1998 Ford Escort User Reviews

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    1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Hot CoupeReview
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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

    Pros: Almost everything

    Cons: Small trunk

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    1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool CoupeReview
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    Fun To Drive — It's fun to drive but not the most comfortable ride due to the lack of interior space. There were a few costly repairs, namely bad bearings and a hard-to-get-to belt that had to be replaced twice. Other than those issues it is a reliable, fun, good little car.

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

    Pros: Fun to drive, fairly good gas mileage

    Cons: Not much room inside, and some costly repairs to the car.

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    1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool CoupeReview
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    Was A Good All Around Commuter For A Sporty Car Lover Like Me! My Other Car Is A Hot Rod Cuda! —

    For a little car this one has plenty of leg and headroom for my relatively oversized mass. Purchased used with 75,000 miles on it, the previous owner had taken pretty good care of it. Did have to replace a couple of light bulbs, wiper blades and a good tune up was in order but otherwise it was ready for my 60 daily commute. This specimin is loaded with P/S, P/B, electric windows, A/C, Cruise, AM/FM stereo with 6 CD changer in the trunk. Also has remote power locks with security system. It took some getting used to the "activity" of a smaller car compared to the Dodge Ram 1500 I was using previously but with the cruise control and 6 CD player, it didn't take much time to settle in. Just a couple of months after purchasing, I drove it to Nashville, a round trip of 1800 miles and wasn't the worse for wear. Return trip encluded a passenger and she was even surprised at the room in front. More than two would cramp any additional occupants in the trim upholstery referred to as a back seat. Gas mileage hovers between 30 and 32 which more than doubled what I was getting out of the truck. After living with it a year now I would recommend to anyone. Update: Well, folks, this one is now primary transportation for my 16 year old grandson. I know he'll enjoy it for a couple years until passing it on to his brother, and next brother and even, perhaps, their sister!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Have gotten so used to it that I often choose it over the truck even when mileage doesn't matter.

    Cons: I don't have it anymore!  See update in Review Section.

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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

    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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    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

    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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