1997 Ford Escort Consumer Review: Great inexpensive car
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1997 Ford Escort - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great inexpensive car
By brianl703 on

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1997 Ford Escort 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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