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1998 Ford Escort User Reviews

1998 Ford Escort Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 80 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" 40 reviews
"power" 31 reviews
"ride" 26 reviews
"reliable car" 13 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
CONS
"power" 13 reviews
"brakes" 4 reviews
"transmission" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 80 1998 Ford Escort reviews.

Peter writes:
1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Wagon Review
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5

Pros

Fuel milage and fun factor (mind you, you need to give it some gas to have some fun :P)

Cons

No reasons, accept the occasional rust spot if the car was not taken care of!

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Get The 5 Speed Manual And You Won't Regret It! Awesome Powertrain & Great Reliablity :) — Performance- Has pretty good acceleration for a 4 cylinder and good handling! The ride is a little crashy but nothing not to expect with an economy car. The braking is ok but the petal feels spongy with too much travel. Build Quality- Has decent build quality although it is very cheaply built. The dash as nice "soft" plastics and the rest of the car is bare bones essentials. Repairs are minimal and only appear after ample wear to the part. The car is very reliable. Appearence- I personally think the car looks kinda of angry and when lowered the car has an aggressive stance. Nice look over all. Interior is nothing flashy but gets the job done! Cost of ownership-This car is great on gas averaging around 39 mpg (Imp) or 32 mpg (US). Costs under $40 to fill up from empty. Maintenance is cheap and all the parts are in-expensive. Very easy to maintain. Fun Factor- This car is a blast to drive with the right upgrades. I have a couple upgrades on mine: Escort GT rear sway bar, front and rear strut bars, short shifter, zx2 front seats, Weapon R cold air intake, and a beautiful sounding Magnaflow muffler.

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

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Tyler writes:
1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot Coupe Review
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3

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Great acceleration, awesome handling

Cons

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

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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 4 Dr SE Wagon Review
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4

Pros

Economy for size. Reliability. Price. The first owners were usually women.

Cons

Looks, really; it's not at all a masculine car.

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For The Price, You Can't Beat It And You Can Beat On It. — I had a Civic before this and while my Civic was a poor example, it still cost 3 grand and felt like a small car. After I got rid of the Civic, I did some research and decided to try one of these cars out; I got a good solid specimen for $1800. The ride and handling are comparable as is build quality and cost of ownership. On the wiggly country roads that I live on, at normal speeds you'd be hard pressed to tell the two apart. However...when you're going for out-and-out acceleration, there's no comparison; the Civic with its 1.6 SOHC V-tec will dust the Escort every time (both cars were manual trans) even with a difference of only 15 ponies. The Escort gets about 3 less MPG than the Civic in mixed driving, though I'd expect it to be about the same in highway driving as the Escort has more torque closer to highway cruising speed and it's geared slightly higher (haven't had an all highway trip yet). One nice feature is that the Escort has enough torque to drive the A/C and accelerate the car at the same time. The Civic used to struggle with that and overheat while doing it (though I think that was probably more a my Civic issue). The Escort has power mirrors and came with a power lock on the hatch and driver door operable by remote control. I've since added power locks to the rest of the doors, daytime running lights, and an aftermarket cone air cleaner.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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3

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Cheap, reliable

Cons

Boring. Most have a hard life.

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1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr Lx Sedan — Performance: Ok, nothing special, brakes in this one were very wooden with no feel at all and the handling wasn't very confidence inspiring. Build Quality: Again, Ok. Appearence: Nice. Cost of Ownership: Good on fuel, more expensive to insure than it should be as Escorts are very easy to steal. Fun Factor: This one, not great, it was a bit wooden and felt very tired.

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

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

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loud fun and quick

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115mph governor

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Not To Bad — there is no room for turbo and the parts are much to hard to come buy plus the exterior and suspension still have a long way to go but for now ut serves its purpose of gettin me from a to b pretty damn quick.

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

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

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Cheap, good mileage, decent performance

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no amenities

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98 Escort — Pretty quick for only 110 HP excellent milage no A/C (amazed they still sold cars without it) no ABS (manly men don't need it) ManTran (see above) stock stereo was I believe just an AM/FM stereo (college poverty what what) never had any issues with it looks like a 2/3rds scale Taurus of that era, which at the time I thought was cool (no I wasn't on crack)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe Review
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4

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Accerlation and handling

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Size (small) and customization

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Its A Good Car — Performance - the acceleration is very quick, the braking is excellent, and the handling is very good. Build Quality - the repairs ive done to it was repair some rusting just below the driver and passenger doors. No rattles or squeaks. Appearance - the interior is okay and nice and the exterior is very nice designed Cost of Ownership - i get about 23 city/30 highway Fun Factor - This car is fun to drive.

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

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Tena writes:
1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe Review
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5

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5 Speed

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it is no longer made

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I Love My Zx2 — i love my car however there are a few things wrong with it. The dashboard light does not come on and the dimmer switch for the radio doesn't work. It get 32 mpg on highway and 27 mpg in town. There are a few dents that add character to it and the interior is in almost mint condition. It has never been smoked in and it is very fun to whip around in. The e-brake is shot and it rattles everytime I shift. Also the service engine soon light is always on but nothing is wrong with the car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cameron writes:
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4

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Station wagon

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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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2000 Ford Escort Reviews

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