Sign in | Register | My account |

1997 Ford Escort User Reviews

1997 Ford Escort Review Ratings

  • Review your car

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

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"cheap car" 5 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews
"weak power" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 39 1997 Ford Escort reviews.

Lisa writes:
1997 Ford Escort Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

everything

Cons

nothing

65

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Escort
Looking for a Used Escort in your area?
CarGurus has 590 nationwide Escort listings starting at $997.
ZIP:
cec28007 writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Exceptional reliability, good gas mileage, great commuter car

Cons

No performance car, but not meant to be

cec28007
45

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Josiah writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

no reason

Cons

no reason

35

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Einar writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

beautiful handling

Cons

needs more power

35

Easiest To Work On — Handled beautifully after we picked the Hp up to 140 and put it on 16 inch rims/low profile tires. It´s a good looking car with lots of space for people and golf clubs. Handles great on gravel roads because Ford is a long time competitor in rallying around the globe. Needs more power though like the Escort Cosworth engine

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Kimberley writes:
1997 Ford Escort Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Very fast, ,wrc bodykit, 17" wheels, custom chrome exhaust, one off interior, blue lit dash

Cons

Goes thru wishbones weekly, bumpers hit speed ramps and kerbs

35

My Ford Escort 1.8 Si — jay has modified the engine for performance and it is currently running at 178 bhp, at the flywheel, proven on a rolling road. more gee gee's to come soon, when he gets his remapping software, ;)build quality is pretty good as it is now double seam welded, so its pretty strong no twisting of the chassis round tight fast corners etc. the wishbones wear pretty quickly as you shouldn't go above 15" wheels on the escorts but polyeurethane bushes are being posted out on monday along with an e-tech strut brace to stiffen up the tracking and handling, which is excellent already due to the offset of the rims. the appearance is that of the world rally car cosworth escorts, due to the bodykit, we are spraying the car diamond white soon,(when the WRC spoiler is fitted properly)and adding the series one turbo graphics, for originallity, although we may stick with the repsol graphics, nothing definate there yet. the milage is reasonable depending on driving style speed and distance, at worst probably around 20 mpg, and at best (motorway miles) around 35 mpg. maintained weekly by jay who is a motorsport mechanic with a hell of a lot of experience with fast fords. the car is one big bag of fun, and is known as the scooby slayer, its also beaten cars such as celica vvti's and an audi s3. it kept up with a mazda 350z upto around 135 ;) but i didnt say that :P . its fun because jay was also a motorsport driving instructor while working as a pit mechanic in formula ford and vauxhall, so he has taught me a thing or two about fast driving, handling a car at high speed etc etc... i love it but dont love kerbs:( jay tells me off, lol.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Stacey writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

fast,sticks to road,cheap to insure,easy to clean,gets me from a to b...

Cons

cant have people in the back seats,not unless i wanna loose the exhaust again, thats without it lowered- yet the blokes think it should be??

35

Handles Great At Speeds,(minus The Vibrations Over 100mph),my First Car!!! — Ford Escort Ghia LX,1.8 zetec,17''Alloys low profile tyres,5-door.big fat exhaust,GTI body kit, had new tailgate,back passsenger door,(rust and dent free!!!) plenty of jobs done under the bonnet,lost count of whats been replaced.(comes with its age tho). was completely standard when i brought it.cheap to insure.cant wait to get my next car!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Brandon writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
3

Pros

Good gas milage

Cons

It's purple....

45

It's My Baby! — It has been in my hands for about 5 years now, and it is still going strong! 183,000 miles!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Johnny writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
3

Pros

great mileage

Cons

the engine is guaranteed to drop a valve seat

45

Escorts — AI had a few of these, these are two of them, they work great but they will drop their intake valve seat in the number 4 cylinder after a while and the engine will be severely damaged, but once it is fixed they work well, they get about 35mpg highway, I would make some money, the red one cost 500 and I sold it for 1800 so that was good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Siva writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Interior Space:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
3

Pros

comfort...

Cons

maintainance...

25

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.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Joseph writes:
1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Good fuel economy, good build quality

Cons

poor acceleration, hard to enter and exit

55

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 39 1997 Ford Escort reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

2003 Ford Escort Reviews

exterior is a newer style. interior is nice. not to bad on gas. easy to drive. lately have had problems with steering belts braking and speedometer being 5 miles slower than wat ur acctually going. ov... Read More

Escort Zx2 (lead Footer) By Austin

This car handles nimbly, probably due to the light weight, but the stock tires don't have very much grip and the suspension is soft (when stock). The car is fun to drive on the whole though, especial... Read More

Read all 10 2003 Ford Escort reviews

2002 Ford Escort Reviews

Fun Car By dodgeviper2022

bought this car in 09 and have done very little too it and runs when no one elses will die hard little car and fun to drive looks good going fast have had it to 120 and no problems and fun Read More

Great Little Car By Tedzinski

Love the size...small yet four doors for convience and a suprisingly large trunk. Car is never trouble, I just turn the key and go. Its quieter than my new Focus. Wish Ford had done a little better o... Read More

Read all 12 2002 Ford Escort reviews

2001 Ford Escort Reviews

Good Car By diyfixer

Fuel efficient, good handling, comfortable, decent cheap transportation if you take care of the maintenance. Not many people took care of them and as the are getting usually over 100k miles when you ... Read More

Its A Very Nice Car By Michael

its a pretty good car, but I'm not done with it yet. its performance is excellent, it accelerates and breaks excellently, it handles fairly well, and its fun to drive. its appearance is alright, the o... Read More

Read all 10 2001 Ford Escort reviews

2000 Ford Escort Reviews

Buy It As A Starter Car By Josh

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

Gonna Build Her Again By Chris

this car had a lot of modifications. mainly because stock completely sucked, but modded was a great, fun car. very tough and reliable. looked and sounded great. was expensive to build, but the car was... Read More

Read all 19 2000 Ford Escort reviews

1999 Ford Escort Reviews

The Best Beater. By Don_Blue

It was a car you have to keep your foot all the way down on the pedal to keep up with rest of the people, 17 mpg and never would break down, everything broke off on the inside and the paint would pee... Read More

Dont Like It By Craig

Good on performance low cost repairs low profile good on power great on handling and fuel economy no arm rest no very fun to drive for long periods of time max time for driving at one time is h... Read More

Read all 56 1999 Ford Escort reviews

People researching a 1997 Ford Escort contacted a dealer about

1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan picture, exterior
Ford Escort
15% of the time
Ford Focus
10% of the time
Honda Civic
7% of the time
Toyota Corolla
4% of the time
Escort
Looking for a Used Escort in your area?
CarGurus has 590 nationwide Escort listings starting at $997.
ZIP: