1996 Ford Escort Consumer Review: Great econo-box

1996 Ford Escort - Consumer Review

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LX Wagon (1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great econo-box
By missouri_escort on


1996 Ford Escort LX 4dr Wagon


I purchased the car new on April Fool's day of 1996. It has been great with no major problems. I replaced the speedometer at 84,000 miles, a weak point with all Fords of this era; miles and timing belt, it will happen to all of them, at 100000+ miles. I replaced the ignition pack at 110,000. It will do 30+MPG on trips and 26 MPH town and country. With 113,000+ miles it still runs like new on original tune and spark plugs.

Best Features

1) Gas mileage. 2) The 1.9L engine is a great improvement over the original 1.6 Escort engine of the early 80's. It should outlast the rest of the car by a long shot.

Worst Features

Ford should have made the a/c vents easier to adjust. The tiny handles are just too small. The speedometer needs better bearings for the needle to allow it operate properly for the life of the car.
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