time School of Motoring, Plumstead by Timmaynard

Advantages: Fun friendly informative efficient
Disadvantages: None

BIG Thank you to Franco for such a swift and professional journey to test standard. Although I had some experience driving, down to his cool calm collected teaching style and good humour in 5 lessons Franco had me pass my test with zero faults!! I'd rec ... Read review

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Not a well rounded review - but congratulations! by LiveMusicLoverLyn
Something makes me decidedly less than comfortable about this one......odd that 16 reviews have been published too, it isn't as if we're reading about other driving instructors / schools here. R. by RICHADA

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Excellent
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David 1st Time
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Excellent!!
by HJStone
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20.01.2017 10:17
A Cute Little Kitty
Review of Ford Puma 1.7 by Soho_Black

Advantages: Nimble handling
Disadvantages: Stiff suspension and low to the road

...really intended to drive a Ford Puma, but it happened that just as my aged Peugeot 106 was on its last wheels, around three years ago, friend of mine was looking to upgrade his car. So it was that just days after my 40th birthday, recently marrie ... Read review

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Your Puma should actually start to appreciate in value, this was a rare "sweet spot" for Ford and was simply miles better than the awful, Corsa based Tigra, but then the Fiesta of the day was a far better car than its Vauxhall rival anyway. Sadly due to budgetary constraints the interior is as you describe, basically a mid-90's Fiesta, just as my Calibra was, internally, a late '80's Cavalier! R. by RICHADA
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16.01.2017 16:57
FIESTA 140PS ST-LINE BLACK EDITION - FUN, FUN, FUN!
Review of Ford Fiesta ST Black Edition by RICHADA

Advantages: Driving Experience. Economics. Handling. Performance. Ride.
Disadvantages: Build Quality. Finish. Interior Materials. Visibility.

RICHADA'S - REDISCOVERING HIS FAST FORD ROOTS I very recently reviewed the very first new car that I purchased, way back in 1983, that car was a black Ford Fiesta XR2, at the time, the most sporting version of the humble but universally popular Ford ... Read review

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Excellent! by CelticSoulSister
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15.01.2017 07:53
1983 FORD FIESTA XR2 - NOSTALGIA RULES OK!
Review of Ford Fiesta XR2 by RICHADA

Advantages: Agile. Attainable. Cheap running costs. Fast. Handling. Practical Classic.
Disadvantages: Getting Scarce. Heavy Steering. Impractical interior fabrics. Paintwork. Rust.

You may well ask how I remember so well, and am able to quote detailed statistics on a car that I ran over thirty years ago not that it seems anywhere near that long ago to me now....... .....well, decades before joining Ciao and publishing reviews to ... Read review

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E! by Pointress
Fantastic review by Mistee-Dreamz

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07.01.2017 07:47
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