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LIKE THE ENERGIZER!!! IT JUST KEEPS GOIN AN GOIN!!
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By mmfm
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1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool 2dr Coupe


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Ive had my 98 zx2 forever. She never lets me down. Im the third owner. The guy b 4 me literally drove the wheels off of it. didnt change the oil for 3 years over 41000 miles. when i got it did a tune up an a oil change.I only run the best. 93 octane ngk11 plugs an 8mm wires. castrol sytec fully sythetic. has 336,588 miles on it right now. still rips. took it to quaker drag strip ran a 15.3 at 91mph. bone stock. blew quite a few doors off it its time an will continue til it dyes on me. Its a fact if u take care of ur car ur car will take care of u. i have replace everthing on it once or maybe twice but i definatly got my moneys worth !!!!!5 STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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THE 5 SPEED TRANNY IS FLAWLESS...That car has surprized many people in its time.. ive made quite a few people mad.. cause they got beat by an escort.. I know id hate to lose to one. I also like the interior. pretty comphy for a guy my size. im 5/11 225lbs an its not hard on the back an i got plenty of room.


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if they had to change somethin id say have to b the wheels. im not real keane of the front bumper either but they work an get the job done... 5STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Great Car
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By Sandy Loam
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1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Sedan


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We had issues the very next day after driving it off the lot. The engine would die while driving. We took it back twice and when I demanded a free loaner while they fixed the problem, they replaced a sensor. At 30,000 miles, the transmission went and it took the Ford dealership in Sierra Vista, AZ 6 transmissions and 3 weeks to get the right one, they finally put in a Mazda transmission. AC went out, 2 dealerships could not find out why, it was never fixed.CD changer stopped working. After that, we had very little problems and we had to get rid of it after I hit a bear and totaled it out. It had well over 230,000 miles on it and was still going strong. Overall, great car & fun to drive.


Best Features

The ride and sportiness for being a 4 door sedan. MPG was great.


Worst Features

Pick a transmission, and stick with it. The CD changer is garbage.


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zx2
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By mike
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1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot 2dr Coupe


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I have owned this little car since I purchased it new in 1998. It has been a fun and economical. I have never had issues until the car reached over 200k. Then things started to break, typical stuff alternator, rear wheel cylinders, struts, just recently the fuel pump. The a/c works some times. Heck what do expect from a car with nearly 300k


Best Features

fuel economy my average has been 32-33 mpg


Worst Features

none they quite making this vehicle


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Great little hauler!
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By Byron
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1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Wagon


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Bought this car new in 1998; wish I had bought two of them! Only major work in 12 years was replacing timing belt and rear brake lines. I put snow tires on their own rims on for 6 months of the year to help save original rims and tires (replaced twice). Live in New Hampshire, so a little rust has shown up around wheel wells. For less than $500 in body work, I'll have a car that should last for several more years. Gets mid 30's mpg on highway with manual transmission. Wish that Ford hadn't discontinued the Escort line. Will consider the Fiesta down the road for my next car, but am in no particular hurry.


Best Features

Comfort, solid ride quality, reliability, gas mileage, convenience of wagon for hauling light loads.


Worst Features

A little more pep, only because engine strains with air conditioning, but living in New Hampshire, it rarely gets turned on.


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Great little wagon
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By Rod
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1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Wagon


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Bought this car new in 1998. As of June 2011, it has 193,000 miles on it. Only failing were the rear springs at 150K in 2005. Regular maintenance and regular (3K interval) oil changes. Starting to show it's age (some rust), but still gets 29-32 mpg to/from work in mixed highway city driving.


Best Features

Cheap, very reliable and great mileage. MPG today at 193K miles is still better that many new cars today.


Worst Features

No longer made but it could have used more power. AC unit really puts a load on the engine.


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