1998 Ford Escort Consumer Review: Basic Transportation, Noisy on

1998 Ford Escort - Consumer Review

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ZX2 Hot Coupe (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Basic Transportation, Noisy on the Road
By Ken H on


1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot 2dr Coupe


We bought this car for our daughter's use while at school on the east coast. It spent three years in Philadelphia, crossed the country three times ending up on the west coast. The car has 101K miles on it currently. We've had two major engine repairs. One involving an internal governing device in the engine and the other was a head gasket that had to be replaced at 80K miles. One thing that does stand out with this car is the high road noise especially at freeway speeds. Only other item that is an irritant is the seat belts are attached well behind the front seats and are very difficult to reach with the doors closed.

Best Features

Gas mileage.

Worst Features

Not sure how you'd fix the engine problems. The front seat belts could maybe be placed on a track like some are so you don't have to reach way behind yourself to grab the belt. Heavy undercoating would hopefully help with the road noise problem.
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