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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