A good value
I love my old escort. I bought it sophomore year in college, and it is still serving me well. I went to school about 1200 miles away from home, and every summer and fall, I had traveled back and forth with it with no problems.
The only semi-serious repair I had to do was replace the alternator. The exhaust pipe broke a couple times, but that was mainly my fault... driving fast on speed bumps. I just had it welded for $40, and it works just fine.
It gets incredible gas mileage (in the lower 30's) and it is also a pretty cheap car to acquire.
I like this car a lot and I think it will make a great first car, especially to students who don't have a lot to spend and want a reliable car. I speak for the 1.9L engine manual transmission wagon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th June, 2007