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1990 Ford Escort Hatchback

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Ford Escort Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 90 hp @ 4600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 28/38 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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Good while it lasted, but

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Vehicle: 1990 Ford Escort LX 2dr Hatchback

I bought this car with 71,000 miles on it. Now, 3 and a half years later, it has almost 103,000 miles. However, I have spent over $1,500 in repairs in the years I owned it. (Bought it for $1,200). I have replaced a ball joint, the fuel pump, spark plug wires, starter, brake line, and the throttle. When I replaced it with a Nissan, the exhaust (at the exhaust manifold) was going bad. Good car, but only if you want to spend lots of money in repairs, and only if you want to be in the shop with it every other month.

Cheap to own.

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Vehicle: 1990 Ford Escort LX 2dr Hatchback

Fairly reliable and easy to work on, parts are getting scarce. Enjoyable to drive and good acceleration with 5- speed and 1.9 liter engine.

Cool car

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Vehicle: 1990 Ford Escort LX 4dr Hatchback

i bought this car a few years ago with 135k and havnt had any major problems with it. I get about 25 mpg in city driving. It's sweet and fun to drive

Fun car

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Vehicle: 1990 Ford Escort LX 4dr Hatchback

I bought this car 6 1/2 years ago with 132,000 miles on it. Now has 172K. Very reliable and fun to drive, stands out in a crowd. It gets decent gas mileage, 25 mpg in the city stop and go traffic. (Auto 3 spd) I will keep this car for a while and I have been pleased with it

Great first car - except

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Vehicle: 1990 Ford Escort LX 2dr Hatchback

This was my first car, and for $500, I'm not complaining. I bought the car with 77,000 miles on it, and it has now 87000 on it, but not without a few replacements. Alternator, starter, distributor, and some front end work was all the major repairs. But I cant' complain about the 30+ mpg! A little more horsepower would be nice, mostly for passing on the highway. But she still does 75 mph with ease on the freeway. Highly unrecommended for a first car!

Good car for $1200 in

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Vehicle: 1990 Ford Escort GT 2dr Hatchback

For the size of the engine the car did well in performance. I added intake and exhaust and noticed a slight difference. Lowering the car also enhanced handling making it fun, as well as taking it drifting and off-roading. The car has been in three accidents (all hit and runs) and has almost nothing to show for it, durability is high on this plastic-bumpered car. Even sold for $1000 five years later in 2004 with 150K miles on it. Bought it for $1200 with 80K miles and only had to do routine maintenance.

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My last Ford of this type was my 1990 Escort GT, which was a terrific little car, especially wonderful on the highway. Unfortunately, I only got to enjoy it for about eight months; it got totalled ...

Tomorrow I will be trading in my 1990 Toyota Tercel for a 1992 Ford Escort LXE. I love the LXE model because it is not a hatchback, but I am wondering if I am doing the right thing. My Tercel has be...

...basically, Ford threw in the towel after 1990 when it comes to small cars. The '91 Escort is the same basic car as the 1991 Mazda Protege. It's basically a Protege with an engine from the old For...

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  • 28
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  • 38
  • highway
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