This Ford Escort is great value, cheap and reliable, with good handling and performance
150,000 km; Alternator.
180,000 km; Timing belt, battery.
250,000 km; Engine oil pan gasket, struts, wheel bearings, tie rod ends, ball joints.
300,000 km; Alternator, timing belt, battery.
The 91-96 Ford Escort is by far the most reliable lowest cost of ownership of any car I have ever owned. I commute and use my car at work, so I put in excess of 40000 km/year. I have owned 2 Escorts, a 91 and a 95; both were over 320,000 km each and were still going strong.
If you replace the timing belt and alternator every 150,000 km, you should be able to drive trouble free.
Parts are cheap and easy to change. Good handling, and performance, great fuel mileage, inexpensive for tires and repairs, highly reliable.
I have owned imports (BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi) and domestics (GM, Chrysler, Ford), and can say that this Escort is the most reliable and lowest cost to own over the life of the vehicle, and it is a long life.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2009