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