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10 years and still going strong!
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By lori & kenzie
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1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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We have owned this car for 10 years and we can't complain. We've never had to replace anything except for a brake, the alternator, and some tires. This car has been on 3 long road trips (about 650 miles each way with a dog) and we had no major breakdowns. The car is still running (even with over 200,000 miles on it) but we're finally going to purchase a new 2007 Elantra so we will donate it to charity. BTW: We have the bare bones model-5 speed manual, cassete player (no cd), power nothing, no spoiler, basically just a shell with an engine and some tires.


Favorite Features

Durability- it's like the little engine that could! Outside styling- I always thought the front looked like bugs bunny.


Suggested Improvements

Standard CD player and get rid of that ugly mocha frost color. Air vents in the back and more than 1 cupholder.


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Useful & reliable
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By Boston driver
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1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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Bought this car new in 98. It's been very reliable and a great city car for maneuvering and parking and mileage. Decent pickup with the five-speed manual. Wet-road handling got better with new tires at 50k. The trunk opening is very small, but with the back seats down you can stuff a lot in. E- brake is starting to fail at 73k.


Favorite Features

Pickup and gas mileage. A/C works great.


Suggested Improvements

You can only open the trunk with the key or the keyring clicker (no in-car lever), and the clicker won't work with the engine running, so you have to shut the engine off to open the trunk, which is annoying.


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Unexpectedly decent car
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By Escort driver
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


Review

We bought a used 98 model in late 2002. Since then we made a round trip to Canada (about 1500 miles) made a trip to Virginia twice and so far has put on mileage of 60k. The car runs great. No mechanical problems so far. Hope it would keep running, since I am a JDM fan, so astonished by its performance.


Favorite Features

Nice exterior and interior for a small car. Comfy.


Suggested Improvements

The handling is really questionable. Have strong doubts about its handling in rain and snow as it skids a lot.


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great little car that keeps on running!
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By markiejohng
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1998 Ford Escort Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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I purchased my 1998 Ford Escort LX back in Sept. of 2005 and this car has been nothing but a great little ride. It is very reliable, has peppy performance with the 5-speed, drives very well, the interior is very functional, and the body is in excellent shape. It provides me with great all-around transportation. It had 121,000 miles when I purchased it and the motor continues to run strong like new. It gets excellent gas mileage. All around, it has been a great car to own. The only things I have had to replace was a thermostat and a new battery. Other than that, it just keeps running and running.


Favorite Features

Peppy engine, interior layout, roomy trunk, easy accessibility, fun 5-speed manual transmission, and cute look.


Suggested Improvements

Suspension feels "loose" and not solid like some imports with similar mileage, brakes squeak too much, and back seat is a little cramped for passengers.


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She's good
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By Lovemycar
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1998 Ford Escort Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


Review

My first car, has held up very well. Bought her with 39,000 on it, so far am at 52,000 in a little over a year. Very few maintenance problems, and any problems were minor, like windshield wipers. Excellent for all of the driving that I do between school, work and home (over 60 miles daily M-F) and I only fill up about once a week. She's always been there for me.


Favorite Features

Miles per gallon - while the tank is small, the car goes over 300 miles before the light comes on. Trunk space very good. I love my clicker - door lock/unlock, alarm, trunk pop.


Suggested Improvements

Gas tank is small - Quikfill won't stamp my card because I can rarely put in 10 gal. Doesn't handle well in rain, or snow (without studded tires). Accelerates rather slowly, which also makes it sometimes difficult to pass a slower moving vehicle ahead of me.


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