The one i looked at had a 1.9 in it. I saw it in a junk yard and didnt know if there was anything special about it and i guess there is not. I just took the pony stickers off of it because i thought they looked cool and i thought i might put them on my egt.
Nope no power steering. Gives a nice weight savings and is actually more fun to drive and has better road feel. Yep it´s the 1.9l. The pony is the butt stock model, cheapo, nothing on it, etc. The ´91 (which is what I have) is also the lightest escort ever produced weighing in at about 1900 lbs (supposedly).
I am the (somewhat) proud owner of an 89 Pony that I can tell you anything you want to know about. I re-built the engine on it while it sat in my back yard...It´s a 1.9l just like most others, and it has the CFI throttle body injector on it. Nothing special...the lack of power steering definately gives more road feel. Not a bad car, but very basic, and limited by the very badly spaced ratios of the 4-speed. Look to perform a tranny swap if you buy one.
i was zipping around in my dad´s temporary Festiva GL (no power steering, and temporary cuz it´s sold now
, and while driving at speed there wasn´t to much difference in the steering feel. however, i never tried doin any sharp corners or slaloming or anything like that. also, when turning from no speed, like doing a U turn, it´s harder to pull around because you´re the one twisting the wheels around on the spot, not some powered motor.
also consider that racers in the FIA WRC all have power steering, and when it broke, their times got reduced because of the extra effort needed to pull those muthas around the course