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Ford Escort Wagon



  • i have had brake problems/noises on my 95 lx, but since i overhauled the rear brakes(new hardware & wheel cylinders) no more problems. the flat piece of metal that runs from shoe to shoe that contains the emergency brake pivot can sieze up and stop the shoes from retracting properly. this caused a noise & warpy feel when applying the brakes.

    have you checked your front tie rod ends?? they can cause a thumping to be heard when they get worn enough. i have went thru 2 sets of calipers on front of the car since new. they stop releasing fully causing rotor warping(and noises), even though the caliper sliding pins are lubed properly and the brake fluid is changed every couple of years.

    my mpg has fallen from a high of 42-44 on the interstate this summer to 35 or 36. suspect my o2 sensor is finally failing, even though no trouble codes are registering yet.
  • Check your oil level and antifreeze level. I get 28-30 city/highway;33 highway. Have 134,000 miles on it and replaced the water pump and timing belt around 70,000. Only major repair and it was preventive maintenance- it had not failed. Will replace it with Focus wagon since they've discontinued Escort wagon.
  • We bought a new 1999 Escort Wagon SE. Which is the last year they made them. It seems to have quite a bit of power for a 4cyl Auto. But I have never gotten very good milage around town, especially in Winter. Somwhere between 17 & 23. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • The oxygen sensor is often the cause for the Check Engine light to come on. New sensor is about $60 and fairly easy to install; screws into the exhaust and plugs into the wiring harness. You may have to temporarily remove the radiator fan housing to have room to work. Takes about an hour, or maybe two.
  • I'm in process of buying a 97 wagon with automatic transmission with 37,000 miles and am wandering what kind of gas mileage city and highway I might expect.
  • This car is a lost cause! When the engine block gets too hot the ignition module fails, a thrity-five doller replacement. You can't go through a car wash, a puddle, it won't start if it is real humid out because something gets wet and it will either die on you or it won't start. My question is, does anybody else have this problem or is it just my car?
  • the stalling in humid/damp weather...

    anyone check the coil wire(distributor cap to coil)?

    the ignition is hot enough to actually burn this wire in two in time.
    if you have the original ford plastic sheathed wire it can be difficult to see this phenomena.
    i had an 86 with the same symptom as yours, and thats what the problem was.

    as for the tfi:
    is the plug for your tfi module perfectly clean or corroded?? that can short out a perfectly good tfi module in a hurry.
    also the white goo that come with the module must be used generously, else the heat from the engine will get ya in short order.

    is the engine temp normal??

  • Bought a wagon new in 1995. Had some initial problems with fit of the doors which dealer took care of in the first week. Have only had 2 problems. One was mentioned by another poster regarding the speedometer freaking out at highway speeds; only happens when it is cold out. Only other problem was a broken rear spring. Probably my fault as I tend to use it like a pickup. With 102,000 miles and only normal service and maintenance, I'm hard pressed to seriously consider buying anything new at this time. Plan to hang on to it for at least 2 more years. With 5 speed I am able to get 40+ mpg in the summer and around 33-35 in the winter. And by winter I mean northern Maine where daytime highs may only reach single numbers or less. If Ford still made the Escort, I'd certainly consider buying another one. Have not looked at the Focus yet, but probably will when the time comes based on my experience. By the way, this is the 4th Escort in our family. Wife also owned a 1982, 1987, and 1993 before trading to Honda Civic. (She did not care for the Focus; but may have bought another Escort if they weren't phasing them out.)
  • Hi, I just purchased a 1995 ford escort wagon for 1200.00$ It has a rebuilt transmission (last month) 131,000 thousand miles. How long do you think the engine will last for? Should I change the timing belt?
  • riswamiriswami Posts: 192
    I think that depends on the maintenance the previous owner or owners have performed on the car. I have a 93 Escort Wagon with 130,000. Still running strong. The engine has never used a drop of oil.

