1997 Ford Escort 2.0 from North America


Reliable and affordable


In the 4 years I have owned my Escort, I have only had to replace the alternator.

General Comments:

I always get about 31 miles per gallon of gas.

The only repairs I have had to make were from ordinary wear, like new brakes and a battery.

Would highly recommend this car for those who need reliable transportation that looks good without lots of expensive bells and whistles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2005

1997 Ford Escort duet 1.3 from UK and Ireland


Good if you like cheap motoring, otherwise avoid!


The rear view mirror constantly fell off. In the end I simply did not bother to stick it back up.

The drivers seat fold down cable broke. I did not fix it as I never used it.

The rear lights kept on failing due to moisture on the boot electrical connection plates. Kept at bay with WD40.

After driving in the wet it would often stall when waiting at lights or junctions and sometimes would not start due to damp getting in the ignition parts. This was treated 12 times by a main ford dealer and never cured.

General Comments:

God I hated this car! This car was so basic I am surprised they even bothered to fit seats!

A horrid thing to drive with no power steering or ABS, on a 1997 car!

Infact the only good thing I will say about it is that it was very economical and it kept me dry in the rain... If it started!

It would be a good first buy if you are new to motoring, but to be honest you would be better off buying a Clio or similar instead of this rubbish!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th January, 2005

7th Dec 2005, 19:36

I'm just curious to know why you didn't test drive it before buying.

1997 Ford Escort LX 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Escorts are under rated!!!


Nearside front wishbone bush replaced when bought.

Two new front tyres.

General Comments:

I was concerned when I sold my great little MX5 that the escort would feel dull. However it drives just as well as the sports car!

Have added performance exhaust and induction kit - Car now feels tweekier and growls a bit more!!!

Personally I think it handels nice and sharply - A great car for minimal costs!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2004

1997 Ford Escort Encore 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Good value so far..


The car jerks forward sometimes at low speeds, as though its in the wrong gear (but its not becasue its automatic!). Sometimes it seems it is about to stall when slowing down to a halt, although it doesn't actually stall. Can't seem to do anything about this.

General Comments:

The car is quite spacious for front and rear passengers. My 6'2 brother can sit comfortably in it.

Comfortable seats front and rear.

Versatile load/passenger carrier with 60/40 split folding rear seat.

Good looking car, clean lines, paintwork still very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2004

1997 Ford Escort LX 2.0 Liter, 4 Cylinder from North America


A good value used (under $3000) that should last as long as any higher priced US car out there


Replaced brakes 2x in 2 years.

Light on shifter is out.

Computer problem caused Check Engine Light to come on when there was no problem.

3rd cylinder spark plug and coil went bad @ 79,000mi.

General Comments:

For it's size and engine, this car is very quick and zippy. It can keep up with most V6's off the line and has no problem coming up to speed. It blows away newer Caveliers that I have driven.

The drawback with this car is that it is nothing special inside. If anything, parts of the interior are annoying. I bought this car used with a cassette player, and due to the oddly shaped console, I can never have an after market cd player installed. Also, the back seat is rather small for most adults. You can only really fit 2 people comfortably, and the only way you will get 5 college kids in it comfortably, is if they just happen to be midgets.

Overall the car is worth the money. It's not going to impress anyone with it's looks (although the contours of it are NOT ugly at all), but most passangers will be suppried at its pickup and quickness. If you just need something dependable (have only put about $300 into the car due to problems) modern, and yet quick at the same time, this is a good bet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2004