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Ford Escort, Hatchback
#39 of 58 200,000 miles
Apr 14, 2001 (6:35 am)
My first escort was a 91 2 door 5 speed I bought it with 120,000 miles on it $500.It needed an alternator. I treated the engine with system 48 and changed oil every 4000 miles. The only thing I ever put into it were brakes and tires. A hail storm cracked the windshield and I decided to quit driving it at 201,000 miles. It never used any oil between changes and as far as I know had original clutch , water pump, timing belt etc. I never changed them in the 80,000 miles I put on it. The car would get 40 mpg on trips. I now have a 1992 escort wagon with auto transmission I get 35 mpg on trips and the timing belt did break at 130,000 miles I replaced the water pump at the same time and should be good for another 70k. My daughter has a 1994 4 door automatic. My wife is purchasing a 1997 tracer . love these cars.
#40 of 58 timing belts and water pumps
Apr 26, 2001 (4:38 pm)
you have to remove the water pump to replace the timing belt, so you might as well have it replaced as well. If you overheated your engine then your new timing belt and water pump will be worthless, so make sure your mechanic checks the engine compression BEFORE installing the new parts. If the belt is broken, you can turn the cam to a point where all valves are closed and do the compression check that way. If worse comes to worse, check engine rebuilders in your area because the Escort 1.9L engine is one of the cheaper ones, for example at one shop here in Dallas you can have a freshly rebuilt 1.9L Escort engine installed for $1145, but I think that may be the older (81-90) style.
#41 of 58 Help with a 93 Escort, 5 speed 1.9lt
May 07, 2001 (8:22 pm)
We have 93 Escort that we purchased new.(67500miles)It recently developed a rattle when the clutch was disengaged. After a few days it began to rattle all the time. Sounded like marbles in the transmission. To make a long story short I replaced the TO bearing. The old one was bad. For a few weeks things were fine, now the noise is back. Can you provide any direction. If the TO.. was not the only problem what else should I look for?
#44 of 58 Hi Folks- Ford Escort History
Feb 22, 2002 (8:11 am)
It was once dubbed Ford's "World Car" but now it's part of world history. Gone but not forgotten, read about how this nameplate carried the Ford compact car banner for 20 years only to be replaced by that cross-pond rival, the Focus.
Here's the full story from Edmunds' Generations section: A Ford Escort/Mercury Tracer History, by John DiPietro. Let us know what you think.
A 1991 Ford Escort GT (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company)
Thanks for your comments.
Hatchbacks & Station Wagons Boards
#45 of 58 88' Escort LX Hatchback
Jun 02, 2002 (8:13 pm)
We use to have an Escort LX. We drove it in the harsh winters of North Dakota (we later moved) and the hot summers of Alabama before that. It was an economical car and when we moved to Wisconsin, I cried because we sold our most dependable car we had ever had (it still holds my title of best dependability) and replaced it with a 97' Honda Accord Special Edition. The Accord needed more repairs than the Escort. All we did on the Escort was normal maintenance and changing the timing belt at 59K miles. On the Accord, we had to get a new Power Door Lock Actuator (what's that) and it broke down once in our driveway. Sounds like we should have bought a 97' Escort instead. My kid drives in 6 years and we think we'll be handing the keys of either a Mini Cooper or a Ford Focus to him.
#46 of 58 My Escort.....
Jul 17, 2002 (9:36 pm)
has about 201,000. Still running well. About the only things that i have put into it is timing belts, alternator, radiator, clutch, battery. And, especially delivering pizzas, brakes. Still getting about 28 MPG city, 37 hwy. Take care, later.
#47 of 58 Ford Escort fault codes
Jul 22, 2002 (1:57 pm)
My son purchased a 96 Escort hatchback privately a month ago. 102k km's. Today the check engine light came on, but the car still runs okay. I've looked on the internet for a gizmo to read the fault codes, but it seems like they are for 1995 and earlier vehicles. For Ford 1996 or newer a code reader seems non-existant. Can someone advise of a code reader that is available within the $$ range for a home mechanic, or of another procedure to get the fault code from the computer?
#48 of 58 93 Escort GT electrical problem
Sep 09, 2002 (2:29 pm)
I own a 93 Ford Escort GT, 1.8 liter, and recently was not able to start the car. The engine turned over but would not start. I was able to determine that I was not getting spark to the plugs or fuel to the cylinders. Has anyone else experienced this. (It's so weird because my Dad had driven the car into our garage without a problem and then the next day it would not turn over.) Could this be a electrical problem? Could this be the failure of the crank shaft sensor?