1995 Ford Escort LX wagon 1.9 from North America
Good cheap reliable transportation
The ignition key lock was sticking since we bought the car used. Finally this year it finally froze up. I replaced the igition switch $40 first because I could get to it easily. However the problem was definitely the key lock. This required pulling the steering wheel which broke on removal. I ended up getting a whole steering column from junk yard $45. Head leaked coolant at 90k and finally blew at 100k. A head bolt was broke off and causing the problem. Head wasnt warped, and repair easy. We still had over heating problems and the real cause was some kind of relay controlling the electric fan. Brake pedal has always had too much pedal travel.
This car rides very nice and handles well. It sits very low to the ground. Being a wagon it has come in handy many times hauling everything. For me the controls on the steering column are to close to the wheel and I'm forever turning something on when I round a corner.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th October, 2002
12th May 2003, 13:24
I agree that the '95 Escort is a cheap car to purchase, but the upkeep is killing me. I have made near-monthly trips to the mechanic since I acquired my Dad's station wagon last summer. They usually run about $200, but have gone as high as $680 when I had the timing replaced. I would not recommend the purchase of an Escort, especially if the mileage is high. I've heard from many other owners that they don't last much more than 115K anyway.