155,000 miles and it was still going
strong until it got t-boned at an
intersection. It was driven pretty
hard, over 80 miles a day on the
highways at 65-75 mph. It had some
significant repairs but overall it
didn't have $18,000 in it over almost
nine years including purchase price.
An axle problem early on was covered
under the warranty. The only long-term
problem was a flaky electrical system.
Recommend tires with higher heat
rating to prevent wear if driven heavy.
Good family-size car for the money.
Excellent gas mileage (33-34 mpg
Work out bugs in the electrical system
and allow axle repairs without having
to replace the whole assembly.
I have owned this car for 9+ years
with only normal maintenance
(oil,filters,air-filter and such).
It has performed wonderfully. When I
purchased it I wanted a small,reliable
car and that is what I got. I could
not be happier with my purchase.
We have owned this car since new, and
it has become the car I love to hate.
The hatchback/wagon design is
immensely practical (why don't all
brands have one?) and the mileage, at
nearly 40mpg on the highway is great.
Also, I agree with other reviewers
that the drivetrain is as reliable as
a hammer. Unfortunately, the interior
noise level, complete lack of power,
very weak brakes, and uncomfortable
seats make this vehicle miserable to
drive for any real length of time.
Also, the quality of assembly is
clearly lacking--doors don't fit
right, wiring was faulty from new,
economy, decent interior space and
practical design, overall reliability,
purchase price was right
Add power! needed better door seals,
soundproofing, generally better
i had this car my junior and senior
year of highschool. it starts up every
mourning and never had to worry about
it breaking down. All the times i
wrecked it due to teenage stupidity, i
thought it would break down very soon.
but surprisingly it never gave me too
much problems. it handled great on any
driving conditions. it revs up when
you need it to.(all the wat to
7000rpm) It always felt as It had
wiped out many wanna be fast cars.
The Escort has to be one of the most
bulletproof designs Ford ever put on
the road. The GT ups the ante and
makes an econobox into a really fun
package. The interior comfort is
great. My car has over 120,000 on the
odo and I drove it straight from
Florida to Michigan with no
discomfort. Great seats. Some of the
items are indicative of an earlier
mindset (i.e. cupholders that are only
large enough to hold a can), but the
interior is still roomy and
functional. You can't beat a hatchback
for functionality. This thing swallows
just about anything with the seats
The Mazda 1.8L and Manual Trans can't
be beat. This car isn't really that
fast, but it always gives the
impression that you are going about 10
mph faster than you really are.
Restore features that were standard on
prior models - lighted vanity mirrors
and trunk/fuel releases on
floor. Fortunately, these are easily
restored w/junkyard parts. (visor
wiring is still in a-pillar behind
headliner and routing for remote
releases are still under carpet).