Before I owned this car, a manual transmission 4 door wagon, I owned the same thing, except for in an automatic form. My opinion, the manual is the better of the both. Even my wife loves driving it, which is odd, because she'd always prefer automatics. It can get a little dicey in the winter, especially where I used to live in B.C., but it's the funnest car I've ever driven. I could have a little more leg room, but I'm only 5 foot 8, so it doesn't matter. My Escort is the plainest Escort you could ever get, but for some weird reason, it has power mirrors. The seats are manual, the locks and the windows. But that's what I love about this car.
Bought it with 58K. Had no problems but
struts, brakes and the rear springs.
Nothing major. I was only 20 and owned
a wagon. My friends thought I was
smokin' funny stuff, but hey, it was
like driving a truck that got 34 miles
to the gallon and never broke down. Not
bad if you ask me.
I used this car to haul 8ft lumber in
sdie with hatch close. Also. I
installed a hitch to haul small
trailers with home improvement items.
The car was abused, I guess, but kept
going strong. I replaced the exhaust
and struts twice, and clutch once but
To keep the AC from running constantly,
I tinted the 7 windows. Big winter
boots tended to rub the brake pedal
when using the gas pedal. A small seat
cushion helped smooth out the rough
Michigan highway roads and is required
for long trips.
The car was worth every penny I spent
on it. Great gas mileage.
Most reliable car I ever owned!
Routine maintenance only. Body/paint
integrity remains excellent. Original
exhaust and clutch at 148K miles. Would
have bought another one but they
stopped making the wagon!! Can't
afford insurance on two cars so I'm
trying to sell it to a good home!