1989 Ford Escort LX from North America


Cute car that tries its hardest to make you happy


Transmission rebuilt at 65,000 miles.

Fuel Injector replaced at 70,000 miles.

Timing belt at 50,000 miles.

Alternator replaced at 85,000 miles (a $600 fix)

General Comments:

I worried a lot with this car about whether or not it would make it from point A to Point B because it ran so badly.

Shakes a lot when passing 40mph, but stops after 65mph.

I had a lot of small problems with this car after the transmission was rebuilt, but nothing big.

A couple months before I junked it, it started stalling constantly at every stop light and stop sign. Would stall even more frequently in the rain.

Besides all this, I love that car more than anything and wish I could have afforded to keep it because it was still running when I junked it and it would probably still be running now. It always tried it's hardest. I'll miss her : (

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th June, 2004

1989 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America


Great everyday car


Both Tie Rods went at the exact same time.

Burns a lot of oil, always have to carry a 4L jug with me.

Needed a new Battery.

Passenger side seatbelt won't go up.

Moisture gets into the headlights.

General Comments:

Bought this car for a winter car (I drive a convertible in summer) and it has done the job good.

Not much power to these little cars, so don't expect to win many races.

Does like to burn a lot of oil, which is somewhat normal for a car over 13 years old.

Body is still pretty good, only a few minor rust patches, engine runs good.

Always starts in the cold weather.

Gets great gas mileage, and heater does not take long to get going, which I love considering this is my winter car.

Buy it to get from point a to b, not to race or "do-up"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd April, 2004

13th Dec 2011, 13:03

Sounds okay, but that oil burning is way too much. Something was wrong, the PCV is stuck, or the rings have excessive blow-by.

1989 Ford Escort LX 1.9 Liter from North America


Good deal for the money


When I first got the car, the water pump was noisy when the rpm's were high and I can live with it and it doesn't leak so I still haven't got it replaced.

There is a leak in the window seal that gets the passenger seat wet when it rains.

The parking break stopped working at 70,000 miles after being used for 11 years. That is understandable.

The transmission could shift smoother.

Engine could be quieter.

Odometer only has 5 digits and after 100,000 miles it doesn't show the correct mileage.

General Comments:

The seats are small, but comfortable enough for me, and the interior is a little too simple, but everything is easy to use.

For a small car, I was surprised on how well it handles well in snow and is durable enough to handle the narrow bumpy back roads.

The engine starts right up in cold weather and the heater always is warm after about 3 or 4 minutes.

The gas mileage is incredible! I almost get 30 miles to the gallon!

The air conditioner is always cold and lasted a long time (replaced in year 2000)

Speed control always keeps the set speed.

Transmission is good for 35 MPH and up, but gets confused and under that speed.

There are too many exposed screw ends and the automatic seatbelt are a hassle and are too loud.

No leaks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2003

1989 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America


A Good First Car


Muffler rotted off.

Bearings and tie rods broke (this caused me to total the car ultimately).

Power steering belt failed.

The door would open whenever I rolled down the driver's side mirror.

Driver's side door broke, and would not open from the outside.

Battery went dead, had to replace.

General Comments:

Car accelerates quickly.

It is very dependable, starts every time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2003