by elroy1991 on Jun 20, 2014 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Escort LX 2dr Hatchback
My sister gave me her 1991 escort lx in 2006 with 116K miles on it.
She said I may get a year out of it and then junk it. She was the original owner. Here it is 2014 and I still drive it with 198K on it. Ive had the timing belt break twice, have had to replace alt, starter, wheel cyl. Then last week, the ignition switch lock assembly broke. This car will NOT die. I love this car. I'm getting 420 miles on a tank of gas. I've had people offer $1500 for it and tell them no. It's been a very reliable car for me. My sister is still amazed it's still in service. I'm going to drive it until the motor blows or the tranny gives out, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
by pylon_johnson on Dec 18, 2013 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Escort LX 2dr Hatchback
I bought my 1991 Escort in 1996 with only 26K miles on it...and kept it until 2002, when I traded it in with 112K on it.
Why am I reviewing a car I traded-in 11 years ago?
Because from a reliablity standpoint, it's the best I ever owned...and I have owned many much more expensive vehicles since then.
In the 6 years I owned it, there wer no major repairs, and very few minor ones.
Only 2 issues I ever had with it...the automatic seatbelt motor had to be replaced (dumb design on early 90's vehicles), and it tended to burn through headlight bulbs.
Other than that, it ran like a top, was fun to drive, and great on gas!
Still ran great the day I traded it in, and looking back wish I kept it
by The_Green_Goblin on Aug 23, 2010 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Escort GT 2dr Hatchback
I am the 2nd documented owner, the First owner had a 16 year old child that did not know how to handle a car like this or appreciate it. I bought it, rebuilt it, and it blows my LX out of the water as far as performance, comfort and styling. The fact it shares the BG Chassis with Mazda makes it a bit easier to find aftermarket performance parts. I have put about 700 miles on my car since June, and I love it. All K&N Filters, 205-55ZR15's, and it handles like a dream. Comes factory with Tokico struts, which is a great manufacturer of suspension equip. I absolutely love it and plan on keeping it to hand down to my son. Not a Mustang, but I blow by those anyways. I recommend it 100%!
by pevey2469 on Dec 24, 2009 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Escort LX 4dr Hatchback
I obtained my Escort from it's grave. It had a broken timing belt, which in turn means it need a cylinder head. I put one on it at 145k and that was all. Ever since I have driven my "Little Go-Cart" over 10,000 miles with out a hitch. Engine is original and will probably need replacement around 165-180k but since I am a journeyman mechanic for 20 plus years,I believe it is worth it and a good all around runabout. Ford Rules!
by xxchrist_rockerxx on Mar 13, 2009 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Escort LX 4dr Hatchback
LOVE this car, bought it with 80,000 miles on it in 2005, fresh out of high school. in less than 4 years i've more than tripled the mileage, and it's sitting at 261,000 miles right now and still running strong! EASILY gets 32mpg city, 35 highway...i would recommend this car to ANYONE, but not mine because it's not for sale! If you get one, take care of it...it will last you forever!
by Karla in PA on Jul 24, 2008 Vehicle: 1991 Ford Escort LX 2dr Hatchback
I bought this car as a high school junior because I needed my own transportation to work. I had limited funds and the Escort seemed just perfect at $750. I have had the car for almost 1.5 years now and I have not been disappointed at all. This car is small and cute. I get wonderful gas mileage (~29/35) and there's little maintenance. My friends are all jealous of my car! It has almost 100,000 (or 200,000; I can't tell because of the 6 digit odometer) and still runs better than my father's '05 Pontiac. The only problem is that the A/C doesn't run very cold, but hey, at least it runs. I would recommend this car to anyone. It runs like new and will never leave you stranded. Surely a great buy!
...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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