Great economical to and from work transportation
Timing Belt 80,000 miles. I was way over the service interval. Engine is non-interference type which means I didn't damage the valve train. The belt was $15, two guys got it on in about an hour.
Other than that, the ignition switch did something strange that was replaced under warranty very early on, all other things have been routine, plugs, tires, oil, air filters, and battery.
We bought this Escort because we had one previously that WOULD NOT DIE, it's a decision we have never regretted.
They are not exciting cars, but mine has been very dependable. Interestingly, I've considered trading for a later model, but the ones I've seen were in bad shape mechanically and cosmetically. Although mine thrives on neglect, and I feel I drive it like a maniac, I think people push these cars way too hard, and that's what causes the disappointment some have expressed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th June, 2002