I really enjoy my Escort, except for one thing. The oil system. I haven't heard of anyone else having this problem, but I have had so many problems with the pump, the sender unit, the filter. I've had three oil changes in the past two months alone, and I've only driven it a few times. Other than that I have had no problems.
Size and look of the car, it perfect for driving to the beach with my dog and some friends.
Make the engine compartment more accessible to home mechanics. This would cut down on the time it takes to fix it!