Bought 8/07 w/94k miles. Only had to replace the MAF sensor when I bought it as the previous owner put tape over the check engine light. Use it for commuting (35 mi/day) mostly. Great AC, fun to drive, cheap on gas (better than my 72 Bronco). No oil leaks. This is my 2nd Escort SW, first being an 84 diesel. Both have been great.
Before I owned this car, a manual transmission 4 door wagon, I owned the same thing, except for in an automatic form. My opinion, the manual is the better of the both. Even my wife loves driving it, which is odd, because she'd always prefer automatics. It can get a little dicey in the winter, especially where I used to live in B.C., but it's the funnest car I've ever driven. I could have a little more leg room, but I'm only 5 foot 8, so it doesn't matter. My Escort is the plainest Escort you could ever get, but for some weird reason, it has power mirrors. The seats are manual, the locks and the windows. But that's what I love about this car.
-1.8 litre engine -Manual transmission. Low height of car
I bought my wagon two years ago, not
knowing it would be the greatest used
car I have ever purchased. Excellent
gas mileage, and lots of room for
storage. Sure, lots of new parts are
on this wagon, but the Mazda powerplant
still runs flawlessly at 150K miles.
The cold air conditioner, the folding
seats, the fact that everyone hates my
grocery getter, while cops refuse to
pull over a wagon.
The engine's performance takes a
serious hit when the AC is on. I'm
talking like.. a 50% decrease of
Only replaced minor things. Biggest
problem was the heater core at around
150xxxmiles. Just replaced the brake
pads (front), minor tune ups, oil
changes, etc. The AC leaks somewhere
but its not a problem since I use the
car as a winter beater now. It gets
GREAT mileage. The clutch needs to be
replaced soon. Changed 4 winter tires
(13" lol).$300bucks installed. Once
went on fishing trip, you guys wouldnt
even imagine. 6 passengers! (1 guy in
the trunk lol). One cooler full of
beer, portable bbq, tackle box, rods,
etc. We must of had a combined weight
of 1200lbs. Performance thrown out of
the window. I love this car!
great mileage, cheap maintenance, very
reliable, awesome in the winter with
the right tires
Arm rest, better material for the sun
visor, better spring mechanism for the
door handles (the rears seems to get
stuck), peeling window trims, foggy
headlight lense, better cup holders,
more power for the engine.
I've had this car since it was new and
it has never failed to get me where I
want to go. It has been kept outside,
and has always started, at 95 degrees
or zero degrees, just turn the key.
The kids are older now and we need
something that holds 6 people, which is
the only reason I'm going to sell it.