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#16 of 432 ltaiz
Feb 18, 1998 (10:25 pm)
Hi, I'm really appreciating the discussion of Escort Wagons. In the past I owned a 1978 Corolla wagon which I LOVED, it took a licken and kept on ticken. Back in the 1970s I owned Fords (1960s Fairlanes and an Econoline Van) both of which I also found to be very reliable. Right now I need to buy a run-about-town wagon and I want to stay under $3500. In looking at the ads I see that I can see that the latest model escort wagon I can afford is 1993 but the Toyotas (mostly Tercel Wagons) are in my price range are 1986-87. Any opinions on which would be a better choice, given my limitations. Thanks.
Feb 19, 1998 (2:39 am)
I'm considering the purchase of a'91 escort wagon.
The proverbial little-old-lady-driven-only-on-Sundays car. 66,000 mi auto, air, the whole shebang. $2700.00! Wow! The only problem is the trans. I've had an '87 Mazda 626 and a '91 Escort 2 door (both with the same trans), and they were nothing but trouble. Loved the cars, hated the transmission. Is the automatic transmission different on the wagon? (Please tell me yes.)
Feb 19, 1998 (2:45 am)
By the way, I've had a couple of accidents in my '91 2 door escort in its long 217,000 mile lifespan (the last one killed it) and in each of them it did exactly what it was supposed to do: Crumple up like an accordian. Car looks like hell, everybody fine. What more can you ask for? I don't know how much you can extrapolate this onto a wagon,
Mar 01, 1998 (1:26 pm)
My 1993 Escort has been great since I bought it used 1.5 years ago with under 50,000 miles. I drive 120 miles a day and now have 86k miles on it. I'm surprized at how reliable it is, but Consumer Reports reliability gives it an average rating.
I have towed a small trailer with it. The vehicle came with a hitch. No problem, though I would not think about towing over 1,500 lbs.
I'm looking for a newer vehicle that has good utility and a quieter ride. The Escort is no Civic, but Honda doesn't make a Civic wagon!
Does anyone have any experience with the 97' wagon? Is it significantly better. I'd be interested in one at the right price. Given their depreciation, a new one is not an option. I'd even take a 5-speed, which no one seems to like in these cars.
#20 of 432 lylej
Mar 04, 1998 (3:39 am)
I am thinking of buying a new 98 escort wagon. I can drive on out of the lot for around $17,500 Cdn. Can anyone who has recently purchased a new wagon, send me their comments?
Mar 09, 1998 (7:35 pm)
I, too, would be interested in someone's experience with the newer Escort wagon. I bought a 93 wagon, and the only problem I ever had with it was a bad alternator that was replaced under warranty. That thing started at 25 below in cold up-state New York winters, and has always run reliably. My wife drives it now and has never had any problems. I think the only work I've done on it (besides having the front quarter panel repaired from an accident) has been replacing light bulbs for the brake/reverse lights.
It'd be really nice if the newer models had the same reliability. Depreciation isn't a concern for me since I like to keep cars until they die. (Unless, of course, they're problem ridden 95 Neons.....;^)
#22 of 432 1995+1997 Escort Wagons
Mar 17, 1998 (12:16 am)
We have both these wagons; the 95 with 55k miles the 97 with 10k.They were both trouble free and both had 2 drivers--regular oil changes help but after Honda's and VWs their reliability was better than expected.We paid $11600. for the 95 (new) and $13475.for the 97 in Sept 97.The latter included a $1000.Ford rebate.The 97 has a much more power than the 95 but both are Ok on the highway and great in the city stop and go, where speed and acceleration are less important.
Mar 27, 1998 (11:00 pm)
If you are going to or have paid $ 17,500 for
a 1998 Escort Wagon, that's way!!!! too much.
I'd only pay about $ 15,000 Max. with all the options you can think of. With the rebates that
Ford has going just about all the time and about
$ 100 - $ 200 over invoice for the
Escort you should be out the door. The salesmen
should've only had to spend about 1-2 hrs.
deciding on color, etc. Fast and efficient for you. Quick money for the dealership. Check out
any and all avenues for cheaper pricing before
purchasing. When I had my 1993 Escort wagon, I
was out the door within two (2) hours at the
dealership. Pretty painless overall. Good luck.
I'd pay an extra $ 1,000 extra if Ford could
develop a comparable, efficient, reliable AWD
system for the Escort Wagon to compete with
Subaru AWD systems. Imagine leaving the Ford
dealership in an AWD Escort Wagon w/Duratec
engine (125 H.P.) and Sport Pkg.., etc. for about
$ 17,000. I believe the market share to be there.
I'll bet, Ford, if desired could have this out in
18 mos. and sell as many of those as regular FWD
#24 of 432 $200 over invoice
Apr 04, 1998 (3:23 pm)
$200 over invoice for a new Escort--I don't think so. I just bought my new 97 Escort wagon for $2,600 UNDER invoice. The deals are out there, especially if you are willing to talk to a lot of sales folks at several dealerships.
Apr 08, 1998 (2:09 pm)
I agree wholeheartedly. Under invoice good....
Over invoice bad. Speaking from experience on
the recently traded 93' Escort: $ 100.00 over
invoice with a $ 300.00 rebate to boot. Kind'uv
redundant, but turned out to be a good deal at
The deals are out there, just look. Particularly
with slower selling models.