1998 Ford Escort LX 2.0L from North America
Good car, for the price. Nothing fancy, but didn't expect it to be
For state inspection, after purchase, it needed:
Brake pads and rotors, all the way around.
Front and rear sway bars.
A tie rod.
My girlfriend bought this car at an auction for Verizon fleet vehicles, for $600.00. The repairs listed above were around $600.00.
We just came back (to Pennsylvania) from North Carolina, in the Escort, and I have to say that, apart from the unrefined engine (it shudders at idle, and isn't the quickest thing off the mark), I was impressed with the way it handled and that it wasn't uncomfortable (it isn't a Cadillac, so I didn't expect anything plush).
For an old fleet car, it isn't fancy (crank windows, no cruise control, etc.), but it did get an average of 30 MPG (at mostly 70-75 mph... gotta love those Southern speed limits).
Her other car is an '04 Miata, mine is an '03 Celica, and the Escort, obviously, has more room than either of those... I'll try to keep a commentary going, from time to time, on how the Escort does. So far, we're both pleased.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th August, 2012
24th Aug 2015, 12:16
Well, it's 2015 and we let the Escort go. Can't really complain about the vehicle, it was used mostly for short trips, grocery runs, back and forth to work, etc. Unfortunately, the lack of constant use is what did her in. At the last inspection, it was going to need a complete exhaust system, rotors and pads in the front and, because of lack of use, the emergency brake cable rusted into inoperability. All in all, the total bill would have been close to $1000.00. As the car (according to the Blue Book), was only worth about that, my girlfriend decided to sell it, for $300.00. Not bad, I suppose, when she only paid $600.00 for it. Not a fancy car, but with consistent oil changes and basic maintenance, it did what it was bought to do and now can soldier on for someone else.