Nothing but a big Ford piece of s***
Seats squeaked uncontrollably.
Windows barely rolled up and down (fixed with new motors).
Dash warped in some places.
Speedometer quit due to failed transmission speed sensor.
Tires were good, although needed alignment (which was repaired).
3rd gear synchro went out at 120K.
Engine exploded at 120,500 and that was the end.
This car is just nothing but a complete piece of crap that Ford thought would sell good. I had high hopes when I bought this car, only to discover that it was just that, hopes! I loved the way this car looked in its deep candy apple red-ish color. It was in good condition and I got it for only $2000 from a desperate kid. But all good things must end right?
I had it checked by a Ford Certified mechanic, and was given the thumbs up. Although after a week of driving it, and I had been driving it normally, my 3rd gear synchro went out. It was barely shiftable. But then the real problem came in. It must have had an unknown problem or something, because after I had the synchro repaired, which the dealer refused to repair, and I had to pay an arm and a leg to fix, the engine developed a slight knock. I discovered that one of the lifters was loose, but before I could even think about repairing it again, the engine exploded on me IN A BIG WAY! I was driving on the freeway at 70 MPH when the car shuddered, the knock got real bad, then with a sound like a cannon, it let go, and I mean, it didn't just die, it completely BLEW UP! I'm talking fluids coming out like a waterfall, smoke everywhere, and a smell I will certainly never forget. I was stranded on the side of the highway with a busted car, and no money to repair it. I got it towed home and actually was able to sell it to an enthusiast who went to my same school, and he ended up doing a 3.0L swap in it. Although it was somewhat fun, I WILL NEVER BUY A FORD AGAIN..EVER!!
My 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 was soooo much more reliable than this thing, before it was crushed in a 4 car accident!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th April, 2010