Since I have only owned the car for almost one week (as of this exact moment), here's a list of things I know I need to fix on it:
The transmission slips, either I need a new one or it just needs some transmission fluid, still runs, but very hesitant.
Has some rust on the tire wells in the back. Since I took an auto body course, this should not be a problem to fix on my own.
Windows roll down easily, but rolling them up takes both hands.
I had been looking for an Escort GT for a while, and I found this one at a place in my city, for $695...I thought, "Not bad, but still too much for me". A few weeks later, saw it for $295, and was driving it off the lot a few days later.
Bottom line, like a lot of the Escort GT reviews on here: the car has some serious pep to it, and I find myself being thrown back in the seat sometimes. As I pull up to red lights next to little 1.6L Honda Civics with their $5 Wal-Mart Exhaust, their multi-colored body kits, and their absolutely rediculous-looking Airliner spoilers (the big metal ones that look like Erector sets), I smile to myself knowing that they'll be a spec in my mirror in a few seconds.
This car, aside from the rust on the tire wells, and the slipping transmission, is probably one of the, if not THE nicest one I've owned. I was told that it wouldn't take much to turn into a Manual transmission, since there's a mounting bracket for a clutch pedal, and a drilled hole for the clutch cable. Very sweet!
I love the power sliding sunroof, the air conditioning and the cruise control that make this the loaded car it is.
To think, at one point I thought my mom's 1995 Chevy Cavalier, with a 120HP 2.2L was quick. I could annihilate it with my EGT.
People seriously think that all the sporty compact to Mid-sized cars are found in the import market. It's time that Escorts get the respect they deserve. How many aftermarket parts can you find for a Honda Civic? Too many low quality cheap parts to count. How many for an Escort GT? Very few, but that's okay because it means that once they are found, you have a custom domestic Honda-Killer that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to maintain!
Rock on Ford! Rock on!