1998 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0 Gasoline from North America


A good car that handles well on tight turns


Rear seat ripped along the seam.

Steering wheel sometimes squeaks when turning, but no one could find the problem, more annoying then anything else.

General Comments:

It was a really good car and handled well on back roads.

The cabin was a little small for me, but I am a tall person.

I would recommend this car for anyone that wants a car that handles well and is cheap to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2003

6th Feb 2006, 00:00

There is a problem with the bearing in the steering columb. take off the covering and grease em = no more noise.

1998 Ford Escort Osprey 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Cheap to run workhorse


Thermostat failed after 2000 miles (at 32,000 total miles) and thus was replaced.

Rear windscreen brake light began to let water through.

Parcel shelf suspenders snapped a few days after the car was purchased.

General Comments:

A respectable looking car from the outside; when issued with the standard boot spoiler.

A smart looking interior, although it is incredibly uncomfortable.

Fuel efficiency is impressive, especially during a cruise on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2003

1998 Ford Escort 2.0 VCT ztec supercharged from North America


Any civic Si smoker


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

I love the ford escort zx2

It defenantlly blows away any Honda civic

It pushes about 210- 230 hp with the supercharger

Without the supercharger it pushes about 150 -170 hp

There is no question about that info because I had a hp calculator in my car and it tels you all you want to know

You just have to put a performance motor kit into it and you will be stronger for 30 - 40 hp.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0 from North America


A good car for the money


Had to replace CV-Joins, however, it was probably due to my fault. I've hit a huge bump once with both front wheels.

General Comments:

A great car for the money.

A car for a student in high school all the way to the collage level. Probably not very good car as a family vehicle.

A bit slow up the hill in the summer with the A/C on.

Good gas economy.

Recommend to change the spark plugs. Stack ones are not very good. At 50,000 the gap was about 2mm. After I put 4 tip bosh spark plugs it made a world of difference in speed/power/gas economy/and engine vibrations.

At 50,000 replaced the serpentine belt, probably a usual maintenance item.

The road noise did transfer to the cabin.

Tires expensive and difficult to find. However, you can go with different kind then recommended by Ford. I've seen many people do it and the the car drove fine.

With the fold-down rear-seat it's capacity was quite amazing. Enough room for two snowboards and load of stuff. I took this little car up and down the East Cost and it did very well.

Handles great in the traffic.

Probably stick-shift transmission would be best fitted for this car.

However, typical engineering by Ford, many things could be improved with little effort from the company. On the other hand, I got the car on it's first year of production in US, so can't complain too much. ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

1998 Ford Escort Ghia 3D 1.6i from Finland


Too small to be quite comfortable, but good value for money


The steering wheel occasionally makes a strange sound when turned. I think it has something to do with the speedometer wires.

At wintertime the central locking may lock the doors by itself. This happened once in my old Escort, and has happened once in my current one. Last time I got locked outside while car running. Never get out of the car while motor running when cold.

The Ghia dash looks ugly and has started whining.

Otherwise it seems the latest Escorts are very well made, no serious faults.

General Comments:

The engine is quite thirsty, generally 7,8 - 8 l/100km. My wife's Vento runs for almost a liter less.

The car is very good to handle at winter, it runs like on rails on a snowy or slippery road at high speed (compared to other cars on a snowy or slippery road). In normal conditions I would say it has a typical small car feeling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2003