1998 Ford Escort User Reviews

1998 Ford Escort Review Ratings

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  • 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" 16 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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1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Reliable everyday car

Cons

Body damage

DequanBanks
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Overall There's Nothing Wrong With The Car — I like the fact that I can depend on the car, it gets me were I need to be with no problems.I dislike that the car wasn't built bigger on the inside But its a great car and very dependable

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Good MPG, sound suspension, tires last

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weak horsepower, heater takes a while to warm up

griffinblak
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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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1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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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!!!

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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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1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe Review
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It has excellent power and pickup despite the age; cargo capacity is surprisingly large; the 2nd row seats fold completely (60-40 split) for additional cargo space; the maintenance cost is also fair considering the age.

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The 2nd row seats have limit leg-room which might be a problem for long drives

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Surprising Satisfaction For A Cheap Deal — Bought this car used from a private seller. The car had some prominent scratches, paint-losses and dings from the previous owner, owing to parking lot damages. That did not bother me much because I was getting a pretty good deal for the car. Despite the age, the car has served me well as my primary vehicle. i have occasionally driven long distances on it, some times hesitatingly, but have been surprised to find all parts intact and not falling off even on such long drives. Overall I am impressed with the performance of the car and have been happy to have owned it for over a year now.

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1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Saved alot of money on gas

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Not for a large family

pscardino
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Nice Car For Everyday Use — Best little car I ever owned, fuel economy is excellent. It was ahead of it's own time. The Money saved on gas is worth the down size for everyday use. Makes a great second car or a car for a Younger person for school.

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1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe Review
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Saving me money on gas (lots)

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The transmission mounts had to be replaced.

blkbox
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Zx2 Is Lots Better Than The Standard Escort. — I love the look of this sporty model as oppose to the basic Escort which was the very first car I owned . I have also decided to paint it this year,but simply the same color but spiff it up a bit by adding a few strips.

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Lots of room for stuff, goes quite well

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general body work and lack of maintaince by previous owners

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Fast Estate — Ford escort gti estate - bought on ebay for £420 does the job needed a new clutch and a tune up but goes ok. It replace previous escort when cam belt tensioner gave up. Leather seats, body kit and nice alloys, Nin can drive too which is good news

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Handles great, great fuel eco 43mpg, parts are cheap IF it ever breaks down, good car to hop up!

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needs more HORSES(im going to boost mine)

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Fuel efficient, fun to drive, reliable

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rust prone on rocker panels.  poor oil filter placement, tight fit for large drivers

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Compact Fun Efficient Cost Effective — Compact commuter vehicle with sporty styling. averaged 30mpg combined driving. Its a Compact coupe not a ricer or muscle car, but has decent power and acceleration especially compared to others in the segment. Tight turning radius for quick cornering &handling

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It's cute (in the right color) and good on gas

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It's a Ford jk :p

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I Love It — It's a love hate relationship with my car. If I got it when it was brand new then I might like it more. The car was in really bad shape thanks to the previous owners. All the memories I had with the car makes me love it. :D

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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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1999 Ford Escort Reviews

Renminicense By Seefer

My scort...mmm..bring me back memories, was the car i bought when my first and only son came to the world, i was in need of a car reliable y with a good mileage per gas, so this was sent fron heaven, ... Read More

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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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