I bought this vehicle a long time ago, but when I found this site I wanted to warn people of this horrible vehicle.
I bought the car BRAND NEW from the Ford dealership in my town. When I ordered the first one, there was a chip in the paint, so I asked the dealership to touch it up. When I came back the next day, there was paint EVERYWHERE. On the windows, hubcaps, lights, mirrors, everything, covered in black paint speckles. So I ordered ANOTHER one that the dealer paid for because of their horrid paint touch-up on the last one.
When that one I arrived, I signed the paperwork and drove off the lot. About 8 miles down the road, my "CHECK ENGINE" light came on, so I turned around to head back to the dealer.
As I drove back, it began to jerk and lurch, and then it finally died directly in front of a Honda dealership. The Honda dealership offered to give me a FREE tow back to the Ford dealership. They didn't even hint towards me buying a car from them. But I told them that I'd like to make a trade-in. So the salesman helped me push my shiny new Ford into the lot where I preceded to buy a used Honda Civic.
You can choose to believe this or not, but IT DID happen. When I purchased my Escort I thought I was getting a reliable, safe vehicle that would be suitable for me and my (then) unborn son. But boy was I wrong. I'm just glad it did break-down when and where it did, and not when my son was in the car with me.