Bought this car in Aug. of '05. So far it has been a good investment since it has taken me back and forth from work and school with little complaint. It is definitely a good car to have with the uncertain gas prices although the engine could use more power. The only major problem I had with this car is the heater core and the AC still doesn't work but I consider this pretty good for an almost 10 year old car. Overall I'm satisfied with my Escort and would definitely buy one again.
Handling, keyless entry, alloys and spoiler, fuel economy.
A more powerful motor option for all models not just in GT. Better quality door panels. One map pocket fell off and the other is getting there. No junky power seatbelts.
I don't even want to sell this old
car!! I've had it for 2 years, it had
high mileage on it when I bought it,
plus I put 1000 miles on it in one
trip from NY to Ohio, and back. It
never gave me any problems, always
started right up, the AC and heat are
phenomenal, and the gas mileage is
great. I drove this car through two
bad winters and it still never failed.
I just graduated college and my father
urged me to purchase a brand new car,
but I'm afraid it won't be as reliable
as this one!
The 1.9 engine is the WORST piece of
junk EVER! I bought the car with
30,000 miles on it...at 70,000 miles
the heads had to be rebuilt; at 80,000
the entire engine blew. This was the
most unbelievably unreliable car ever
owned. According to websites, MANY
people have reported this problem with
the heads as early as 50,000 -- yet
Ford refused to do anything about it.
Common symptoms -- shaking, rough
idling, dying suddenly ... dump this
lemon as quickly as possible and do
what I'm doing -- buying a HONDA
Put a reliable engine in -- no car
engine built today should need heads
rebuilt at 50,000 miles!!!! Yet this is
a common problem -- DO RESEARCH
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