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1995 Ford Escort LX Sport 1.9 SEFI 8-valve SOHC from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.9 SEFI 8-valve SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32287 miles
Most recent distance141980 miles

Summary:

Definitely buy it if you have the opportunity

Faults:

- Neither one of my passive restraints work any more (Driver: 2009, Passenger: October 2011).

- Replaced a timing belt at 98,000 miles.

- Replaced a vacuum hose at 137,000 miles.

General Comments:

I have loved everything about owning this Escort. I love the sporty look, and how reliable it has been. It has been one of the cheapest cars to maintain I have ever encountered.

It handles awesome, and is very responsive and lets the driver know what is going on. I still drive it everyday, and reliability has been great through snow, wind, rain, and sunshine.

I have always had a love for Escorts, and I would buy another one in a heartbeat. My only complaint is the passive restraints quit working.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2012

1995 Ford Escort LX 1.9L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.9L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance276000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Cheap to just go until it dies, little problems piling up that cost more than buying another car

Faults:

About a month after I got it, the shifting light went out, and shortly after that, the temperature gauge stopped working.

The shocks and struts were almost shot when I bought it, but I started having to drop to 5 km/hr to go over any sort of speed bump at about 200,000 kms.

The muffler started to come apart at 210,000, and when my uncle fixed it, he had to patch a hole where the exhaust was escaping below my engine.

The upholstery on the driver's side came apart easily, at about 200,000 kms.

The reverse started making noises and "chugging" at 220,000.

Fifth gear stopped working at 224,000 kms, and when I tried to get an estimate of repair costs, they wanted several hundred, and thought they might have to replace the transmission. I decided to just keep driving it.

Most recently has no power - I can barely hit 80 km/hr on the highway. Also, the bright headlights don't work unless I turn them off and on a few times - there's some sort of wiring glitch. The speedometer lights haven't worked since 240,000 kms, and the heater makes a clunking noise on the passenger side.

The furthest right spark plug falls out on a regular basis, and it's not just me putting it in wrong - I've had a mechanic tighten it twice now.

General Comments:

I bought this car at a used car dealership for $2,000, and they took my (free) '90 Dodge Caravan that barely ran for a $500 trade, bringing the total down to $1500. I've never put any money into the car aside from regular maintenance I've done myself, as I knew from the beginning I'd be running it into the ground. It's been the cheapest car ever - cheap to insure, cheap on gas, (500 km/tank before 225,000 kms, and now, with all her issues, about 370 km/tank.)

That said, if I was to have it fixed every time something new on it went, I'd be furious, broke, and probably feel pretty screwed over.

Overall, however, I've loved my purple car. She's been good to me, always gotten me where I needed to go, and handles very well. She doesn't have a lot of get-up-n'-go, and never really has, but again, for what I paid for her, she's been a dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2011

1995 Ford Escort LX 1.9L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.9L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 kilometres
Most recent distance218500 kilometres

Summary:

Great for my needs in a car

Faults:

Have had to have transmission flywheel replaced.

Struts replaced.

The airbag monitor needs replacing.

General Comments:

I love this car. My previous Ford was an old Fiesta; loved it too. Any Ford I have had has worked out great for me, and up until now, I have had very few problems with it other than those via mechanical wear.

I maintain scheduled oil changes, and my mechanic is very impressed with the sound of its engine.

When considering the age of the car, 218k is not really a lot of mileage; about 14600 per year. The avg mileage I've run on it has been slightly higher at 18K/year, which still isn't a lot.

It's a great car for getting me around the city.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2010

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 100 reviews