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Ford Escort, Hatchback
Dec 11, 2000 (12:13 pm)
but it was an 86 escort at that magical 90k mile mark....
holding my fingers now, driving a 95 escort with 78k miles.
#30 of 58 Escort Site
Jan 02, 2001 (8:14 pm)
Someone asked about an escort site, a good one is www.feoa.net. It has a faq and a ubb. Theres also a couple of lists on egroups.
#31 of 58 Trade In Value
Jan 14, 2001 (8:17 am)
I have a '91 Escort LX 2 Door that I am looking to trade in soon. It has 70,000 miles and is in excellent shape interior and exterior(besides a small dent in the left front panel and a few nicks on the doors). I was wondering how much I should expect and/or ask for my trade in? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
#32 of 58 Should I keep it.. ?
Jan 30, 2001 (1:12 pm)
Here's a question -
I've got my old 1993 Escort LX 3DR. Sure, the 1.9 only pumps out 88hp, and it's styling is a little dated, but the car is still reliable. Over the years, I've replaced the engine (at 180,000) and a few clutches. 10 sets of brakes and 6 sets of tires .. 2 complete sound systems.. a few windows.. and just about every body panel. One motorized seat belt and an overpriced plastic radiator added to the list, and I've probably got a total of $18K invested in the car over it's 8 year life.
Through the various accidents, break-ins, vandals, and HARD driving; the car has been operational at least 90% of the time. All the while, costing me less than $.15/mile over it's life.
Now, with a big dent in the rear quarter panel, and oxidized paint, the time has come to make a decision. If I choose to sell the car in it's current condition, I can expect to get around $2K for it. If I choose to fix the car, repairs and paint will cost me around $1500.
Still reliable.. still gets me to the airport on time.. not nearly as much fun to drive as my 2000 Chrysler 300M, but it does have a better sound system.
Of course, if I do keep it, It'll be a different color and I'll be adding GT brakes and all new suspension components.
What do you, my fellow escort owners, think . ?? Your opinions are welcome -
#34 of 58 What did you do
Feb 24, 2001 (12:45 am)
I have 254k on my 94 Escort I got new, same engine, no blow-by. same clutch. same radiator. 3rd set front brakes, same (original) back brakes, not that I over use them.
Sure a couple timing belts & 1 idler, crank damper & alternator (248k). And had to clean the MAF when the car started running rough & burned the plugs & a coil output had to replace the coil of course. And the front calipers.
My car came with the heavier duty brakes, the pads 1/2 again larger everything else is the same.
#35 of 58 High mileage Escorts
Mar 14, 2001 (3:26 am)
I put 212k miles on my 86 Escort (1.9L). Original clutch and engine. I bought this car cheap from a good friend when it had around 100k. Never figured the cost per mile but it must have been incredibly low. After selling the car I only lost 2k on the deal. Repairs were limited to struts, tie rods, front bearings, door handles.
My mother who has a long commute put 225k on an 87 on the original clutch and motor.
Both cars were still running good when sold. The 87 is commuting for a friend who now has 238k on it. It still does not burn any oil between changes, but is rusting badly.
#36 of 58 94 Escort Problem
Mar 26, 2001 (1:06 am)
I have a 94 Escort 4 door LX sedan. I have 130K miles on it. It has been the most reliable car I have ever had. Other than your standard oil changes every 3,000 miles and replacing my timing belt at 60K, I have had no problems. However, the other night, while driving, the "Low Coolant" light came on. The coolant reservoir was bone dry. I put antifreeze in it and filled it up to the top. The light went off. The next day, driving home from work, the car began to overheat. I pulled into the gas station, let it cool off, and put water in the radiator and more antifreeze. I let it cool off and drove it home. The next day, I had to take it in for my scheduled oil change. While taking it in, the mechanic said I needed to fix my water pump because it was leaking and to replace my timing belt because of the miles. They had no availability that day, but I rescheduled for the next Saturday. On the way home that day, my car's engine began to rattle, and it started driving sluggishly. I barely made it over the bridge, and my car ultimately stalled on the side of the exit ramp. This was all happening even though the temperature gauge was still at Normal. I could not start it again, and I had it towed. The question now is, I still owe $1400 on this car, so do I even bother to fix it? Is my car dead? I could get it towed to a mechanic to see if they can fix it. I had planned on getting a newer Escort, preferably a 98 anyways. I just don't see, if I am going to pay $500 to fix it, if it is even worth it. Can I get some advice?
Mar 26, 2001 (3:56 am)
if your water pump siezed it usually takes out the timing belt. it could be all you need to do is replace both..
Apr 06, 2001 (3:33 pm)
I recently took my 95 Escort GT (automatic, only 56,000 miles) to my local Ford Dealer because it was stalling at red lights. It was dying because of a cracked throttle body air tube, but while they had it under the knife, they found a host of other problems. My exhaust manifold was cracked and needed to be replaced (luckily covered under the extended warranty I bought when I purchased the car used 2 years ago). It had also been leaking coolant, and what little was left was rusty and thick. They did a coolant flush to see why and where it was leaking, but found nothing. They told me to keep an eye on the coolant, it could be the head gasket burning it, and he also mentioned possible engine problems, in either case one or the other would need to be replaced. I've only every heard good things about escort's reliability, so I was a little surprised so much was so wrong at 56k. I love my little white pocket-rocket, but if this is just a taste of what's to come, I think I should get rid of it before my extended warranty is up. This was three weeks ago, and the car is actually running better than ever, and the coolant hasn't leaked so maybe I'm out of the woods. Has anyone else had similar problems with the GT or any advise?