1995 Ford Escort LX 1.9 from North America
A waste of money
1) Timing belt went at around 85,000
2) Check coolant light malfunctioned
3) Gas Gage sensor malfunctioned
4) Catalytic Converter heat shield fell off at around 15000, then again at 90000
5) A random clanking noise coming from the driver side front tire. Ford Dealership couldn't figure out what it was coming from.
6) The trunk of my hatchback leaked after 1,000 miles. Ford "fixed" it, which lasted until the next time it rained. When I went back to get it looked at for the 2nd time, they said that that was all they could do. They then suggested that I drill holes in the bottom of the wheel well and 2 other places.
Essentially, the only good thing that I have to say about this car is that within about a minute of starting up, both the heat and the air conditioning come up fast enough to the point where its effecting the temperature in the car.
As someone who is over 6 feet tall, there is definitely not enough legroom for anyone who is over about 5 foot 7 inches tall. Including if the seat is pushed all the way back and tilted generously.
The speakers for the stereo sounded OK for about a week.
I've heard a few people talking about how they've owned older models of the escort, and saying how happy they were with it and how many miles they've put on it. If this is true then ford must have thrown their standards out the window when they made the 1995 LX model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd January, 2003
3rd Jan 2003, 15:53
I'd recommend getting the '97 or newer Escort or Tracer.. that was the last Escort design before they stopped making them in 2001. We use them in the rental fleet at my work and they're very reliable cars. They're so solid that some have over 120,000 miles on them and we STILL rent them out to people, confident that we'll have no breakdowns ;)
12th Jul 2011, 08:11
Timing belt is a MAINTENANCE item...
Heat shields... pretty minor.