1999 Ford Escort 2.0 4 cylinder from North America


It's only a car good for a midget (no offence anyone)


Gee, where should I start?

Well when I first got the car, not yet paid for:

The starter (not covered by warranty).

The engine (covered by warranty).

The transmission (not covered by warranty).

The water pump (not covered).

The fuel pump (not covered).

The tie rods (not covered).

Front and rear brakes (not covered).

General Comments:

It's a piece of junk. No room at all. A car not meant for anyone over 4 feet tall (I'm 5'8 1/2). My Mother is 5'4 and she had a problem with her knees.

Whenever I ran the A/C, it just dragged. The little 2.0 4 cylinder engine had no power at all.

No power windows locks or anything special like that.

Ice or snow was a death trap.

Highway was out of the question, for it took forever to get to 60MPH.

I have driven a Geo that ran better than the Escort.

The MPG (miles per gallon); I have seen better in my 3.8 V6 van.

And not to mention the fact that my starter went out (dealership did fix), followed by my engine, transmission, water pump, fuel pump, tie rods (because of transmission), front and rear brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th September, 2008

23rd Feb 2009, 18:56

I'm 6'2" and have no problems with legroom or headroom.

Tie rods do not fail because of transmission. They fail when they're worn out, which is expected at that mileage.

24th Feb 2009, 11:37

I have a 1998 Ford Escort. I am 6' tall, and I have absolutely no problem with room. I also between 32-35mpg on the backroads. I have seen as high as 40-41 on the highway. Everybody keeps saying the 2.0l has no power. If you want to get power out of one, you need a 5spd. Also it sounds like the car was abused before you got it, or you do not know how to take care of one.

2nd Aug 2009, 02:37

I was the proud owner of a 1999 Ford Escort. I bought my Escort with 115,000 miles and three years later I have 170,000 miles. In the past three years I have replaced tires, front brakes, and spark plugs one time. This was my first car and it has never left me stranded. I paid $1,600 for my Escort three years ago; I took it to a dealership today and got $2,000 for it. This car withstood the test of time and I would suggest anybody looking for an inexpensive, gas-saving, reliable vehicle to look into this one.

30th Aug 2009, 18:01

OK, I've got a 1999 Ford Escort. It's very good on gas, and that thing has power. It has a 5-speed manual in it and it has 178459 miles on it. Just do routine maintenance on it and it will last forever. I hear lots of bad stories on the automatic. You're better with the 5-speed manual, not the automatic.

14th Apr 2010, 05:31

I think the above review is more a reflection on the owner than the car.

The '91-96 models are slightly smaller inside than the 97+, I'm 5'10 and fit very, very comfortably.

My car also has a significantly weaker engine (22hp less than the '99) and have NO problems getting up to highway speeds and cruising... in fact, it's way too easy for this car to do 10-20km/h over the limit without me even noticing.


1999 Ford Escort ZX2 2.0L Zetec from North America


The best car money can buy, amazing!!!


The A/C compressor, brakes, exhaust, and the air conditioning have broken all due to normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

What more can I say, it's a 1999 ZX2 with a 5 speed and every option offered; it is just about totally stock.

It is very quick, I have reached over 110mph on the highway and have done no engine mods whatsoever.

I have no idea why some of these reviews bash the ZX2; in my opinion it is amazing... I have driven mine for approx 5 months and put on over 12,000 miles, it has over 142,000 and runs absolutely perfect, I paid only $1200 for it.

It is absolutely the best car I have ever had, and I have had a DSM Mitsubishi Eclipse, a Toyota Corolla, and a Subaru Legacy, and the ZX2 tops them all.

It is very comfortable and has a feel of high build quality. It's not tinny like many imports out there, it really takes a lick-in from me as I commute everyday for work and college, but none the less it keeps going strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2008