1997 Ford Escort User Reviews

1997 Ford Escort Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 39 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"cheap car" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"weak power" 2 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

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1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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Exceptional reliability, good gas mileage, great commuter car

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No performance car, but not meant to be

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Solid, Reliable Transportation — This has been one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. purchased it with ~30,000 miles on it, and it just passed 203,000 last week. No major issued with the car, transmission and engine are strong and the car does not use any oil still. Wish they still made cars like this, cheap, affordable, and reliable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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comfort...

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maintainance...

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A Nice Car To Drive To Enjoy But Maintainace Shuld Be Done Gud — performance is little bit dull as its old maintainance cost is little high as the model has stopped i like its appearance...mileage is gud compared to modern day cars i enjoy driving my car bcaus it s FORD...:D

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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Good fuel economy, good build quality

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poor acceleration, hard to enter and exit

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Decent Little Car With Good Fuel Economy That Makes A Great Work Car Or First Car For A Teenager. — This was my first car. It belonged to my dad who had it for 10 years and then gave it to me once I recieved my license. Overall it was a good little car. There were never any major problems with it. It was not a very fun car to drive at least for me as I found it to be too small and had trouble getting out of it. It did have poor acceleration but it was a 4 cyl. so you can't expect much from it. Even though I did not care for the it did save my life when I was rear-ended by and 18-wheeler and pushed through an intersection. The car was totaled but it had a good 11 years of service to my family.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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for a laugh

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everyone looks

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Good And Bad At Same Time — turbo diesel with dump valve, cheap to run, lowered suspension, handles well, never let me down, moon miles, 16 inch tyre chewer, crap brakes but good hand brake, loads of fun to drive apart from gettin pulled by the fuzz

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon Review
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no reason

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no reason

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Smooth Sailing — I've had this car sence i was 15. and the only complaint i've had was that its not fast enough.but owell it was free and have had some great times in this old beast.love this car could never get rid of it...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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reliabe econo- car

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not an easy car to work on

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Owning A Escort Is Like Eating At Denny's. No Body Plans To Eat There, You Just Kinda End Up There. — it's pretty good, roughly 650km/ 45L tank, the design has it's pro's and con's, the thing is built to last, no rust issues yet, quite spacey inside, problem area's are the bubbly design style Ford aimed for in the late 90's makes it frustrating to replace the centre unit, also the engine is very tight, making it hard to work on.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Strong power; Fun to drive; Nice used price

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Weak design; Some plastics; Not comfortable

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If The Focus Is The Beauty, The Escort Is The Beast... — Strong as a little european muscle car! If you accelerate after 2000rpm, it goes like a rocket! So it's fun to drive. It has good handling, better than Focus Sportvan. And it's enconomical... Downsides? It's not very beautiful, in and out. Not comfortable either. People says this engine is not reliable but I've been 2 years with this car, run a lot with it and it was all right...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon Review
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Cud take a beating

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Dont have it anymore

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If U Like This Car, U Need To Be Commited. — Basic performance, decent build, shabby apperance, cheap to run, no fun factor!! It was a handy vehcile for driving between airdrie and dundee, plus with it being an estate, it had plenty of room. On the gud side it was cheap to run and maintain, and the fact i didnt care what happened to it meant i cud do anything with it!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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everything

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Excellent Car,cant Go Wrong With A Ford — love this car...summer comes, down goes the roof...blast some sounds and away we go....cheap to repair and really good on petrol,the roof has never leaked on me and also was worried i would be able to hear the road noise due to it being a soft top but no really quite.....excellent all round car,would def buy another one....LOVE IT

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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Good quality, great gas mileage

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Very heavy, not enough power off the line

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Dependable And Cost-saving Car. — Great quality and very little spent in repairs on the car considering its age. The acceleration sucks, braking is good and it handles pretty well, even in bad weather. Its a manual transmission, so that makes it fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Ford Escort Reviews

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2001 Ford Escort Reviews

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2000 Ford Escort Reviews

Its Fun. By Hettboy

It looks good for what's about to happen to it. For a car with one seat and no interior I guess its comfortable. It has some rust under the doors. I plan on welding some metal in there when I build th... Read More

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Appearance- Ugly Performance- Handles well, Brakes well, Overall not bad Cost of ownership- Gas amazing, maintenance not TOO much Build Quality- Needed some general repairs Fun Factor- Decent Great ca... Read More

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1999 Ford Escort Reviews

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This car gets you from A to B nothing special or fancy. It does the job.Does pretty good on gas,Has decent amount of foot room,nice size trunk.It just isnt very fast takes forever just to leave the li... Read More

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