1995 Ford Escort Mistral 1.4L from UK and Ireland


Basic economical down to earth family car


Headlamps Broke after 38000

Locks Had to be replaced just before I got rid of it.

General Comments:

A brilliant car for its price, it lasts for ages and if I hadnt have got rid of it, It would still be going now. The cabin is fairly basic, however its has a nifty cd player and tape radio. the seat fabric was very comfortable and hard wearing, but the plastics felt cheap and tacky, and parts started to fall off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2004

1995 Ford Escort LX Wagon 1.9 from North America


A utilitarian people mover


The suspension of the Ford Escort has required maintenance in the past three years. I needed to replace the front and rear coils and struts. The right inner/outer tie-rods were replaced. Recently, I needed to replace the left wheel bearing and have an extension outer tie-rod fitted. I probably should also have new camber bolts fitted as well as the steering still pulls a little.

I have also worked on the brakes. I have replaced the rotors twice. Around 120,000 miles, I needed to replace the front brake calipers.

Other items that I have replaced or repaired include the thermostat, permanent crankcase ventilation valve (PCV), timing belt, fuel filter, and left front passenger speaker wiring.

The exhaust system has leaks and has light to medium rust on it. Part of the three way catalytic converter is corroded. The flexible pipe as also disintegrating.

The windshield is heavily pitted and probably should have been replaced years ago. However, it has never been broken from flying debris and rocks.

There is also a strange smell coming the the heater. I am not sure if this is burning plastic or maybe exhaust.

Last, the radiator sprung a small leak recently.

The automatic transmission also leaks a little (more of an ooze), and is occasionally "quirky"

All of the problems listed above occurred after 125,000 miles. The most recent problems the exhaust and steering occurred after 155,000 miles, and the radiator after 168,000 miles.

General Comments:

Despite the above comments, I have been very satisfied with my Ford Escort Wagon. The car, contrary to other opinions, is a generally reliable vehicle if well-maintained. When I purchased the vehicle I fully expected that parts such as the exhaust and suspension would deteriorate after 100,000 miles and they did. However, the vehicle has performed up to its designers expectation and mine for a vehicle in its price range.

The car is very utilitarian and fuel efficient. It is not a pocket-rocket, but I would consider purchasing a late model to replace it as they reliable, easy to repair, and parts are a dime a dozen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2003

1995 Ford Escort LX 1.9 Gas from North America


A nightmare!


The following things happened within a period of 7 months:

Front end alignment got messed up - steering wheel had to be turned 30 degrees left for the car to drive straight. Had to replace the inner tie rod end/tie rod shoe and do a front end alignment.

A/C stopped working - the repair estimates I got from different mechanics ranged from $400 to $500 Canadian. Well, I guess I don't have A/C anymore...

Driver side door lock jammed. The lock assembly can be only purchased from a Ford dealer, and it costs $200 plus labour. That's OK, I can live without it...

And then it got really bad - the water pump has developed a leak that I didn't notice in time. As a result, the timing belt got soaked and snapped when I was on the highway in the middle of nowhere. $500+ in repairs and towing.

After that I started to get the transmission problems - sometimes it was really hard to shift into first, second and reverse gears.

Paint had started to peel off everywhere, but that's a typical Ford problem.

Ford factory CD player wouldn't eject the CD - I had to pry it out.

The car was really hard to start, especially in cold/hot weather.

And did I mention the small stuff? Like engine slowly leaking oil and coolant, passenger side door not closing properly (I had to slam it really hard. And I mean REALLY), allow wheels oxidizing to hell and clutch pedal not always going in all the way.

Finally, I found out that my rear struts were leaking and the springs were broken, strut mounts were no good, plus the flex pipe in the exhaust system had to be replaced. And the rear brakes were worn. A total of $1400+ to fix.

General Comments:

This car is just a maintenance disaster! Mechanics use Ford instead of the word crap because it breaks down so easily and is so damn expensive to fix.

It turns out that Ford parts are _super_ expensive! Escort's probably more expensive to fix than a 80's BMW. My mother has spent less money in repairs on her 1991 Acura Integra in 3 years than I did on my Ford in 7 months.

I ended up selling the car after seven months with a lot of new parts for less that half the price I paid for it, and I was darn happy to get rid of it.

Apart from having poor mechanical quality, this car has abysmal performance and handling is by far worse than average. Makes Civic EX feel like a sports car. Insurance costs are pretty high, too.

So, if you're looking for a cheap, high-quality used car, do yourself a favour and buy a Civic or a Corolla. They will end up being much cheaper than Ford Escort crap.

Now I have a brand anti-loyalty of sorts - I will NEVER EVER buy another Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th October, 2003

29th Jul 2004, 10:17

I bought my 1995 Escort Wagon 3 years ago for $1,500.

It now has 160,000 miles on it.

I replaced the front (with mounts) and rear struts (with springs). $700.

Replaced brake pads. $25.

Got an alignment for life (Firestone). $150.

Optima battery. $125.

Basically $1,000 in repairs in 3 years.

Not bad.

This car will never die!