1998 Ford Escort SE SPORT 2.0 SOHC from North America


Never let me down


Power brake booster replaced. Inner & outer tie rods, driver side. Water in trunk. Bad headlight seals. water in headlights.

General Comments:

It's been reliable. Cheap on gas. Problems repaired under warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th August, 2004

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0 4 cylinder from North America


Good for commuting


The alternator went out at 70,000 miles. The Idler pulley died at 86,000 miles. The alternator went out at 120,000 miles. The timing belt and the idler pulley went out at 156000 miles. The hood opened while I was driving on the freeway and shattered my windshield.

General Comments:

This is a nice and reliable commuter car. I have driven roughly 130,000 miles on this Ford and have experienced relatively few problems.

Although the vehicle lacks creature comforts, all I've asked of it is to get me from point "A" to point "B". The engine is very weak and acceleration is practically non-existent.

Despite these flaws, the car is perfect for commuting with the high gas mileage and cheap replacement parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2004

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 from North America


A high insurance car for a low performance engine!


Well lets see the windsheild wipers never worked so I had to replace them.

The radiator went out.

The gage for my engine temperature was broken. So I had no idea the engine was hot because the radiator was out. So I had a blown head-gasket, and a cracked head, a broken temperature gage, and a messed up radiator.

A vacuum hose in the back of my engine likes to pop off every once and a while and make my engine light come on, but at least my check engine light still works!

General Comments:

I replace my engine with a 2000 Ford ZX2 sport engine. My car ran a lot faster. My acceleration was even better.

I added a K&N cold air intake, and gave it that nice rumble to the engine.

I added a 3 inch Magnaflow exhaust to add better airflow.

I lowered it 1.5 inches with Eibach lowering springs.

I put on 16 inch Enkei Rs6 aluminum race wheels with low profile Nittos.

I replace the factory radio and installed Pioneer stereo with two 12 inch Rockford Fosgates hitting off two 1200 watt Boss amps.

I add a new cat-back system.

I also installed Frogger Headers.

So after all this work this car is a beast and performs rather nicely if I must say. It handles a lot better when I lowered it.

The new Sparco racing seats are very comfortable and a bit more stylish.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th July, 2004

18th Mar 2005, 02:56

Very nice, good effort for an escort, they need it!

5th Jun 2006, 11:16

You have struck a point that few mention or even know about car insurance. If you buy a car that a LOT of people own, the insurance rate is going to be higher no matter where you live because the statistics on that make/model will show more accidents occurred. If you buy a non-sports car (sedan) that very few own, it is going to be cheaper to insure even if the sticker price was much higher and the engine is bigger. It is all about statistics and all the insurance companies share the same info data bases.

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0 from North America


Cheap fun


The left front wheel bearing went at around 55000 miles, along with the strut. Shortly thereafter, the right rear wheel bearing went as well.

Car had a problem with the mass airflow sensor that was never corrected, resulting in a periodic "bucking" whenever it coasted without your foot on the gas.

General Comments:

Was very cheap and fun. Mine was black with tinted windows, custom wheels, and it had an aftermarket intake and exhaust.

Had it up to 120 (sounded like I was inside a tornado, but hey, it did it).

Handled very well, and got around 27 mpg.

Engine is powerful and bulletproof.

Interior has held up well.


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2004