1997 Ford Escort LX Wagon 2.0 from North America
Both lower ball joints needed instant replacement.
Exhaust from cat to muffler had to be replaced at 85k miles.
Brakes wear quickly.
Makes the most terrible noise driving over bumps. Not sure what it is, but it sounds like something's very loose. Please help me there, if you can.
Tires wear quick up front.
Back windshield wiper stopped working 2 days ago for some unknown reason.
Paint peels, even though I've had it professionally re-painted.
Had to replace all four struts with new quick struts.
I don't mind the car, even with the aforementioned problems listed. I've had 3 Ford Escorts in my short driving career, and the others were just terrible (95 wagon, and 99 sedan). This one seems to be somewhat reliable, but the problem is when I go over bumps at speed (50-65 mph), it makes a terrible clunking sound. Also when I'm going around 40 mph, the sound is VERY noticeable and doesn't go away until I increase my speed, which doesn't feel comforting.
Other than that, got it at a good price and have put in the necessary parts for replacement. Has anyone encountered this noise before?
Please help me!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2013
14th May 2013, 09:24
Your description of the noise is lacking specifics. Please go to http://www.fordforum.com/forum/ and post your question there.
14th May 2013, 10:34
The noise you are hearing is probably a CV joint. You said you replaced your struts, possibly a wheel bearing, or could be a motor mount. Do you have excessive vibrations when cold?