1999 Ford Escort Wagon from North America
Good car that served me well for five years
Total maintenance spending over five years: $3,363.
Two tie rod ends ($245)
New head ($835)
Rear spring ($167)
New brakes, tie rod ($358)
New wiring harness in lift gate ($360)
New tires ($290)
New coil ($150)
Wheel alignment ($40)
Sway bar, fuel injector ($215)
New alternator ($225)
New tires ($184)
New battery ($75)
Overall, I have been pleased with this car. Only maintenance expenses I might fault Ford on are head gasket and wiring harness for lift gate.
Gas mileage averaged 35 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.
Rust started showing in 2008 and it is clearly advancing. Rocker panels each have a hole on the bottom from rust. Lift gate is rusting at the bottom. Window frame on driver's side has an ugly rust spot, and roof is rusting out where it meets the windshield.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th May, 2010