1998 Ford Escort SE 2.0 from North America
Ford Escort = Cheap and Crappy
Struts were bad when I bought the car. I have yet to replace them.
I performed a complete tune-up at 105000.
I flushed the transmission fluid at 105000.
Drivers side caliper seized up at 110000.
Thermostat went out at 115000. I replaced the upper and lower radiator hoses, thermostat, timing belt and water pump as preventative maintenance. I did it myself so it only cost $300 total instead of $1000 at a garage.
Pre-cat oxygen sensor went out at 118000.
My #1 cylinder has fouled out a spark plug, but I have yet to determine the cause.
I used to have a 93 Honda Civic lx 5spd that would get better than 40 mpg MIXED DRIVING CITY AND HIGHWAY. That was a tough act to follow. My Escort barely holds a candle to that miser. She would be a great car if little things didn't keep going wrong. I understand that brakes and thermostats and oxygen sensors are all so common that they can be considered general maintenance, however the fact that they are all breaking on me within a short time makes me question my car's overall reliability. I love the gas mileage. I can get 30-40 on the highway and 20-30 city. The seats are not comfortable at all after more than 2 hours of constant driving. Everything feels cheaply made and paper thin. I'm afraid to drive it hard because it doesn't have the solid feel of some more expensive compact cars. I would seriously have to think long and hard before purchasing another Ford product. I love working on my car, but should I have to be in the garage every other week for something stupid?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th October, 2006
9th Jan 2007, 19:19
Uh, Hello... the car had over 100k on it when you bought it. It is probable that the previous owner neglected the maintenance on this car.
5th Dec 2007, 14:24
Or simply that is is an American economy car with over 100k miles on it. These Escorts have a general reputation for being quite reliable and long lasting. Just look at the reviews. The ZX2 is another story.
26th Apr 2008, 00:38
It also sounds like poor part quality, try premium parts and maybe you won't have to replace them all the time.
28th Jul 2009, 00:43
It's a used car, chances are the previous owner didn't take good care of it. Also, if things keep breaking that much, it might be a good idea to take it to a mechanic, even if you will have to spend a little bit more. It'll save you money in the long run.
30th Aug 2010, 23:50
Try a model from 1995/1996. I had one that lasted 238,000 miles. A bearing went bad in the engine and I decided to junk it after getting so much use. I acquired the little grocery getter at around 158,000.
Oh yeah, it died due to moving to a mountain area with a constant elevation of around 7,500 feet. Mountain passes...