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Ford Escort Hatchback



  • spectre3spectre3 Posts: 67
    thanks for the insight.

    i maintain my vehicles very well and
    i hope this escort serves me as well as your tracer did. being forced to commute 100 miles per day since my job relocated, fuel economy and practicality was my reason for buying this car.
    39 - 43 mpg is the norm for me , also with the 5 speed transmission. i plan to have ford add on cruise soon, then maybe i can relax a little on the interstate.
  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    I did a long commute for a while in my Tracer - about 80 miles one way for 5 months. Mine had cruise, and it was nice to have. You don't necessarily have to have a Ford dealer install cruise on your car. You can get an aftermarket unit installed that works great for a lot less than a dealer would charge.

    If you keep the car long enough, I'd recommend having the timing belt replaced around 100,000 miles. On my Tracer, the manual didn't ever say it needed changing, but I had it done anyway. I took a look at the belt after it was done and it needed it. Another relative of mine has a 92 Escort and he didn't change his belt and it broke. It didn't cause any engine damage but it left his wife & 2 kids stuck in a dead car in rush hour Chicago traffic.

  • spectre3spectre3 Posts: 67
    i did see in my owners manual that it didn't say when to change the timing belt on the 1.9 engine... i did actually change it at 62,000 miles out of ignorance, because i had no idea how long it would go before the belt broke.

    i use to have an 86 escort, and its belt went almost exactly at 62k. i understand the belt in the 95 has a round tooth design, which may help increase the number of miles you get before it goes.

    i had inquired in several ng's about timing belt longevity, i wanted to know what was the normal belt replacement interval before i started to commute this last may, but received no clear answer. thank you!
    i will be piling up the miles on this car, but i may wait a little longer the next time before changing the timing belt again..
    i actually replaced my waterpump along with the belt, because it was a semi-seized water pump that took out the 1st belt in my 86 escort, a few years ago.

    i guess i was afraid that the timing belt in this escort would break in the middle of our indiana winter,, leaving me stranded on the interstate ..
    btw, if you are from the chicago area, we may be neighbors as the crow flies anyway. i am from marion indiana and have to drive to fort wayne to work every day. approx 50 miles one way.

    your handle is interesting, if dhoff is short for hoffman then we may have the same ancestry somewhere, my last name is huffman.

    it has been nice talking with you, i will check into the aftermarket cruise as an option to the ford installed item. (400.00+).

    see ya,

  • shayes1shayes1 Posts: 12
    I had a 91 gt I sadly traded away three years ago! I had replaced the transmission after losing
    synchronizer rings at 100K, a new radiator and timing belt also, but that car hummed! Fast,
    could carry lots of stuff, great in the winter.
    Had 120K when I got rid of it. I regret that day.

  • I'm the original owner of a '91 Escort GT with 92,000 miles. Haven't had any major problems and have done very little maintenance except for regular oil changes. Since it is now our familys 2nd car, only put about 6,000 miles/yr on it. Would like to keep for another 3-4 years, but don't know what type of "preventative maintenance" I should take now to avoid troubles. Also would appreciate any info on the types of potential problems I should prepare for with a car of this age and mileage.

  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    Have you changed the timing belt yet? If not, you are overdue. Get that done, and have the water pump and accessory belts replaced at the same time. You might want to have the coolant changed also.

    The big thing is to regularly change the oil, which you are doing. Other than the things mentioned earlier, fix problems as they occur and the car should last a long time.

  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    My 94 Escort has 133k miles and now the tranmission does not downshift unless manually
    done plus the torque converter slips.How much
    should it cost for a rebuilt transmission including labor.The other option is a good used one.Has anyone gone through this before.
  • yep,

    but it was an 86 escort at that magical 90k mile mark....

    holding my fingers now, driving a 95 escort with 78k miles.
  • remnerremner Posts: 1
    Someone asked about an escort site, a good one is It has a faq and a ubb. Theres also a couple of lists on egroups.
  • Hello,

    I have a '91 Escort LX 2 Door that I am looking to trade in soon. It has 70,000 miles and is in excellent shape interior and exterior(besides a small dent in the left front panel and a few nicks on the doors). I was wondering how much I should expect and/or ask for my trade in? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  • Here's a question -

    I've got my old 1993 Escort LX 3DR. Sure, the 1.9 only pumps out 88hp, and it's styling is a little dated, but the car is still reliable. Over the years, I've replaced the engine (at 180,000) and a few clutches. 10 sets of brakes and 6 sets of tires .. 2 complete sound systems.. a few windows.. and just about every body panel. One motorized seat belt and an overpriced plastic radiator added to the list, and I've probably got a total of $18K invested in the car over it's 8 year life.

    Through the various accidents, break-ins, vandals, and HARD driving; the car has been operational at least 90% of the time. All the while, costing me less than $.15/mile over it's life.

    Now, with a big dent in the rear quarter panel, and oxidized paint, the time has come to make a decision. If I choose to sell the car in it's current condition, I can expect to get around $2K for it. If I choose to fix the car, repairs and paint will cost me around $1500.

    Still reliable.. still gets me to the airport on time.. not nearly as much fun to drive as my 2000 Chrysler 300M, but it does have a better sound system.

    Of course, if I do keep it, It'll be a different color and I'll be adding GT brakes and all new suspension components.

