This car does what it is designed to do very well
Rear coil springs broke (common Escort problem).
Balancer pulley (belt pulley on crankshaft) broke.
Two tie rods needed replacing.
Rear hatch handle broke.
My Escort is a station wagon. It has excellent cargo capacity with the seats folded down.
Interior comfort is OK. Seats are OK, not great. Legroom for rear passengers is very limited.
Not a driver's car. Acceleration is adequate at best. Cornering is very poor, significant body roll. In fairness, it is not made to drive like a sports car.
Great gas mileage. 33 MPG highway with an automatic transmission.
Generally very reliable, except for a few chronic Escort problems: rear coil springs (fairly expensive to fix) and tie rods (not too bad). Balancer pulley giving out was an unwelcome surprise.
If you have specific questions about this car, email me at sluggo413 "at" yahoo.com and I will help out if I can.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2004