1998 Ford Escort Consumer Review: Good, but watch out

1998 Ford Escort - Consumer Review

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

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Good, but watch out
By wingchunner on


1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Hot 2dr Coupe


I didn't like the way the automatic
transmission shifted. It handles and
responds well, but because of the
lightness of the car, it is affected
by wind which at times makes it a
little more difficult to control.
Changing the serpantine belt is a
little coslty .I thought there was a
squeecking noise which I thought was
the belt (not), then they thought
something was rubbing against the
transmission, so that was pulled (not
that either), so the mechanic believes
that the crankshaft is somehow getting
out of kilter or the bearing might be
worn wrong. It will cost over two
grand to replace the engine or repair
the crankshaft.

Best Features

looks, gas mileage, fold down back seats gave access to trunk, tight turning raidus,

Worst Features

better support in seats, better sights to gauges (had to duck to see through the steering wheel to see my speed limit. better crankshaft or bearings that hold the crank. More room around the engine. Somebody has to have a better system for mounting license plates, too!
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By night_rider19
on 06/02/11 09:46 AM (PDT)

sounds like you are getting ripped off by your mechanic

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