1998 Ford Escort Consumer Review: Useful & reliable

1998 Ford Escort - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

120 Total Reviews

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Useful & reliable
By Boston driver on


1998 Ford Escort SE 4dr Sedan


Bought this car new in 98. It's been very reliable and a great city car for maneuvering and parking and mileage. Decent pickup with the five-speed manual. Wet-road handling got better with new tires at 50k. The trunk opening is very small, but with the back seats down you can stuff a lot in. E- brake is starting to fail at 73k.

Best Features

Pickup and gas mileage. A/C works great.

Worst Features

You can only open the trunk with the key or the keyring clicker (no in-car lever), and the clicker won't work with the engine running, so you have to shut the engine off to open the trunk, which is annoying.
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