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#19 of 58 Experince with the 1.9 (150,000 miles of it)
Jun 02, 2000 (2:13 am)
In a few words:
A bit noisy, not much power (88 hp) but good low end torque; great fuel economy; reliable if taken care of.
I'd recommend the Mazda 1.8 over the 1.9. But it would cost more initially and will need more maintenance (timing belt replacements at 60,000 miles). Slightly less gas mileage but much more fun.
Jun 02, 2000 (11:32 am)
you have 150,000 miles on 1 escort??
if maintained properly mine ought to last another 3.5 years....
when its time to replace it, maybe i will look for a good used escort gt if one can be found.. .
#21 of 58 spectre3
Jun 04, 2000 (1:25 am)
I had 158,000 miles on a 91 Tracer, which is mechanically identical to the Escort. I sold it to a relative about 1.5 years ago and it's still going.
I always took good care of it, changed the oil every 3000 miles. It was a good reliable car for me. It wasn't he most fun to drive (having the 5 speed helped) but it got me around.
If I had known how long I was going to keep it, I might have spent the extra money to get the 1.8. The problem was, when I bought it the only way to get it was to go with the Tracer LTS, which was about $2,500 more than the regular Tracer. That seemed like a lot of money at the time.
Jun 04, 2000 (2:19 pm)
thanks for the insight.
i maintain my vehicles very well and
i hope this escort serves me as well as your tracer did. being forced to commute 100 miles per day since my job relocated, fuel economy and practicality was my reason for buying this car.
39 - 43 mpg is the norm for me , also with the 5 speed transmission. i plan to have ford add on cruise soon, then maybe i can relax a little on the interstate.
#23 of 58 spectre3
Jun 05, 2000 (1:40 am)
I did a long commute for a while in my Tracer - about 80 miles one way for 5 months. Mine had cruise, and it was nice to have. You don't necessarily have to have a Ford dealer install cruise on your car. You can get an aftermarket unit installed that works great for a lot less than a dealer would charge.
If you keep the car long enough, I'd recommend having the timing belt replaced around 100,000 miles. On my Tracer, the manual didn't ever say it needed changing, but I had it done anyway. I took a look at the belt after it was done and it needed it. Another relative of mine has a 92 Escort and he didn't change his belt and it broke. It didn't cause any engine damage but it left his wife & 2 kids stuck in a dead car in rush hour Chicago traffic.
Jun 05, 2000 (11:27 am)
i did see in my owners manual that it didn't say when to change the timing belt on the 1.9 engine... i did actually change it at 62,000 miles out of ignorance, because i had no idea how long it would go before the belt broke.
i use to have an 86 escort, and its belt went almost exactly at 62k. i understand the belt in the 95 has a round tooth design, which may help increase the number of miles you get before it goes.
i had inquired in several ng's about timing belt longevity, i wanted to know what was the normal belt replacement interval before i started to commute this last may, but received no clear answer. thank you!
i will be piling up the miles on this car, but i may wait a little longer the next time before changing the timing belt again..
i actually replaced my waterpump along with the belt, because it was a semi-seized water pump that took out the 1st belt in my 86 escort, a few years ago.
i guess i was afraid that the timing belt in this escort would break in the middle of our indiana winter,, leaving me stranded on the interstate ..
btw, if you are from the chicago area, we may be neighbors as the crow flies anyway. i am from marion indiana and have to drive to fort wayne to work every day. approx 50 miles one way.
your handle is interesting, if dhoff is short for hoffman then we may have the same ancestry somewhere, my last name is huffman.
it has been nice talking with you, i will check into the aftermarket cruise as an option to the ford installed item. (400.00+).
#25 of 58 wish I had mine still
Jul 26, 2000 (6:55 pm)
I had a 91 gt I sadly traded away three years ago! I had replaced the transmission after losing
synchronizer rings at 100K, a new radiator and timing belt also, but that car hummed! Fast,
could carry lots of stuff, great in the winter.
Had 120K when I got rid of it. I regret that day.
Sep 02, 2000 (6:53 pm)
I'm the original owner of a '91 Escort GT with 92,000 miles. Haven't had any major problems and have done very little maintenance except for regular oil changes. Since it is now our familys 2nd car, only put about 6,000 miles/yr on it. Would like to keep for another 3-4 years, but don't know what type of "preventative maintenance" I should take now to avoid troubles. Also would appreciate any info on the types of potential problems I should prepare for with a car of this age and mileage.
#27 of 58 Davescar
Sep 06, 2000 (5:43 pm)
Have you changed the timing belt yet? If not, you are overdue. Get that done, and have the water pump and accessory belts replaced at the same time. You might want to have the coolant changed also.
The big thing is to regularly change the oil, which you are doing. Other than the things mentioned earlier, fix problems as they occur and the car should last a long time.
#28 of 58 94 Escort Auto Trans Problems
Dec 02, 2000 (7:38 am)
My 94 Escort has 133k miles and now the tranmission does not downshift unless manually
done plus the torque converter slips.How much
should it cost for a rebuilt transmission including labor.The other option is a good used one.Has anyone gone through this before.