by tbone0822 on Oct 4, 2013 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Sedan
After having this car for a couple of years, we decided she deserved a name, Loretta.
We bought her when she was already 12 years old but she only had 63,000 miles on her.
Now she's got almost 150,000 and still going strong.
The fuel pump has been replaced and a couple of other things, but she's never left me stranded.
All of those were things that I needed to do, but she gave me the time to save the money and never quit on me.
We love this car.
She is now being passed down to my daughter who loves her just as much as I do.
by usn_ht on Mar 2, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Sedan
One of Ford's best for basic trasportation.
Purch from original owner with 111k mi after sitting in yard for 2yr. Have driven it 65k miles since. Never left me stranded, only normal maint. items; i.e. timing belt, brakes, tires, muffler. New England winters & excessive road salt have taken a toll on the body.
Engine still runs strong and uses less that 1qt. of oil per 2k miles.
by Sandy Loam on Sep 27, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Sedan
We had issues the very next day after driving it off the lot. The engine would die while driving. We took it back twice and when I demanded a free loaner while they fixed the problem, they replaced a sensor. At 30,000 miles, the transmission went and it took the Ford dealership in Sierra Vista, AZ 6 transmissions and 3 weeks to get the right one, they finally put in a Mazda transmission. AC went out, 2 dealerships could not find out why, it was never fixed.CD changer stopped working. After that, we had very little problems and we had to get rid of it after I hit a bear and totaled it out. It had well over 230,000 miles on it and was still going strong. Overall, great car & fun to drive.
Packages are reshuffled on Ford's entry-level cars. Available this year as sedans, wagons or stylish coupes, the Ford Escort now qualifies as a low emissions vehicle, thanks to the car's split-port induction 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.