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#22 of 432 1995+1997 Escort Wagons
Mar 16, 1998 (11:16 pm)
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 (10:00 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 (2:23 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 (1:09 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.
May 05, 1998 (8:37 pm)
Hi, I'm new to this thing and am considering buying a 1998 Escort wagon. I want manual trans--anybody got one and want to comment on how it's working out? Also, any real reason to buy a 1998 over a 1997 that is also new? I'd like anti-lock brakes but I'm not sure if a 97 has such a thing.
#27 of 432 sulli
May 06, 1998 (1:53 am)
I'd like to hear from owners of 93 escort LX wagon. How's it doing? Any trouble? rust, mechanical, etc.? asap, please!
May 06, 1998 (3:50 am)
To: kmbooth (message 25) especially
Hi. I bought a 98 wagon with manual transmission last December. It now has about 11,000 kilometers (about 7,000 miles) and runs fine. The only problem I got, and still have, is the variable intermittent wipers (the delay changes by itself). This is my third Escort (a 91 wagon, a 95 hatchback GT, this 98 wagon). The 95 GT was more fun to drive but the ABS brakes stopped working after 18 months and the dealer wasn't able to fix them after almost a year of repeated visits. My new 98 is loaded, _without_ the optional ABS brakes... Differences between the 1997 and 1998? As far as I know, the choice of colors and the unavailability of a tachometer. I didn't like the idea of getting a manual transmission without the tach, but I got used to it. Would I buy it again? Yes. Good luck.
May 07, 1998 (9:13 pm)
To nrcote: thanks for your info. Can I ask how much you paid for a "loaded" 98 in December?
Do you have any idea if this is a typical problem with ABS on Fords? Anybody else know? I don't want to spend the dough on them if they are sure to break!
May 08, 1998 (2:20 am)
To Karen (kmbooth; message 28)
I paid $16,500 Canadian before taxes but including dealer prep, in December 97. The car has all the options _except_ automatic transmission, mags, baby seat (built in the rear seat), premium stereo and, of course, ABS. It has the regular AM-FM Cassette with 4 speakers, air, power group (mirrors, windows, locks), remote lock/unlock, alarm system, wagon group (roof rack and rear window wiper), tilt, cruise, cargo cover, carpets, smoker pack (an ashtray and a lighter!) and light group.
The price I paid is low (at least in Canada) because Ford agreed to sell me the car at dealer's cost when they couldn't fix the ABS on my 95 GT. Ford bought my car back for a little over $10,000 Canadian.
When I checked with the CAA (the Canadian AAA), before accepting Ford's offer, I was told the price of the new 98 was very close to the dealer's cost (a difference of $50) and the price of the old 95 was fair (the 95 cost me $17,000 and I got $10,000, or almost 60%, for a 40% depreciation in 3 years.) In the end, I feel I was treated fairly. Going to court would have been costly and painful (yes, I spoke to a lawyer).
Regarding ABS problems on the Escort, it seemed so few of them were equipped with it that it made the problem worse (in 95, only the GT could be ordered with ABS). And it's not because Ford didn't try to fix them. Sensors were replaced, master pump was replaced, central module was replaced, in some cases more than once. Even the wiring was checked and replaced: I saw my car stripped of all its inside (seats, dashboard, carpets, etc.) and parts of the engine (air conditioning, braking system, etc.) twice! To think it takes you 4 years to pay for it and to see it on blocks with half the parts missing isn't something I will remember with great pleasure!
A last good word for Ford: all the time my car was in the shop (once for two months), I got a loaner for free. I got to drive a Taurus (with which I was rear ended on the freeway: solid car), a few Escorts (of course) and a Windstar (for more than a month; I just loved that van).
That's about it. Sorry for the long message. NRC.
May 08, 1998 (3:51 pm)
Don't apologize for the long message! Thanks for taking the time to tell about your experience. It's nice to hear something good came out of a painful situation.