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Ford Escort, Wagon
#1 of 432 Is this a good car?
Dec 18, 1997 (12:29 am)
How is the fuel mileage?
I'm looking to buy a 1994, is that year good?
Dec 18, 1997 (12:01 pm)
Welcome to the Station Wagons Conference, kjkrout.
I am the host here, but I just started so I'm still stumbling around a bit. Have you looked for information in "Used Vehicles"? Also, have you owned other station wagons or is this your first?
#3 of 432 kjkrout
Dec 19, 1997 (11:07 pm)
I've never owned a station wagon before. I just started looking in the used vehicles section.
#4 of 432 mckee4
Dec 22, 1997 (7:23 pm)
Having previously owned a 93' Escort LX wagon,
with 5 spd. and amenities, I can attest to the robust nature of the car. I traded mine in with
almost 94,000 miles on a 97' Nissan Sentra GLE.
I miss the versatility the most. Be warned that
the 1.9 liter is hardy, reasonably reliable, but
noisy even at highway speeds. The fit and finish
are not (or never were) comparable to most foreign
makes. However, despite these flaws you can
probably pick one up for about 3 grand less, used
than a used Corolla wagon.
If you can afford new, I'd check out the Subaru
Impreza or Suzuki Esteem wagon which is getting favorable reviews. The Esteem wagon is a bit
underpowered but more refined than the Ford
wagon. By the way, repair parts for the Escort
can be gotten from just about any AUTOZONE, NAPA,
Etc. not so with some foreign makes. Good Luck.
#5 of 432 kjkrout
Dec 24, 1997 (12:21 am)
Thank for your help.
Is it possible to tell if the Escort has went over 100,000 miles, since the odometer only has 5 digits?
#6 of 432 mckee4
Jan 02, 1998 (3:53 pm)
A good mechanic should be able to tell whether
a car has been used but not abused, i.e. the
odometer. Also, if it looks to good to be true,
then it probably is. A comaparable 1994 Escort
wagon, driven let's say 18,000 miles a year,
should only have about 72,000 miles total. If
there's more ask why. If less then you may assume
that the owner(s) possibly drove less or worse
case, the cars odometer was tampered with. My
advice is, get a good mechanic to give it the once
over before purchasing. The ownwer(s) shouldn't
have a problem with that if they've nothing to hide.
#7 of 432 ollie
Jan 07, 1998 (5:36 am)
I read with interest about the '93 Escort Wagon. I'm looking at the '95 Escort LX wagon. Any info about this one - is it much improved over the '93? I'm wondering if it is reliable, expensive/inexpensive for repairs, mileage good?, etc. Is there a reason the odometer doesn't go over the 100,000 mark?
#8 of 432 jfs
Jan 08, 1998 (2:53 am)
I am interested in the new Escort Wagon. HAs anyone seen a review about it?
Jan 13, 1998 (5:18 pm)
To my knowledge the line of Escort wagons from redesign circa 1992
to 1996 had improvements with each consecutive year. For instance,
the 1994 Escort wagon had, I believe, a driver's side airbag, the 1995
both driver's and passenger's airbags and an interior upgrade.
Each year, most automotive engineers will tweak a couple of little
things even though reviews will mention a 'no changes' year.
I don't think, if this the car you are looking for, you can go
wrong if it's been reasonably well taken care of. Parts are relatively
cheap (except alternators). Alot of the regular service items can
be bought, at savings, from Wal-Mart, Target, etc. I believe, it's safe to assume that the car progressively was made safer and somewhat better each year until the most recent redesign in late 1996 which
is quantumly, for an Escort, better than 91-96 models. Used Escorts
typically do not retain value so beware at trade-in time.
Even though my Escort was running well for a car with 95,000 miles
on it, no-runs, no-drips, no-errors, I only got 75% of what I wanted
for trade-in. Apparently, nobody wants good higher mileage cars.
As a prologue, I have a friend who has a 1988 Mercury Lynx (same as
Escort wagon). His wife has a 1994 Escort wagon. He prefers driving
his 1988 over the newer model, go figure. His little machine, with
regular maintenance just keeps plugging along.
#10 of 432 Georg
Jan 17, 1998 (2:33 am)
Does anyone know how well the Escort Wagons hold up in an accident? I'm thinking of buying one but the sheetmetal seems very flimsy; like you can easily bend it with your fingers. Is the whole car this flimsy?