1993 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America
The best car I've ever had or know of; very reliable
Driver's seat belt wore out.
Transmission was replaced, but only after teaching (5) five teenagers how to drive a manual.
A wonder car that I have used hard as a work truck. She still continues to go on strong. But not the most smooth ride; you do feel all the potholes in the roads, even the very small ones.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd January, 2011
In 1993 a handicapped friend asked my advice in buying a reliable new car. He had had very bad experience with his Japanese import. Due to his handicap, it was imperative that he have a very dependable car. I recommended the Escort based on our flawless experience with Ford (over 300,000 miles out of one with virtually no engine or transmission problems). He bought the Escort, and drove it for 8 totally trouble free years until it was totalled in 2001. It was a very reliable car. To replace it, I recommended either the Escort ZX-2 or a Dodge Neon. He opted for the Neon, and it has also been totally flawless thus far. I still think he should have bought another Escort, however.
Totally agree, mine has stayed with my family since 97, and it's still fun to drive, very cheap to repair and has a strong engine. It doesn't feel like a 88 HP engine!