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We would love to heart about your experience of the Ford Orion. If you have ever owned one of these cars and had to replace any parts then we would love to hear how the parts performed when fitted. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Ford Orion Overview

The Ford Orion is classed as a small family which was produced by the European division of the Ford Motor Company. This vehicle was in production from 1983 to 1993 and was quite a popular car over its lifetime. The Orion was the saloon version of Ford's hatchback the Escort. The cars were almost identical apart from the rear end. The extra room in the boot of the car made them very spacious and with plenty of storage space. These cars were good to drive and are known for their comfort and reliability. There are not to many on the roads these days, but they are cheap to buy and cheap for replacement parts. Does this sound like your experience of the Orion?

Ford OrionHistory

The Mark I Orion (1983-86) was brought onto the market to fill the gap left by the Ford Cortina. Ford didn't really have a saloon on the market at this point. Apart from the rear end, the only difference between the Orion and the Escort was the front grille design. Both these cars shared a lot of features, and would continue to do so throughout their lifetimes. The Mark II (1986-90) was changed and given a new look the same time that the Escort was updated. There were quite a few new trims available and many mechanical and aesthetical updates were made to the vehicle. The Mark III (1990-93) came in for a lot of criticism due to some poor engines and some bad design. There was an improvement to the engines in 1992 when the Zetec 16V engines were introduced. The Orion name was dropped in 1993 and the Escort name was used for the saloon version.

Model Types

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Fuel Economy

The Ford Orion was available in a number of different engines. These engines included: 1.3, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8L petrol and a 1.8L diesel engine. The 1.8L diesel engine was the most economical of the available engines, offering up to 45mpg which is quite good for a vehicle of this age. Which engine did you have and how did it perform economically?


The Ford Orion was available in 4 or 5 speed manual and 3-speed automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox did you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Ford gearbox parts where you can begin to search for the gearbox parts you need for your Orion.


You can find parts for your Ford Orion at incredibly low prices through Breakeryard. We have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers who have parts for all makes and models. There are two ways to search for your required parts: Enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the Orion parts page to locate those exact parts you need.