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1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe Review
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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.)

Pros: Accerlation and handling

Cons: Size (small) and customization

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1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe Review
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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

Pros: 5 Speed

Cons: it is no longer made

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1998 Ford Escort Review
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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.)

Pros: Station wagon

Cons: Station wagon, auto transmission.

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1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe Review
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It's My Ride, So — The Ford ZX2 is carried by a surprisingly responsive suspension. It's stock powerplant is a 4-cylinder DOHC VCT ZETEC engine, mine has tuning, intake, and exhaust done for a little extra power. "BATMOBILE" exterior styling, grandma goes to the shopping mall interior theme.

Pros: Fun, different, loud, batmobile

Cons: Weird interior, bad street manners, controversial appearance

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1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe Review
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Economical Car With Good Gas Mileage And Cheap Basic Maintenance, But Costly Repair Bills. Don't Buy — I bought my 98 Ford Escort ZX2 in the spring of 2006 for $2200 cash, it had 103k miles on it. The car is currently my daily driver and is approaching 170k miles. It's a dependable car that's good for at least high 20s to low 30s mpg every tank, and it only takes about 20 bucks to fill up so economically, it's a great car. It's a 16v 2.0 liter 4-cyl. with a DOHC. It's a 5-spd. manual so put that all together and it makes for a fairly fun car to drive, it's spunky and accelerates quickly for such a small car. The interior design is average at best. The controls are easy to use, but they're designed poorly. My cousin and I put an aftermarket cd player in it and we had to remove all the heating/air conditioning controls as they were integrated with the factroy stereo controls. It was a longer and more tedious process than i felt necessary. I have regretfully sunk as much money into it as it is nearly worth in repairs. I have had the transmission, clutch, serpentine belt, two seperate pulleys for the belt, and the alternator all have been replaced once. The water pump has been replaced twice. I guess though that this is to be expected with preowned 100k+ vehicles that can be purchased in the 3-4 figure range. I would love to get rid of the car as I have some cash on hand to buy something better but with as much money as I have sunk into it and with my wedding coming up in less than a year, it only makes sense at this point for me to drive it until it dies. To put it all in a nutshell, it's a good-running car that gets good gas mileage and, from a basic maintenance and operating standpoint, is pretty cheap to run. However cars like this that have low miles and do not require major repairs at this point are probably few and far between. I would recommend this car as long as it is one with lower miles that doesn't require major repairs, otherwise steer clear as these cars (and most) with 100k+ miles can prove to be pricey purchases.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Top reasons to drive this car are: gas mileage, cheap basic maintenance, somewhat fun because of quick acceleration and spunk.

Cons: Pricey repairs

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1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Good For Someone That Has To Drive A Lot — I had this car for about 2 years. I bought it with 101000 on it and someone had shade tree fixed the radiator before i got it. The engine blew 65 miles after i got it. It was peppy for a 4cyl. seats 4 uncomfortably. It had better handling than what I thought it would.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: good gas mileage

Cons: 4 cyl., commutor car

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Old Family Car — Pretty good diesel engine .Acceleration is good and braking and handling too.Very low mileage cost and havenĀ“t need any bigger service yet.Only the disc brakes have been change and one wheel bearing.Very nice to drive and cheap to own.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Cheap to own

Cons: loud

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1998 Ford Escort Review
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Great Car — its a great car with lots of boot space and room in the back for passengers. the engine sizes range from a 1.3 to a 2.0 turbo charged cosworth engine it can be a fun car to drive if you spend alot of money on the car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: its a classic and wont go wrong

Cons: rear wheel arches rust

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1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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A Great College Car — The car isn't very quick but it has a bit of kick to it. She's currently sitting with a bad connecting rod after 197k miles. I can't wait to put another engine in her and start having fun again :D

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: IRS, 5 speed, economical

Cons: not gonna win many drag races

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1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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Hidden Gem — This was actually one of the best made cars I've ever owned. Had we not gotten pregnant and my wife wanting a larger vehicle we'd probably still own it. It was fun to drive, got great fuel economy and was comfy, even for my 6'1" frame.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Spunky, comfy, well made

Cons: Had an Escort logo on it

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Reviews From Other Years

2003 Ford Escort Reviews

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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

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

2001 Ford Escort Reviews

Great Starter Car By Brightwell2016

Love my little zx2 She takes off like a Rocket at lights and let me tell you i love leaving those big V8 mustangs in the dust , This little girl runs ! My zx2's name is foxy I bought her for $1,000 wi... Read More

Nice By Margaret

its a good car it is hard to get a car seat in and out of car andit does sit low to ground but ober all I love it it be a good car for a small family great on gas Read More

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

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

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

Soccer Mom By lkn2cln

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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