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American-made reliability!
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By Eric
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1997 Ford Escort Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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Absolutely reliable. Not the most quiet or refined automobile in its class, but VERY cheap to fix and maintain. The perfect utility-type vehicle for work/students/grocery chasing. Excellent mileage. The standard for dependability! This is my third Escort. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.


Best Features

Mine is the LX "SPORT" model (sedan). It has a sportier look to it, both inside and out, which I like, along with the alloy wheels. I don't much care for the "oval" radio package. Greatly limits replacement options there.


Worst Features

Could use more sound insulation.


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Well spent money
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By PizzaGuru
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1997 Ford Escort Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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Best compact car ford ever built! If your looking for a dependable car this is it. I've got 130,000 miles on it and it's still going strong. No major problems ever. Our other car is a Dodge Stratus.....It's always at the repair shop. The Escort will probably outlast me.


Best Features

Rear seats that fold down.


Worst Features

ON THE KEY RING GET RID OF THE RED PANIC BUTTON!!!!!


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Great inexpensive car
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By brianl703
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1997 Ford Escort Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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This 1997 Ford Escort has aged pretty well. It drives pretty much as it did when we got it 5 years ago. Gas mileage is good, it handles pretty well (the chassis is much more rigid than previous year Ford Escorts). With 81,000 miles, the engine barely uses 1/3 quart of Mobil 1 5W-30 in 4500 miles. The check engine light had been on for a couple of years (with a P1443 trouble code), I finally got around to fixing it by replacing the purge flow solenoid with a $5 wrecking yard part. It turned out the rubber hose had started deteriorating, and the solenoid got clogged with debris.


Best Features

Gas mileage. Reliability. Those parts which do break can be found cheaply at a wrecking yard.


Worst Features

Bring this car back, Ford. Do it with new sheetmetal like everyone else does, but leave the mechanical pieces the same. They are reliable and time- tested. Your Japanese competition does that!


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My lil red car
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By NurseNell
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1997 Ford Escort Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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Fun to Drive. Dependable car. Good in snow. Attracts deer lol! Had a deer riding on my hood and windshield.Windshield never broke- mechanically sound vehicle--gas gage stuck on full at 89000 miles--regular oil changes done and replacement of y pipe a year ago. Thinking of trading to Dodge Stratus but will miss my little escort!


Best Features

5-speed, stereo,exterior body style


Worst Features

need trunk opener inside car my automatic key lost and expensive to replace


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Damn Asphalt
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By zipzow319
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1997 Ford Escort Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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My '97 Escort was a fun little car w/just enough character to make me look like I was having fun. The highway miles were impecable, and the city miles weren't bad either. I made an average of two trips to Mn. from K.C. a year, and the car got me there and back w/no problems. Last time in Mn. I hit a piece of construction asphalt on the highway and totaled the car. All in all though, the car did me well and I had to shed a tear when the insurance company took it away from me.


Best Features

Great gas mileage, ability to work on engine, handles decently for the size, spoiler, trunk space


Worst Features

stereo console (hard to update),


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