Very reliable car with a minimum of problems
I had the usual Escort problems. The check engine light came on at about 25,000 miles and stayed on till I traded it at 127,000 miles.
The airbag warning light and beeper went nuts from time to time and the car was recalled for failing airbag deployment.
Also, I had an interesting problem with my Escort. Every October, I would have trouble starting it. It always ended up starting but sometimes it took a few tries. This only happened in October, mind you. The mechanic said it was the automatic choke but whatever it was, it was only a problem in October.
The timing belt broke at about 97,000 miles, which isn't bad because they're supposed to be good for about 75,000.
The right front brake caliper warped twice for unknown reasons. No one could figure this out.
One thing I hated about the car is that the interior is so incredibly cheap looking! But, it is an economy car.
Also, with 88 horsepower, the Escort has, I think the lowest available horsepower of any car. This is a car for those of you who are prone to speeding tickets :)
Overall, I loved my Escort and hated to let it go. But, the mileage was getting on up there with quite a bit left on the loan for it so I had to trade. By the way, Escorts also have practically the lowest trade value ever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2002