1987 Ford Escort Wagon 4 cylinder from North America
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
29th Jul 2012, 21:34
You bought a 21 year old car; of course it was going to have issues.
27th May 2013, 06:17
Read his stats; he owned the car from 1995-1996.
28th May 2013, 06:34
Well of course it's going to blow a head gasket if it overheats all the time! Why didn't you have your cooling system looked at, instead of just driving it around and letting the engine overheat. It's not the engine from hell, it's an inoperative cooling system and the owner causing the problem.