1997 Ford Escort Consumer Review: A working man's (women's) car

1997 Ford Escort - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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A working man's (women's) car
By Fordy Something on


1997 Ford Escort 4dr Sedan


I bought 2 brand new escorts, manual trans, the same exact day. At the time, I traveled over 750 miles a week. I swapped every other week attempting to have the cars outlast the loans. After 8 years and 330000 total miles on these 2 cars I can only say it was one of the better decisions I've made. Only major repair was the radiators on both failed the same week within a 1000 mi. of each other at about 100000 miles. That's it, aside from regularly scheduled maintenance. Unfortunately, the one with 150000 on it got rearended and the other with 180000 is getting tired. I'll miss them both. I suppose I'll never get this lucky again when it comes to purchasing a car.

Best Features

manual trans gives it some guts - reliability was second to none - economical and affordable to operate

Worst Features

Install the same reliability in all cars! Especially the one I choose to buy next .... PLEASE!
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