    I know someone with a 94 or 95 Escort Wagon with over 200k. He changes oil every 3k.
  • Our 1997 Escort Wagon gets excellent mileage on the highway, around 30-33 mpg, but only about 19 mpg in town, esp. in winter when "oxygenated" gas is mandated in our area, as it is in most metro areas. The additive used here in the Eastern U.S., MTBE, not only reduces gas mileage but pollutes the air and water; research has linked it to cancer and neurologic disorders.
  • cnsjjccnsjjc Posts: 3
    I have a '97 wagon which I purchased as soon as they were available - one of the first off the line. I couldn't be more pleased with its performance and reliability. It now has 74,000 miles and has had no problems except rear spring replacement - probably because I overloaded it several times. Why did Ford stop producing the Escort? Is the Focus wagon as good? Any recommendations for a wagon to supplement and eventually replace my 1997?
  • wendy123wendy123 Posts: 1
    Had my car in for inspection yesterday and it didn't pass due to the fact that both rear coil springs are broken (exact same places). The mechanic informed me that their Ford gararge has seen alot of these in the Escort Wagons. I called a few other Ford garages in the area to inquire about this and they too said the same. Question is "What is Ford doing about this?!" Seems to me if this is occuring so frequently that they should announce a recall. Has anyone written to Ford to complain? I'm planning on doing this myself. Sure would be nice if Ford would announce a recall and save me $240!
  • compensatecompensate Posts: 212
    Well, after reading many messages about the Escort Wagon, I did the deed and purchased a used 1998 5-speed model with 36,000 miles on it. I traded a 1995 Toyota Corolla that had 106,000 miles on it, as we needed more room.

    Outside of a few burn marks and stains in carpet/seats, it appears mechanically sound. However, as I inspected the car from underneath (it was lifted at the dealer's garage) I was concerned about some black colored metal around the bottom of the engine where the transmission housing meets the engine. It looked like some sort of burn, since it was soot black and did not rub off. I also noticed a little dryish dark substance around the bottom of the transmission and suggested to the mechanic that it might have a very small transmission leak. The mechanic said not to worry about it, because the substance wasn't "wet".

    Should I worry? Has anyone seen this before?

  • maryjoe1maryjoe1 Posts: 1
    I'm trying to change the oil on my mom's 98 Escort Wagon, but cannot find the bolt that unscrews from the oil pan to drain out the old oil.

    Could use some direction. Thanks.
  • compensatecompensate Posts: 212
    The owner's manual with my 1998 Escort Wagon showed an incorrect location for this drain plug, which may be causing the confusion.

    If you are lying on your back, lookin up at the bottom of your engine with feet pointing out toward the front of the car, the oil drain plug will be just to your right on the back side of the oil pan (the side of the oil pan facing the rear of the car).


  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    If you don't get a response here soon, you may want to post your question on our Maintenance & Repair Board. Put the word "escort" into the Board Search to see what kind of Ford Escort discussions are on that board.

    Also, you may want to check with the nhtsa website, or to see what kind of complaints, service bulletins, and recalls are listed for your 93 Escort.

    For future reference, you can also find a direct link to the NHTSA's recalls and tsb's in's Safety section. Good luck and please keep us posted.

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  • riswamiriswami Posts: 192
    Hi, I've owned a 93 Escort Wagon since August of 92. Mine is a 5 speed. I've had the following repairs:
    Water Pump - 77,000
    Radiator - around 100k
    Tie Rod Ends - 121k
    Ignition - 125k

    Still have the original exhaust. I replaced the original battery in November of 2000. The battery hadn't died, but why push your luck. I live in Rhode Island; didn't feel like jumping the car and then changing the old one in the cold.

    I paid 8,788 for the car. Remember looking at a Corolla Wagon when I bought this car. The Toyota sticker was 16k.No one would the Toyota have been a better purchase from a cost standpoint.

    From what I've heard they are reliable. Not exactly a good performer and some may consider them unrefined, but I'm not going to get rid of mine anytime soon. My A/I still works fine. Car still gets 30 to 35 MPG and I don't baby it.

    If you found one that is well maintained then I wouldn't hesitate buying it. I not aware of anything to look out for.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Happy Motoring! ;-)

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