We purchased this car in Dec96 w/ 50k
miles on it. Now, in Jan03, the car
has 118k miles on it and runs nearly
as good as the day we got it!! The 5
speed manual transmission has never
been a problem, clutch is still tight.
Only had new pads put on around 80k
miles. New pulley @ around 70k ($129).
New timing belt @ 80k as well. Other
than that, we've only done routine
maintenance. A/C & heat still run
perfectly!! My brother's old escort
has nearly 300k miles on it. I would
definitely recommend this car to
anyone looking for a cheap, reliable
RELIABILITY!! And I like the silver
color of ours. Otherwise, it's a no
frills kind of car-- BUT VERY RELIABLE!
I agree-- the engine should've been
made to keep up with the a/c for vise
versa. Cupholders ARE a pain. But all
this isn't a big deal considering that
the car goes on forever!