I am only 16 and this is my first car.
Dad bought it because it was $300
expecting to do hardly
anything to it but someone street raced
it and it was stolen therefore we had
to buy a new clutch, ignition, door
lock, spark plugs, tires and speed
sensor(thanks to potholes in west
virginia that busted both front tires
and sensor). It had pretty much brand
new brakes on it but they must be
cheap because I have hit them hard a
few times and they just dont grap hard
enough but the pedal is nice and stiff.
It can handle like a dream since the
guy upgraded the struts and it can do
60mph on a 25mph rated on ramp(thats
the fastest i have tried). 32-45mpg
Great handling(upgrade struts all
around which are koni), gas mileage 32-
45mpg, the boxie look of it, 2 and 3
gear feel very good, does well in high
rev to get up to 75mph for highway
remove gas mileage to add power(88 hp
just dont do it nore does the 108
ft/lbs torque),have to roll gear box
geared too low in 1 gear and a bit too
high in 4 and 5 gear, blows around way
too easily in wind, clutch pedal too
What an outstanding vehicle! This is
the second Escort we have owned and
this one has been even better than the
last one. Currently showing 115K on the
clock. Maintenance schedule has been:
change the brakes, oil, sparkplugs and
air filter -- nothing else. Only
non-predicted failure has been
alternator and battery at 110K -- $200.
Timing belt went at 90K should
have been changed at 60K anyway. Total
repair bill $240. The car needs no oil
between changes still returns 32-36
mpg. Basically, the car has been a
The only visit to the dealership in 7-
years was for the timing belt. What
more can one ask for in a vehicle?
This car is our 3rd Escort and we
recently purchased another to make 4!
We have changed the oil and serviced
it. That is it. It gets 36-40 mpg and
is the most dependable car I have ever
owned. It's easy to park and corners on
a dime. I love my car!
GREAT GAS MILEAGE AND NO REPAIRS! It
takes curves like a sports car and gets
great gas mileage like a great compact.
I bought mine at auction 5 months ago
for $900. The car was fairly trashed by
the previous owner, but I was looking
for something cheap and good on gas. It
has 132,000 miles and still runs
strong. Leaks a little oil and
antifreeze but it still gets 35+ mpg
running back and forth to work. Shame
it wasn't taken care of, but I'll run
it till it drops and find another one.
The A/C is awesome, a must for living
in the south.
A/C, seats are comfortable, so far very
I hate that automatic seat belt, I keep
hitting my head on it getting out of
I've had this car for 5 years. I've
replaced the battery, the timing belt,
the radiator (only because I never
flushed it), the tires, and the plugs.
Otherwise, this has been an outstanding
vehicle to own and operate. I highly
recommend this for a college student or
teen's first car.
40+ MPG!!! Quick and responsive. Keep
the oil and filters changed regularly.
Durable, good-looking interior.