1996 Ford Escort CLX 16V 1.6


Very good allrounder!


The interiors peeled and came out from some places.

Air condition works noisy.

Back door suspensions gone off.

Right side door locked permanently.

Key code gone off.

General Comments:

All of these problems are easy and cheap to solve.

My Escort has a very low fuel consumption and great steering with its Zetec engine.

Altough it is a comfortable allround wagon car, available seat positions are not enough for people who are taller than 180 cm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2004

1997 Ford Escort CLX 1.6


I really recommend an Escort


I had problems with a by-pass ventilator.

On the 49,000th kilometer the clutch broke down while I was driving at 160 km/h.

I had to change the brake-discs because of the cracks on the surface.

I still have problems with the by-pass ventilator and oxygen sensor.

Fuse box has some problems.

Some accessories like A/C, rear-screen and wind-screen wipers may stop working without any reason.

General Comments:

In spite of all the serious problems I had and high costs of servicing, it is really a good car (still looks more attractive than the Focus).

Suspension and handling characteristics are really good and its torque is high on low revs.

I am planning to buy an XR3i.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2001

7th Sep 2001, 12:17

Hi, I own an Escort CLX 1.4i 1997, I have it over a year with no real problems.. but over the last few weeks I have noticed what sounds like a hollow sound coming from the back right hand wheel... I've only recently got a new exhaust on it so it's not that.. have you any suggestions..???


6th Feb 2002, 16:41

My catalytic converter went with only 29,000 on the clock of a '97 model. Very disappointed at Ford's response.