1997 Ford Escort LX Wagon 2.0 SPI from North America
Good car if you know how to properly care for it
EGR valve the day I bought it at a used dealer, kicked the check engine light on as I drove off the lot!!!
Hoses hoses hoses... Replace all your vacuum lines and PCV valve... this will help the car greatly and cost was less than 20 dollars.
Water pump and timing belt need to be replaced.
The wheel bearings and lower ball joints, struts, strut mounts and springs need replacement.
The bulbs for all the lights burns out easily, but replaced all of them for under 20 dollars...
What it comes down to is this... all cars need TLC or they die. This thing runs like a champ. It just needs the normal wear and tear stuff to be replaced.
The glass from the factory sucks. The windshield is horrible, but my insurance replaces glass for free, so I will get that done soon.
Seats could be a little more comfortable for longer trips, but nothing I can't change in the near future anyway.
Only getting 28 mpg around town as I have to fix the above mentioned stuff, and I imagine I will be in the 30+ mpg realm shortly.
I figure about 600 dollars total for all above issues and some of my weekend time to fix myself, the car will be like new again.
Easy to work on, relatively cheap to buy parts... no brain-er. A to B transportation is why I bought it, and that is what I get out of it...
Owned it 2 weeks now and put 1000 miles on it... That says enough right there.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd October, 2009