I've had my Escort GT for 13 years! I
bought it brand new in 1990, have put
160,000 miles on it, and in all that
time, I've had only two repairs. One
$98 ignition switch and one oil leak
(recent) for $300. Less than $400 in
13 years ... not bad. I've taken good
care, of course, with oil changes and
all scheduled maintenance, but it's
still got umph when I need it and the
most comfortable seats I've ever
found. Huge trunk and room in back
seat are bonus, too.
The large comfy driver's seat. The
cruise control on the steering wheel
is easy to work by feel. The steering
wheel is large and comfy. Love the
The wheels are 15 by 5.5 rather than a
normal 15 by 6. Would make replacement
easier if one breaks. Several parts
(i.e. air filter) are more expensive
I bought this with 120,000 mi. as a
second car for long work commuting. So
far it runs great and from what the
previous owner told me, it always has.
Has nice styling and looks more
aggressive than your average Honda
GT styling pkg, DOHC engine, interior.
Sluggish off the line with the
automatic, small cupholders, back end
gets a little loose over bumps.
Aquired car 1/99 and average 25,000
miles annually. By the end of '03 it
will have 200,000 on. ALL ORIGINAL
except air filter, belts and water
pump. Still has original plugs, wires,
sensors etc. Thought about replacing
them, but averaging 35 mpg (and 40.8 on
trips) I ask myself...WHY? This car
sees mostly highway miles, and
occassionally the local drag strip.
Just plain RELIABLE! Has pretty decent
power and is a blast to drive! I love
it! Cost of ownership doesn't get any
lower then this.
Forget the Focus, build 91-96 Escort
GT's!! (Cannot comment on the ZX2 as I
have no experience w/ them.)