hauling Goods & Dogs
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Vehicle1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Wagon
ReviewGreat in town -peppy drive if you stay in torque range (3750 & up)--easy lane changes, great visibility, intr. noise low. seat best in near upright. Yoko Avid Touring tires are a perfect compliment to this wagon! Frim, stable, grip, and corner. Wagon will oversteer if you don't go spritely into the corner--waking up stabliz'n rear assembly. Ford means 80lbs in the boot! Heavy loads off the axle are nerve racking. Drop the seat --pull it out! Smart pack can put 625lbs of goods in; predictable ride follows. Very Utilitarian w/smart looks--Ford really did a nice exit w/the escort wagon!
Best Featuresdrive;mpg; 3rd & 4th gear ratio (keep up rpm); clean burn; back hatch accomdates big loads ; low used car price tag. Better Econ. than Most!
Worst Featureslateral seat support; torque @2500RPM for short inner city hauls; more sound dampening in hatch. Fuelmiser.TM-- has improved MPG to 31/42 (11.6%increase) 24% less HC; 15% less NOx; 10% less CO2; 68% less CO;---can you say ULEV? see CA -EPA/ CARB ex. sum. #D-421
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