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Ford Escort, Wagon
Aug 25, 1998 (10:44 pm)
I own a 1997 Ford Escort Wagon LX, which I purchased in 1996. It's my first wagon and I love it. Unfortunately, for a family of 4 (which includes two carseats) there isn't much elbow room, especially with talk of more children in the near future. We are looking into purchasing either a minivan or conversion van. So if anyone in Michigan wants to buy a great wagon please contact Sheri at TolandiaCardina.net
Sep 19, 1998 (2:25 am)
mckee. As has already been pointed out, the previous poster's prices were Cdn$ (Canuck bucks).
jfs. The Sept. 1997 Consumer Reports had a review of 5 wagons: Ford Escort, Subaru Legacy, Ford Taurus, Subaru Impreza, Volvo V70. An eclectic mix to say the least.
The average car has fewer "sample defects" (i.e. obvious ones, right from the factory) and better reliability than the average car of 10-15 years ago. So, yes indeed, even owning a newer car, with average reliability can be a step up.
Oct 12, 1998 (2:41 pm)
Edmund's info and review for the 1999 Ford Escort Wagon is now available!
1999 Ford Escort SE Wagon
Oct 27, 1998 (12:50 pm)
#0 of 1: TAHURD (tahurd) Mon 26 Oct '98 (08:20 PM)
We've had our 94' Escort for about 5 months now
and I'm pretty happy, but maybe you can help with
these two strange things: The vehicle BEEPS at me
whenever I open a door. No key in the ignition,
she just beeps until all the doors are
rear passenger doors. Does yours work this way?
Also, the AC works beautifully (altho a power
drain), but I can't seem to locate a setting for
airflow that is not chilled. I'd just like air
blown in and not run the AC. Isn't this doable?
Something's not workin', eh? Any
suggestions/comments greatly appreciated.
Oct 28, 1998 (6:42 am)
I wonder, along with Shelleyk, about the escort wagon....I loved the passat, but realistically, both the car, and insurance are far more costly with the vw than the ford. Big Bummer.
I thnik there is probably no real way to compare these two cars, however, does the escort seem like it will be a reliable...not in the shop, tough car. We are good about the regular maintainence stuff.....
also, if buying from a fleet saleman, and buying a new '98 (big rebate...supposedly no updates from to the '99 besides new colors maybe-is this true?) what would a good price be approx....for a manual?
thanks for any help!
#50 of 432 abc4
Oct 31, 1998 (2:24 am)
We own a 1993 Ford Escort LX wagon. We bought It new. It has been very reliable. It has always started during our cold New England winters and is a very versitle little wagon. I agree with Mckee4 about the idea of the Escort having AWD like the Subuarus. Maybe the new Focus will have that as an option. Has anybody heard any news about Ford putting AWD on their cars? Thanks.
Nov 02, 1998 (3:05 am)
Im starting the process of replacing my 96 Escort
Wagon because of collision damage.
What other wagons are comparable in
terms of size , performance , safety and price ?
Would appreciate inputs.
Nov 06, 1998 (2:41 am)
If you were happy with you 96 Escort wagon, how about a 98-99 Escort wagon. Pretty good review in the Sept. '97 Consumer Reports. Let me know if you can't find it at your local public library, I'll mail you a photocopy (RDeschenerecorder.ca).
The review is for the 1997 redesign which, by the way, has a more powerful engine so performance should be improved. From everything I've heard so far, though, fuel economy is still quite good.
The 1999 Suzuki Esteem might be worth a look, as it's engine has been upgraded. I haven't spoken to any recent Hyundai owners, but I do recall the Hyundai Pony being abysmal!
Jan 06, 1999 (6:25 am)
I work as a courier and have driven many Ford Escorts over 100K miles, Im curently driving a 98 with 35 k on it. We have a 97 Model at work that allready has 98K on it. The 97 and newer Escorts are much improved. The power now is almost adequite the previous models where real lacking in this area. The build quality is noticeably improved. The ride and handling has also improved. No real major complaints from Co workers. I think Ford did a good job on Re Engineering from the previous model. These cars are a pretty good value for the money. If your lookin for a low priced economy car.
#54 of 432 94 Escort Wagon report
Feb 12, 1999 (3:24 pm)
I've had my 94 wagon for five years now. Just went over 70,000 miles, and so far no major problems at all. Seems that the auto transmission may need some attention, as it doesn't like to stay in overdrive during even modest acceleration at 40+ mph, and constantly downshifts. But otherwise, it's been a really good commuter car, and I it's been great for trips to Home Depot hauling 8 foot lumber, mattresses, top soil and mulch.