[QUOTE=FordMan1981;1344342]Not sure if this is the right forum for this kind of topic, but, here goes otherwise...
Does anyone here know when in MY1987 did Ford pull the plug on the diesel Escort and Tempo? (That is, if any '87 Tempos - very few, obviously - had the diesel.)
1st quarter MY1987: September-November 1986
2nd quarter MY1987: December 1986-February 1987
3rd quarter MY1987: March-May 1987
4th quarter MY1987: June-August 1987
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Two new optional engines debuted for the Escort line in 1984
, a 2.0-liter diesel (produced by Mazda) and a turbocharged version of the Escort's 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The diesel was not available on the GT, but the turbo was. With 120 horsepower, an Escort GT Turbo had more power than other so-called "pocket rockets," such as the VW Rabbit GTI and Dodge Omni GLH. A new LX trim replaced the GLX, and it came with the GT's fuel-injected engine. A softer, more rounded dash panel updated the cabin. And in a brilliant display of ergonomic science, Ford moved the horn button from the end of the turn signal stalk back to the steering wheel.
Escorts were similar to the '84s, with the exception of a finer cross-hatch grille.
Halfway through the year, the 1985 1/2
models rolled out and continued unchanged for the 1986
model year. Ford replaced the 1.6-liter engines with two 1.9-liter engines: a carbureted version with 86 horsepower and a fuel-injected version (standard on GT and optional on other models) with 108 horsepower. The Mazda-built diesel was still available, though its days were numbered, as few buyers opted for the fuel-stingy but slow oil burner.
A cleaner front end with flush-mounted headlights, a lower hood line and a simpler grille with horizontal openings identified the latest version of Ford's hot-selling subcompact. Taillights were revised slightly, now having three horizontal segments. A new trim level dubbed "Pony" was introduced, aimed at those who wanted basic transportation and nothing more. For driving enthusiasts, the Escort GT now offered an improved sport suspension with 15-inch eight-spoke alloy wheels, an asymmetrical grille and a color-keyed body kit consisting of a front airdam (with integral foglights), side sills and rear spoiler.
Ford simplified the Escort lineup for 1987
, which now consisted of Pony, GL and GT models. Carburetors were history, as all Escorts now had fuel injection. Horsepower numbers were up slightly: The Pony and GL had 90 horsepower, and the GT had 110 eager horses. The diesel engine option was dropped partway through this year, due to sales activity as sluggish as its acceleration. Automatic front seat shoulder belts debuted, as did two new options: a front center fold-down armrest and a split-folding rear seat.
For the first half of 1988
, the Escort line was unchanged.
The Turbo GT carried over into 1984. A 2.0L diesel engine (produced by Mazda) was also offered this year but neither of the two versions sold well. The Turbo GT was dropped at the end of the model year and the diesel was discontinued in 1987. The GLX trim package was replaced with the LX and came with the GT's engine. The dash was also redesigned and the horn moved back to the steering wheel from the turn signal stalk.
The EXP could be ordered with the optional 1.6L turbo engine for 1984. The turbo EXP received quicker handling, sport wheels, and a ground effects package. But once again, it lagged a bit in performance due to its increased weight.
The Turbo GT version of the Escort was a carryover during the first half of this year. There were some minor trim changes but not much else. Then in 1985-1/2 the car was redesigned with a longer nose, flush-mounted aerodynamic headlights, different tail lights, and a different grill. The 1.6L engines were all replaced by the 1.9L CVH with a 2bbl. carb. It had 86hp, and about 16% more torque. The base model Escort returned at this time.
1986The Escort remained basically the same except the addition of a third brake light in the hatch. The base model was renamed the Pony. The Escort GT resurfaced this year with a 1.9L EFI engine producing 108hp. It had an improved suspension, 15" alloy 8 spoke wheels, an asymmetrical grill opening, front and rear spoilers, lower body sills, and a front air dam with integral fog lamps. The GT's were all painted 2-tone. It should be noted that a lot of people consider the 86 GT to be a 1985-1/2 model as it was introduced late in that year. The EXP was not produced during the start of the 1986 model year. Rather it resurfaced late in the model year as a 1986œ model. The EXP was now called the Escort EXP and it received the same aero headlights and came in two models, the luxury and the sport. The luxury had the 86hp engine whereas the sport had the 108hp engine from the GT.
No major engine or powertrain changes were added with the exception of replacing the carburetor with a throttle body (CFI) fuel injection system and reducing the valve size. The power was upped to 90hp in the standard engine and 110hp in the GT. The diesel engine was dropped mid year. There were some minor body changes though for the 1988 model year and the entry level Pony model was available with an automatic transmission in addition to the 4-speed manual in 1988 as well. The only other models available were the GL and GT. The Escort EXP was discontinued in 1988. Automatic seat belts and the split-folding rear seat were introduced this year.
Ford did a mid-year update again. For 1988-1/2 the nose and tail were redesigned along with front fenders, rear quarter panels, and completely new taillights. The car had a much more smooth appearance than the older versions. 14 inch tires were now standard. The LX trim level was brought back as an upgrade over the GL. The GT version also received a new grill, lower body molding, and a new rear spoiler. During this time Ford started to put roller hydraulic camshafts in the CSI and EFI (GT) engines. Also cars after 3/90 had the Distributorless Ignition System (DIS). There were other no major changes through 1990 except the trim levels. The only versions were the Pony, LX, and GT. The Pony and GT were 2-door hatchbacks while the LX came as 2-door hatchback, a 4-door, and a station wagon. The Escorts still remained the best selling cars in their class.
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