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#135 of 432 99 Ford escort horror story
Apr 15, 2000 (4:46 am)
I bought my 99 Escort wagon in Sept of 99. In october of 99 is when my car started having problems. The thermostat wasnt working....In other words...I had no Heat. To make a long story short, my car has been in the shop 7 times, has recieved 7 thermostats, 1 brand new engine, and a new air conditioning compressor. Can Everyone say LEMON??????I have drivin a ford taurus more times than I have driven my ford escort, (loaner cars).
It is just recently (this week) that Ford has finally decieded to buy back my car and let me pick a new one. I have decieded to pick a 2000 Focus since ford doesnt make escort wagons anymore. Not only has It been an inconvenience, but now its costing me an extra 1000.00 to upgrade. The lemon law in New Jersey is 3 times fixing the problem or 18000 miles or 2 years, which ever comes first. So if you are having problems with ford, dont wait 7 months like I did, fight after the third time and Ford will eventually cave in. Im very upset because this is my 4th escort and I have never had any problems. I guess this has made up for all the other cars.
#136 of 432 escort wagon roof rack
Apr 17, 2000 (4:46 pm)
I am considering purchasing a 1997 Ford Escort Wagon. It is a 5 speed with 26,509 miles on it. The only thing I don't like is that it was a fairly base model when new so it has no roof rack. Does anyone know if I could get one put on it and if so for how much? Thanks
#137 of 432 smell from a/c vent
Apr 17, 2000 (7:37 pm)
In mar 99, I bought an escort wagon, 1999/ll864 miles. thought it was a good buy, fought with the dealer and ford for a year, On Mar 9 ,2000, it was declared a lemon & b ought back by ford, had to repay me all moneys & money I had paid loan co. just a bad smell from a/c vents. NOT!!
Apr 17, 2000 (7:38 pm)
excuse me, it was an 1997 wagon
#139 of 432 '95 Escort Wagon
Apr 18, 2000 (8:39 pm)
Getting ready to say good-bye to my '95 wagon, purchased 12/95 used, but still under factory warranty. She now has over 92,000 miles on her with only a major transmission meltdown at exactly 60k. Currently, the problem is as follows:
There appears to be some sort of intermittent problem with the starter. Shortly after I had the transmission work completed, it simply would not start/turn over without encouragement on rare occasions. Finally, it became more and more frequent and then wouldn't start, so into the dealership she went. Of course, she started for them under all conditions and she was given a clean bill of health. Since then, it takes even more fiddling to make her start when she won't (i.e., pressing and holding the brake, putting it into neutral), and additionally, it will now turn over but not catch without lightly pumping the gas pedal or the previously mentioned tricks above. Any ideas?
Additionally, ever since I had the timing belt replaced in '98 or '97, the check coolant light has remained illuminated. The only time that it went out was when I had a new battery dropped into her, and then it illuminated again after the transmission work. Mind you, she needs no coolant, so just some weird wiring going on, I would suppose.
In spite of all that, I'd still recommend her; she's done right by me.
#140 of 432 funny story
Apr 20, 2000 (11:59 pm)
about three weeks ago I bought a desk at Staples. I had to use the racks on my 93 escort wagon. When I slid the desk on the racks for the first time ever, I have never put anything on them I turn to my wife infront of the employee helping me pick it up and I said to her: "Honey, we finally get to use your racks". (It's her car). I had to appologize for about an hour. Oops. Anyways, I just bought a 2000 Escort ZX2 thanks to the advise of the ZX2 bulletin on Edmunds. Let me just tell you it does not feel as solid as my 93 escort. I do not think it is going to last as long.
#141 of 432 Response to 144
Apr 21, 2000 (7:10 pm)
I'm about two weeks off from making the same choice, ron. I would expect that the feel of a subcompact would differ greatly than that of a wagon. What do you mean exactly when you say that it doesn't "feel as solid?" I'm going for a test drive this weekend myself, so we'll see.
Apr 21, 2000 (10:16 pm)
What I mean by solid is quality. I already had to take the XZ2 to the dealer they missed a pin that holds the brake pedal in place. I also have more wind noise that the 93 escort did not show when new. the transmission has kicks in when cold. I am starting to get scared. The Zetec engine though is really nice compared to my 1.9 in the 93 escort, but will it wear off faster?
#143 of 432 Is a '92 Wagon with 60K & $2700 a good deal?
Apr 29, 2000 (7:08 am)
Hi! I'm new to the list and was wondering if someone could help me with a decision: We are considering by a '92 Escort Wagon which has 60K miles on it. They are offering it for $2700. I "Blue Booked" it and it lists for around $3500. I am concerned about potential maintenance problems. My sense is that the 60K miles was mostly city driving which makes me wary. Does anyone have any advice? We need to make a decision on the car in the next couple of days, so it would be helpful if I could get some of your expert opinions!!!
#144 of 432 Wagon questions
Apr 29, 2000 (2:11 pm)
I am thinking about getting used '93-'96 Escort/Tracer Wagon, so I got a couple of questions.
1. I've heard that some models have motorized seatbelt and some don't. Is it true (hate it)? Is it a standart equipment or an option? Can it be changed to usual three-point seatbelt?
2. Is it true that airbag became standard only in 1994?
3. Were any wagons built with 1.8DOHS from Mazda?