1998 Ford Escort Consumer Review: Highly Recommended!

1998 Ford Escort - Consumer Review

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

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Highly Recommended!
By Meg022 on


1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool 2dr Coupe


I really love this car--it's the second one I have owned (totaled the first one). It has great pickup considering it's a 4-cyl. The exterior design is fabulous! (I have the 2-dr coupe with spoiler on the back). I love looking at it, even after all these years! Bought both of my ZX2s used, and had minimal repair...until I hit the 90K mark. Then, every inspection has been a $500+ ordeal, but had no emergency repairs. I had to replace the E-brake cable, the thermostat, needed to add freon for A/C, replaced the CAM shaft, and one of the control arms, etc. over a period of about two years. It does get a little uncomfortable for long trips--the interior is small, and the seats are FIRM.

Best Features

Exterior styling is great--so sporty!, tight handling, keyless entry, overall size, good sound system. Reliable car!

Worst Features

Interior trunk release is needed! Drives me nuts to have to turn the car off to get in the trunk. Car vibrates excessively at idle, not too bad in snow/rain, but not great either. Transmission seems to shift oddly--may be due to high mileage. At 105K, time to think about trading it in.
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