1997 Ford Escort Reviews - Page 2 of 18

1997 Ford Escort LX 2.0 SPI from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 SPI Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 kilometres
Most recent distance193000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Good value for your money

Faults:

Thermostat, alternator.

General Comments:

This is my second Ford Escort. I bought this car in 2010 for my wife to learn to drive with. The car has been great value for the money, and has only needed some minor repairs.

Acceleration is acceptable, considering it's not the cars' highest attribute. Gas mileage and reliability would be the vehicle's highest attributes.

It handles pretty good too, due to its low ground clearance, but when there is lots of snow outside, this car is practically useless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2011

1997 Ford Escort LX 2.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles

Summary:

Good car for budget minded folks, but would definitely get a later model if available

Faults:

Blown head gasket about 10k after original purchase.

Transmission began to start slipping on 3rd gear at 92000 miles.

Vacuum leak that kept recurring even after fix.

Previous owner had an aftermarket alarm system installed in the vehicle that was not uninstalled correctly prior to my purchase of the vehicle, leading to a myriad of electrical problems that would leave the car sometimes immobilized.

General Comments:

Seeing as it was a first year model, I wasn't that surprised at some of the problems, especially since the previous owner did a shoddy job at installing the alarm system.

Operating costs is GREAT for this vehicle. 22 bucks will fill up the tank, and I usually can ride on that for about a week and a half to two weeks. Parts are cheap, and fixing this car (if you're mechanically inclined) is easy. I would recommend checking out the transmissions on these vehicles before purchase, as they are ridiculously fragile, even though it compliments the engine well, and gives the car a lot of pep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2010

1997 Ford Escort LX 2.0 spi SOHC from Costa Rica

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 spi SOHC Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance174000 miles
Previous carGMC Yukon

Summary:

Reliable if it has low mileage

Faults:

Gas tank leak, alternator, suspension parts, engine blew a piston, synchros on 2nd gear, muffler, and more I can't remember.

General Comments:

This car is known for being reliable, but I bought mine in poor condition and with high mileage. I drove it as such for 2 years, and just finally rebuilt the entire car. Here in Costa Rica, car's are very expensive, and it is worth repairing a motor and transmission instead of buying a new car. I also had the bumpers painted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2010

1997 Ford Escort LX Sport Gas from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission Gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance123000 miles
Previous carToyota Isuzu

Summary:

Just like a newer version of the Ford Model T... reliable!

Faults:

Nothing... literally not a thing!

General Comments:

Cheapest cost to own car ever made! Routine maintenance, brakes, tire, oil, etc. Never broke down or had an issue. Paid $9997.00 brand new on sale.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2010

1997 Ford Escort GTi 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired115756 miles
Most recent distance116543 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Good car, will keep it for a long time

Faults:

Rear brake cylinders, both sides.

Interior lights for the heat don't turn on unless I hit it, and can't switch the front demister on; something wrong with the cable that runs to the dial.

Rust on the back arches, both sides.

General Comments:

The car is nippy, but not break neck quick. Handles nicely but has been lowered 40mm all round.

This is my first car, I'm 18, and it was a nightmare to insure, but all is good now.

I did a 0-60 run in it. My friend was in the passenger seat, and said it was around the late 7, nearly 8; about 7.9 seconds, and did do a ton 30 down a slight hill. I know it's only got a 115bhp, but it does do 130. I know because it's the fastest I've ever driven in a car, and I made a mess of my trousers LOL.

The Saxo and Escort thing is doing my head in. Saxo VTR is slower than a GTi, Saxo VTS faster than a GTi, end of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2010

1997 Ford Escort Ghia x 1.8 zetec petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 zetec petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired185000 miles
Most recent distance185330 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

A well loved car and always reliable

Faults:

Bought as spares or repairs.

Interior lights didn't work (fuse now sorted).

Creaking from the steering rack (rack gaitor renewed & greased so now no longer creaks).

One side of the car lights didn't work on the outer (fuse).

Revs dropped and went up constantly (idle control valve and mass air flow sensor both changed now fixed).

Car juddered constantly when driving. This was due to the car really needing servicing and the mass air flow sensor changing. Now drives brilliantly.

General Comments:

A really nice car. This one had leather seats, electric drivers seat, air con, full service history, 6 CD changer everything!

It had 185,000 miles and never even smoked or used oil.

Buy a good one with low mileage and service history.

These engines can hit 300,000 if looked after!

This had the same engine as the GTI and the si (115 BHP)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2010

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 76 reviews