Car with an engine from hell
Replaced tires when purchased at 80k.
Blew a head gasket within the first month of ownership. It then blew another head gasket the following summer.
Starter relay switch replaced at 85k.
Car's engine caught on fire at 90k; it burnt to a crisp.
Automatic seat belts worked when they wanted to.
I wanted to like this car, it was sort of cute and the seats were fairly comfortable for a small car.
Unfortunately, it was yet another terrible purchase. As stated above, the engine blew a head gasket twice, costing me US $1100 to fix the first time and $900 to fix the second time. The Escort would overheat very frequently, I worried every time I got into the car that I would be stranded somewhere.
Finally, after parking the car in my driveway, I turned around to see the whole front of the car engulfed in flames. The engine caught fire and burned to a crisp. Shrug, good riddance.
I have owned three Fords in my lifetime; all of which tended to overheat (why do Fords have this problem?!).
I will NEVER buy a Ford again, should have learned my lesson the first time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th January, 2011