1998 Ford Escort User Reviews

1998 Ford Escort Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 83 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 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" 43 reviews
"power" 32 reviews
"ride" 28 reviews
"reliable car" 15 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
CONS
"power" 14 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"transmission" 4 reviews
"brakes" 4 reviews

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griffinblak writes:
1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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4

Pros

Good MPG, sound suspension, tires last

Cons

weak horsepower, heater takes a while to warm up

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Good Solid Affordable Driving Car — I appreciate the good mpg. With a mix of highway and city driving I'm always around 28-30 mpg. Straight highway pushing 60-70mph it puts out about 32mpg. Low maintenance, reliable car. It maintains tires very well compared to other cars

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matthew writes:
1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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nice reliable family car

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no complaints

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Reliable And Handles Fine In The Now With Front Wheel Drive — It seats four adults comfortably and makes a statement for a reliable car. In appearance i believe the 1998 ford escort blends in admirably yet holds a distinctive look in appearance that slightly stands out better than the other four door sedans in its class. It has an about average mile per gallon for it's year and make starting around 28 to 30 miles per gallon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Josh4239 writes:
1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe Review
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Excellent handling, reliable, 32+ mpg

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Weak ATX, seats are a little high

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More For Your Money — quick acceleration, (7.4 )0-60, handling above average 4 cyl, solid build and only needs to be maintained, owned car for 3 years only spent around 800$ on total repairs. Average mpg was 30-32. The interior is good quality and really only suffers with the back seats which are small like any other coupe Very weak automatic transmission, exterior styling is 90's and shows it.

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CarGirlReviews writes:
1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

Pros

Cheap,
Lasts forever (12-15 years)
Great, great gas miles
Small but tall people fit in it fine.
Seats fold down and fit a bike in there somehow
Nice desgin
Strong paint
Manaual windows  -yes that's a plus for safety!!!

Cons

Greedy company won't make it anymore
Transmission switch goes on every car they say, but it's not an expensive repair
Not for people who like speed, but then again we don't like those type of people on the road
Also does not accelerate very fast, which is not good in an emergency

CarGirlReviews
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Economical, Clean, Low Cost Repairs, Great Engine And Transmission — Bought this car in 2001 in Ohio, I think it had about 60K on it. Worked like a charm with low maintenance. No frills, manual windows. Simple and clean, plaint lasted forever and shiny even though it was never in the garage. Got about 34 miles a gallon. Junked it in early 2012 because the undercarriage started to rust and they said the parts would fall off eventually and not be held togehter wll. Mechanic said I should have done a better job of washing the undercarriage on a regular basis at a car wash, and I only did it four times total ever since I had it, so he was right. Not sure if that was the only cause but oh well. The only repairs for 11 years were in 2005 a trasnmission switch (but not the transmission itself) they say always fails in those cars for $700 including labor, a new radiator for $400, and some type of loud notice in the muffler pipe for $500. Other items were regular maintenance of couse. Power steering belt of comonent died in 2010 but the car drove fine with out it manually since I am a fit female in my early 30s turning a stiff wheel was not all that hard. didn't have money for repairs. In 2009 the struts and springs kept giving problems once a year, $900 for that and 800 again in 2011. It may have been my fault, I don't think I had my tires rotated enough and it threw the car balance off. I assumed the oil change shop was doing it for me, I didn't know much about cars as I know now. In 2012 it stopped working at 189K becaue it needed a feul pump and components for $800 so I said forget it the underside is rusting and the struts and shocks keep going and junked it. Since most of the things could have probably been prevented I say it's a great car. Started up and ran no matter how cold it was and seems like it was easily cured with fluid. Engine and transmission still strong and perfect the day I junked it. Too bad the body went bad! Hope this post helps others learn a little more about cars. Too bad they don't sell it anymore, because it lasts long which I guess is the reason they don't offer it due to their greed, you won't need a car for about 10 years if not 15 with perfect maintenance you have this one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cameron writes:
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Station wagon

Cons

Station wagon, auto transmission.

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Good Transport So Far. — I goes... reliable, not too exciting, but no bad surprises... Cheap to own, engine light still on, but it aced its e-test anyway. Water in trunk was leaking in through a rotted marker lamp assembly seal, creating a pond in the spare tire well and a mouldy stench only days after I first purchased it. Sealing the assembly solved the problem.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Steven writes:
1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

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very safe, great MPG's, fun

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could use a v8 but cant we all?

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My Life Saver — Screw the looks and performance i'd like to see anyone else get in a wreak at about 75-80 mph on the highway and get nailed by a mustang head on and survive this car saved mine and my best friends life. call it an emotional attachment but it was godsend to me for a reason. loved my little red scort

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bought this car in 2001 in Ohio, I think it had about 60K on it. Worked like a charm with low maintenance. No frills, manual windows. Simple and clean, plaint lasted forever and shiny even though it was never in the garage. Got about 34 miles a gallon. Junked it in early 2012 because the undercarriage started to rust and they said the parts would fall off eventually and not be held togehter wll. Mechanic said I should have done a better job of washing the undercarriage on a regular basis at a car wash, and I only did it four times total ever since I had it, so he was right. Not sure if that was the only cause but oh well. The only repairs for 11 years were in 2005 a trasnmission switch (but not the transmission itself) they say always fails in those cars for $700 including labor, a new radiator for $400, and some type of loud notice in the muffler pipe for $500. Other items were regular maintenance of couse. Power steering belt of comonent died in 2010 but the car drove fine with out it manually since I am a fit female in my early 30s turning a stiff wheel was not all that hard. didn't have money for repairs. In 2009 the struts and springs kept giving problems once a year, $900 for that and 800 again in 2011. It may have been my fault, I don't think I had my tires rotated enough and it threw the car balance off. I assumed the oil change shop was doing it for me, I didn't know much about cars as I know now. In 2012 it stopped working at 189K becaue it needed a feul pump and components for $800 so I said forget it the underside is rusting and the struts and shocks keep going and junked it. Since most of the things could have probably been prevented I say it's a great car. Started up and ran no matter how cold it was and seems like it was easily cured with fluid. Engine and transmission still strong and perfect the day I junked it. Too bad the body went bad! Hope this post helps others learn a little more about cars. Too bad they don't sell it anymore, because it lasts long which I guess is the reason they don't offer it due to their greed, you won't need a car for about 10 years if not 15 with perfect maintenance you have this one.

Jarett writes:
1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe Review
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5

Pros

Almost everything

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Small trunk

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Really Great Car — I ordered my ZX2 from the factory, and have driven it every day since, and still love it. The car is still solid, and running very well. It's needed very little more than oil changes, brakes, and tires changed on it. 216,000Km and still running strong. Sadly after 230,000km, I was hit driving down the freeway and my ZX2 was totaled. It was a great car, and never let me down.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sarah writes:
1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe Review
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good gas milage, good looking, insurance on it is always cheap!

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getting older, not working as well

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My Baby... — i love it! it may not be the nicest, or the fastest, but i still love it a whole lot. it was my first car and it'll always be my baby. sometimes i drive it too hard, but it always puts up with me. it's not the best, but it does just what i need. i'll never buy anything but a ford!

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Tyler writes:
1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe Review
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Great acceleration, awesome handling

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Rust in front of right rear tire

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Fun, Fast Car That's Built Well And Handles Great — Good car! Handles great, stops great, and accelerates hard. It'll pull hard. 190,636 miles, tranny shifts a little hard but nothing a little Seafoam Trans Tune didnt fix. I always have a blast when I get behind the wheel. Some squeeks and rattles but its got almost 200k on it so thats expected

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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