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Loretta
By tbone0822 on 10/04/13 02:11 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Got me around
By usn_ht on 03/02/12 13:34 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Great Car
By Sandy Loam on 09/27/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Great little car
By Dan on 06/11/10 18:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Brought car with 96,000 mi and have 128,000 now. Only part replaced was a inner tie rod and with labor less then $100 No rust on the car after 2 northeast winters. AC still blowing cold and never serviced.
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This pony won't quit
By Dennis on 05/26/09 19:22 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

I have put on 40,000 miles after the first owner's 206,000 miles. The engine still runs perfectly with surprising mileage --30-32 mpg in my daily 45 mile commute through and around Detroit and up to 40 mpg in slower highway driving. The body has not a squeak or rattle. Snow traction is great. I've driven through a foot of snow without any problem other than ice getting jammed in the suspension. The AC failed last year; estimates were for more than I paid for the car so I am living with that. I replaced rear struts at about 230,000 miles. Looking ahead, I see only months left on the clutch and 3rd gear is down to a nub so I have to decide soon whether to see if I can get another 200k.
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1998 Ford Escort
By 1998 Ford Escort on 03/28/09 01:34 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Very Reliable vehicle. Great gas mileage 40 HWY miles. This vehicle was subjected to a MN winter- 30 days in a row of zero degrees. The car started EVERY morning without a problem. Vehicle is just now starting to show a little rust. Dependable, great gas mileage. feels solid when driving during a MN winter...
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Cheap, affordable, and great
By Nambow on 12/31/08 20:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

I got this car after it had been sitting for 1-2 yrs. I had to replace the tires and tie rods. It drives good, and is a manual. I average anywhere from 31-35mpg. My car has 119k and shows no sign of giving up.
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It Could Be Worse (but not much)
By Justin on 08/07/08 02:25 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Do not get this car if you enjoy driving or like cars even a little bit. You'll be dissapointed with the performance, handling and just about everything. Fuel economy is great as long as you don't touch the gas and don't look at the A/C. I don't think the designers even knew what fun-to-drive meant. Interior is basic. Not even a tach or cd player. If you stare at the exterior long enough it starts to look alright. It's only broken down on me once because of a bad alternator but there are a few parts that have needed replacing in the two years I've had it. (Motor mounts twice and A/C.) The trunk leaks on the right too. Summary: If you're old or don't like cars, the Escort is for you.
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Reliable!
By Diane on 03/18/08 19:33 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

I have 190K miles on this car and it is still going strong! It serves its purpose, but now I am feeling that it may be on its last leg (the gas mileage is lowering and it struggles a little to get up certain hills), but I haven't had any major breakdowns or work done to it - just a timing belt and the e-brake chain. Brakes are worn easily, but I stop and go a lot. A fine little car that does a decent job.
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1998 Escort SE - A great, reliable car!
By Scooter on 07/24/07 10:14 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought this car new in '98 for my wife to drive around town, an SE Sport model that's still fun to drive. After 9 years and only 31,000 miles, the engine still has a lot of pep and gets GREAT gas mileage. No major repairs other than a serpentine belt and A/C work (common to Escorts). Most problems due to age rather that normal wear and tear. Routine maintenance was as expected. Will be a great car to pass on down to the kids!
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