21st Feb 2001, 18:27

I just recently had to purchase tires for my 1999 ZX2, believe it or not even though the car came with 14 inch wheels I have 15 inch (upgraded) between 99-149.99 per tire. I am just sick, I think I am done with the ZX2, it eats up gas like it is a tank, and slips and slides all over the place in the rain and snow.

I am done!!!!

1st May 2001, 03:35

You sound very frustrated... Write Ford and tell them about where you got the car and EVERY problem you have had with the car AND the dealer. If they don't respond, write them again. Something will be done.

I suggest this to ALL of you who have been having problems with your ZX2, and the dealer won't do anything about it.

It sounds like all of you people who are complaining about this car could be from the same region. If so, That in-particular factory is to blame and the dealers are sick of the customer come backs and are starting to be dis-agreeable.

There are better ways to deal with this problem than an all-out boycott.

2nd Apr 2004, 15:46

I'm having big time problems with my 1999 ZX2. I only have 46,000 miles on my car. The transmission is completely shot. It's not the dealer that you'll have problems with, it's Ford itself. It's going to cost about $3000.00 to have my car fixed which is my only form of transportation. I've read quite a few of these and see that the transmissions definitely have a problem with these makes and models. I think it's Ford's fault not the dealers.

I've spoken to Ford several times and they tell me it's not there problem, it's mine. They tell me the decision can't be over turned and to deal with it. Then they tell you that they value their customers. Yeah right!

The dealer is trying to work with me. They said they will try to contact Ford also.

I don't drive my car hard and have regular maintenance done on it such as oil changes and such. I do know how to drive.

Your best bet is to call the Better Business Bureau. That's what I did. They might not be able to do anything, but if more people write them they will see that there is a definite problem.

I will never buy another Ford.

18th Jul 2004, 16:19

Bought a 2000 ZX2 for my daughter a college car. Great performance and 30+ mpg. I drive the car to work when she is home for summer. Have experienced engine vibration but seems to be a common theme with this model. We noticed most of the cars we looked at had the problem to some degree. Is bearable since only noticeable when idling. My sons are already asking if they can have the car when my daughter is done. She says she is keeping the car!

28th Jul 2004, 20:54

Just a few comments for those of you who having been having problems with your trans, my fly wheel was a faulty which caused my trans to blow, so ford paid to put a brand new one in with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. My ZX2 is a 2000 with 60,000 miles!


10th Aug 2004, 13:03

I own a 2000 ZX2 which I purchased for my eldest daughter last year. She turned it down 'cause it was standard and I decided to keep it for myself. Since then my F350 crew cab truck has been gathering dust 'cause this car is just what I needed for my mid-life crisis. Hadn't owned a car since 1977 but I won't give this one up. Performance chip, changes I've made using info. taken from forums, and reprogramming the computer have resulted in a really fast ZX2 and still getting over 32 mpg. Problems? not a one and I run my car VERY hard. Top speed is now in excess of 126 mph and will soon be exceeding that. New tires are on order to handle these speeds and fresh paint 'cause I want it not 'cause it's needed. See 'ya in my rearview...

7th Sep 2004, 13:28

I bought my son a 2000 ZX2 with A/C and CD tape. Works great! I would do it all again except I'd go for the optional leather interior.

This is not to say this car hasn't had problems, it has. But considering that it has over 100K miles on it and we've only replaced the five speed transmission with a junk yard special, a few wheels from too much curb proximity problems. And the Goodyear's it came with are expensive to replace, so we did with a larger sized Pirelli for less than half price. It's doing just great! It still has the original battery guys!

18th Nov 2004, 12:37

I read in your review that you had a Neon before you got the Escort ZX2. I did, too. I know quite a few people who've went from Neons to Escorts. Personally, I've had no problems with my 2000 Escort ZX2 yet, except for some vibration in the front end, caused by broken motor mounts.

7th Feb 2005, 13:16

I have 2000 Ford Escort ZX2 S/R and it was my first car. I have had no problems with it, but the only thing is the governor which keeps my car at 110 mph and not at 150. I have only lost twice with my car.

4th Mar 2005, 10:11

My family has owned two escorts and has never had any problems with them. If you are spending over $100 in tires it is your own fault I get mine for around $35 a piece for 15 inch wheels balanced and mounted, it does help to shop around. Anyone who has problems with these cars eithier bought one that has been abused in the past or are not taking care of it themselves. I could go out in a brand new Porsche and treat it badly and have it break down on me all of the time. As long as you don't drive it like a race car and have the regular maintenence performed you won't have any problems.

24th May 2005, 02:18

I have a 98 ford escort ZX2 this car has 135,785 miles on it other than a few minor fixes with new brakes and some new tires the car has ran great. No problems with anything.

21st Jul 2005, 00:57

I own a 2000 Ford Escort zx2 S/R and the only problem I've had with it is the transmission going out at about 30,000 miles and the dealership stuck with the warranty and replaced it for free... It now has just under 60,000 miles and I have not had a problem with it. I like the car so much I put a body kit and a stage 2 racing clutch and also a K&N cold air intake on it and much more to come.

4th Oct 2005, 12:48

Well I bought my car a couple of months ago and it had 90,000 miles on it and I put on about 4,000 miles already and I have had to get the transmission rebuilt and engine tune up and new tires the car is great, but the transmission is junk and ford should have put a better transmission in the car and I'm sure they would have had a perfect car.

19th Jan 2006, 16:37

Bought my 2000 ZX2 brand new off the lot (000006 miles is such a great thing to see!!) and have had very little problem with it. Now have 125,000 miles on it, not driven hard, and still runs great. Timing belt broke last year, at 115,000 miles, although they say replace 60,000-120,000, so that was OK (except for the cost!!). I do have the same vibrations when stopped, but I think that is pretty common in these cars. Had a mechanic check it out -- he said nothing wrong. I just put up with it. Check engine light has only come on ONCE in the entire 5+ years I've owned the car, and that was only cause the gas cap wasn't on tight enough. All in all, now that it's paid for, a good investment.