    What do you, my fellow escort owners, think . ?? Your opinions are welcome -
  • dlf3dlf3 Posts: 2
    I have 254k on my 94 Escort I got new, same engine, no blow-by. same clutch. same radiator. 3rd set front brakes, same (original) back brakes, not that I over use them.

    Sure a couple timing belts & 1 idler, crank damper & alternator (248k). And had to clean the MAF when the car started running rough & burned the plugs & a coil output had to replace the coil of course. And the front calipers.

    My car came with the heavier duty brakes, the pads 1/2 again larger everything else is the same.
  • I put 212k miles on my 86 Escort (1.9L). Original clutch and engine. I bought this car cheap from a good friend when it had around 100k. Never figured the cost per mile but it must have been incredibly low. After selling the car I only lost 2k on the deal. Repairs were limited to struts, tie rods, front bearings, door handles.

    My mother who has a long commute put 225k on an 87 on the original clutch and motor.

    Both cars were still running good when sold. The 87 is commuting for a friend who now has 238k on it. It still does not burn any oil between changes, but is rusting badly.

  • pwt1965pwt1965 Posts: 1
    I have a 94 Escort 4 door LX sedan. I have 130K miles on it. It has been the most reliable car I have ever had. Other than your standard oil changes every 3,000 miles and replacing my timing belt at 60K, I have had no problems. However, the other night, while driving, the "Low Coolant" light came on. The coolant reservoir was bone dry. I put antifreeze in it and filled it up to the top. The light went off. The next day, driving home from work, the car began to overheat. I pulled into the gas station, let it cool off, and put water in the radiator and more antifreeze. I let it cool off and drove it home. The next day, I had to take it in for my scheduled oil change. While taking it in, the mechanic said I needed to fix my water pump because it was leaking and to replace my timing belt because of the miles. They had no availability that day, but I rescheduled for the next Saturday. On the way home that day, my car's engine began to rattle, and it started driving sluggishly. I barely made it over the bridge, and my car ultimately stalled on the side of the exit ramp. This was all happening even though the temperature gauge was still at Normal. I could not start it again, and I had it towed. The question now is, I still owe $1400 on this car, so do I even bother to fix it? Is my car dead? I could get it towed to a mechanic to see if they can fix it. I had planned on getting a newer Escort, preferably a 98 anyways. I just don't see, if I am going to pay $500 to fix it, if it is even worth it. Can I get some advice?
    Thank you.
  • spectre3spectre3 Posts: 67

    if your water pump siezed it usually takes out the timing belt. it could be all you need to do is replace both..

  • I recently took my 95 Escort GT (automatic, only 56,000 miles) to my local Ford Dealer because it was stalling at red lights. It was dying because of a cracked throttle body air tube, but while they had it under the knife, they found a host of other problems. My exhaust manifold was cracked and needed to be replaced (luckily covered under the extended warranty I bought when I purchased the car used 2 years ago). It had also been leaking coolant, and what little was left was rusty and thick. They did a coolant flush to see why and where it was leaking, but found nothing. They told me to keep an eye on the coolant, it could be the head gasket burning it, and he also mentioned possible engine problems, in either case one or the other would need to be replaced. I've only every heard good things about escort's reliability, so I was a little surprised so much was so wrong at 56k. I love my little white pocket-rocket, but if this is just a taste of what's to come, I think I should get rid of it before my extended warranty is up. This was three weeks ago, and the car is actually running better than ever, and the coolant hasn't leaked so maybe I'm out of the woods. Has anyone else had similar problems with the GT or any advise?
  • jps57jps57 Posts: 1
    My first escort was a 91 2 door 5 speed I bought it with 120,000 miles on it $500.It needed an alternator. I treated the engine with system 48 and changed oil every 4000 miles. The only thing I ever put into it were brakes and tires. A hail storm cracked the windshield and I decided to quit driving it at 201,000 miles. It never used any oil between changes and as far as I know had original clutch , water pump, timing belt etc. I never changed them in the 80,000 miles I put on it. The car would get 40 mpg on trips. I now have a 1992 escort wagon with auto transmission I get 35 mpg on trips and the timing belt did break at 130,000 miles I replaced the water pump at the same time and should be good for another 70k. My daughter has a 1994 4 door automatic. My wife is purchasing a 1997 tracer . love these cars.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    you have to remove the water pump to replace the timing belt, so you might as well have it replaced as well. If you overheated your engine then your new timing belt and water pump will be worthless, so make sure your mechanic checks the engine compression BEFORE installing the new parts. If the belt is broken, you can turn the cam to a point where all valves are closed and do the compression check that way. If worse comes to worse, check engine rebuilders in your area because the Escort 1.9L engine is one of the cheaper ones, for example at one shop here in Dallas you can have a freshly rebuilt 1.9L Escort engine installed for $1145, but I think that may be the older (81-90) style.
  • leenyleeny Posts: 1
    We have 93 Escort that we purchased new.(67500miles)It recently developed a rattle when the clutch was disengaged. After a few days it began to rattle all the time. Sounded like marbles in the transmission. To make a long story short I replaced the TO bearing. The old one was bad. For a few weeks things were fine, now the noise is back. Can you provide any direction. If the TO.. was not the only problem what else should I look for?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
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