Bought it new, put 160,000 miles on it with only an engine mount and electric cooling fan replaced, and several burned out bulbs. Other than that, routine fluid/filter changes, couple of batteries and one tune up plus some tire replacement and brake pads...thats it! Reliable! Never let me down, never stranded me, never disapointed me! Still looks new, red sports model 4 door, I put a cd player in it when my son was starting to drive it.
Reliability, still looks new and the car itself looks modern even tho it is 10 model years old now. Plain, simple transportation in the same way the Model T was!
Ford has addressed all of the improvements with the current 08 Focus replacement, and the 09 will be a whole new car.
Purchased this car at 30,000 miles. Has been very good to me, only minor repairs have been needed. Have owned this car for almost 10 years and I am very pleased, I now have close to 180,000 miles and this little Escort is still running strong.
Gas mileage, very reliable
More powerful 4 cylinder engine more interior room
I inherited this car from my sister when it had 95,000 miles one it. Now it has 130,000. It is the "fancy" model with power windows, power locks, keyless entry, alarm, power mirrors etc. Until now it has been absolutely reliable with no problems whatsoever. Recently the service engine soon light came on and I took it to the shop and they replaced the oxygen sensor. This solved the light for about a day until it came on again and the engine started to act like it was trying to cut out. It was a great car but it is not worth putting any money into. I would recommend this car to someone looking for a used car. Make sure it is a low mileage one though, it is an economy car and falls apart with old age, apparently.
Power windows/locks, keyless entry/alarm, power mirrors, rear window defroster. These are things that are not usually found on an economy car of this age.
They don't make the car anymore but the only thing I would change is the stereo, it is beyond terrible.
This little car has been great! It was my mother's car and now mine and we've pretty much run it until it could go no more. I'll be replacing it soon, but it's been super reliable. The only problems I've had have been recent...once it was over 110,000 miles!
I love my color-boysenberry! The gas mileage is also great.
It doesn't have a lot of get-up and go so if you live some place hilly, the acceleration up hills is rather slow.