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It keeps running and running and running
By Thatch on 09/18/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Sedan

Review

I am amazed at the engine. I have 112000 miles and change oil every 3000 miles. It has never needed a quart and is still relatively clean when I change it. Good gas mileage 30 to 33 on the road.
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Great car
By 1997escortlover on 09/04/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Wagon

Review

We have owned ford escorts for over 20 years 1981-2001 this car was dependable. it was able to take a beating. We will miss it. we traded this one in 2001. We had over 100k miles and the clutch was on the way out,so was the starter,computer,timing belt, and cv joint
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Takes a Lickin'
By CA_Kid on 08/19/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Wagon

Review

Bought new, now have over 100K on it and it still runs great. Body and paint job are outstanding and the engine is extremely durable. Like most 4 cyl. cars, some power is lost when turning on the A/C, but it sure comes out cool! Windshield seems to have a design flaw, the padding keeps coming out. Otherwise I couldn't be happier with this little commuter car.
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1997 Escort
By Dueffert on 07/28/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Sedan

Review

Very reliable, great gas mileage (about 34mpg. Easy to replace parts.
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Great Car! No problems, hassle free.
By McGill on 07/18/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort 4dr Sedan

Review

Serviced regularly, first issue was breaks started sqeaking (60k miles). Breaks were checked regularly & the mechanics were surprised that they were the original, 1st replace needed at 60K. Only problem was after I going over a "v" shaped driveway (v at the point road & driveway met), Heavier person in passenger seat & it hit caused a small leak in the radiator seam. Gets 30-35 in town, when not running the A/C and 40 on road trips. Bought a new car & now found a good deal on a Aero so hubby trying to talk me into selling it. We'll see, I've grown attached to it & the dependability.
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Should Have Been Recalled
By gtrbernie on 06/09/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Wagon

Review

I purchased my Escort in 2000 with 13,000 miles on it. After 19,000 miles of light duty, I was told that I needed new rear coil springs. I spoke to several people that owned the same vehicle, and several mechanics (including the service manager at my local Ford dealership), and was told that this is a common problem that Ford is aware of, but not footing the bill for. Otherwise, a reliable, but not very interesting, econobox. Total lack of ergonomic ingenuity.
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Standard Solid Car
By Scott Pearson on 05/08/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort 4dr Sedan

Review

This economical car is a family vehicle with no bells and whistles but plenty of perks to keep you happy. When you need a good used car, this is an excellent choice.
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1997F0RD ESCORT
By CALEB on 04/24/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Sedan

Review

I BOUGHT MY 97 ESCORT WITH 2100 MILES ON IT.IT HAS BEEN SUPER DEPENDABLE.HAD A CRANK PULLEY GO BAD AN A SENSOR ON THE GAS TANK .EACH WAS BITEY TO GET FIXED.THE FUEL SENSOR MIGHT HAVE BEEN MY FAULT IN THAT I HABITUALLY ADDED MORE GAS AFTER THE AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF.IF SO IT WAS A 3 HUNDRED DOLLAR LESSON. IT COULD EASILY USE MORE COMFORTABLE SEATS.ITS RESPONSIVE, STYLISH ECONOMICAL AND HIGHLY DEPENDABLE.ITS EASY TO USE AND EASY TO OWN!I THINK MY 8000 DOLLARS WAS WELL SPENT
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Nice economy vehicle with lots of option
By Band Man on 03/31/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Wagon

Review

We bought the Escort Wagon in June of '97. Only one visit to the shop since then for a mechanical problem, and that was to replace a failed emission control part (after 3-year/36,000 mile warranty expired, of course - our cost was $175.00). During a brake job at 43,000 or so we had to replace the front rotors - they were too thin to turn. The car is fun to drive, but not exceptionally quiet. The stereo AM-FM cassette is pretty good, and the options available are great. Our Escort is loaded - every option but a CD player. I use the cruise control daily!
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Great Car
By bark on 03/15/02 17:16 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Escort LX 4dr Sedan

Review

I would have to rate my 97 Escort as execellent. It has racked up around 85000 trouble free miles. This particular Escort has a manual tranmission and gets around 30/36 mpg. The only drawback I can think of is related to the manual transmission. The manual tranny is a real hassle during rush hour traffic, stop go.
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