1998 Ford Escort Reviews - Page 28 of 28

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Sport 2.0 zetec from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 zetec
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Various rattles in dash at only 10,000 miles, sqeeking brakes at same miles, transmission searches for 1st gear after stopping and starting in traffic.

General Comments:

Excellent style and value, cramped interior.

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

Review Date: 23rd September, 1999

1998 Ford Escort Finesse 1.6 zetec from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 zetec
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10

Faults:

Rust in door pillars, around hinges and on edge of boot - not bad for 6 months old, imagine what it will be like when it's 2 years old. Come on Ford!

Dealers are great until they have your money, then wait forever, then go fix it yourself type attitude.

Still waiting to hear if they will fix my rust!

04/08/1999 Further to my rust in door pillars problem reported earlier.

FORD engineer has inspected the car. FORD have point blank refused to retify the rust. They say it is not their problem. I'm in appeal with them right now. This has been on going for months now.

General Comments:

Hope the Focus doesn't end up like this wonderful rot box.

In general good car, shame about the quality.

Finally Zetec's a great engine.

04/08/1999 Don't ever buy Escort.

Don't ever buy Ford.

The quality is crap.

Their warranty is crap.

Their help line is crap.

The whole experience of buying a new Ford is crap

I'm buying Japanese next.

To hell with Ford.

Q1 is a joke. You have been warned!

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

Review Date: 3rd June, 1999

14th Nov 2004, 07:15

Ford are crap. Rattle, grind, rust. Exceptionally poor quality across the entire range.

1998 Ford Escort GTi 1.8 16V from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 16V
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Not the best car in its class, but acceptable all-rounder for the price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 1999

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0 DOHC I-4 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC I-4
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

I have only had my car for seven months now, so there are no major problems to report. However, during the cold winter months the car made a little more noise than I feel comfortable with. Overall I have been very satisfied with my purchase. Ford has created a very quick and strongly built car. This was put to the test as I collided with another vehicle recently. The force of the impact was severe enough to dislodge the bumper of the other car. However, I just incurred superficial scratches.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 1999

1998 Ford Escort Ghia X 1.8 16v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

This car is a dream to drive. The steering is perfectly weighted and the car is very responsive 0-60 in 9.2sec. The engine has enough poke to get you out of trouble. Being a Ghia X it's got all the mod's and con's. The only drawback is the lack of remote central locking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Sport from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

I drive over 40 miles each way to work five days a week. I need front wheel drive and good gas mileage. This car provides both. I am extremely happy with the looks and performance of my car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 1998

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 128 reviews