1999 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0 from North America
Indestructible if taken care of regularly
Replaced over the years:
Timing belt, alternator, starter, front struts, ball joint, a few batteries, both bumpers, hood and trunk.
Bought this car 10 years ago as a starter for my daughter back in L.A.
She got in a pretty bad accident after few months and the insurance company fixed the bumpers, hood and trunk. We moved to Denver Colorado after two years and she kept driving it for another three years till her husband was rear ended on I-25 and the car was totaled. I replaced myself the rear bumper and trunk, got it painted and gave it to my younger daughter who had just started driving at that time. After few months she burned the tranny and I decided to get back the car, fix it and keep it for myself.
Last summer I replaced the original front shocks, ball joint tie rods ends, fix the leaking oil pan, water pump, head cover gasket, and probably I spent around 350-400 on parts doing the labor myself. Despite all these problems, the car always started and never got my kids or me stranded.
Not the cutest or most comfy, but reliable and easy to work on at low expenses.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th February, 2016