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Ford Escort Wagon



  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    Do you have any oil in the air cleaner box? If oil gets in there, it can be sucked into the intake passage and coat the wires of the mass airflow sensor.
  • francodmfrancodm Posts: 3
    A quick update for all those following the Check Engine Light saga. Thanks to "crkeehn" and "revka" for their suggestions but so far - no luck. The mass airflow sensor was checked and cleaned. The problem persists. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • I have a mercury tracer(same car as escort) and my mom had a escort wagon a while back and when the engine light came on both cars I just changed the fuel filter my self and it took care of the engine light. Both cars ran alot better after this was done.
  • i have a 1994 escort and the fuel cut off light is on and car is unable to start.A friend told me about the fuel cut off switch in the rear and i pressed the red button and car still wont turnover.what else could it be?
  • Im no expert but maybe the fuel pump is going. Maybe try starting with the easy stuff first, retry the switch again, check your fuses just in case.
  • kinbokinbo Posts: 1
    Hi. I'm in the middle of replacing the leaking heater core of my 93 Escort Wagon. $30 for the core but work? Oh, so much more. That dang core! For sure. Wow. All day ripping the guts out. Steering wheel was a PAIN! They don't want those things coming off. Interior is now blow-drying with a big fan. All the carpet is wet. My biggest fear is not getting everything back together correctly. Anyone else undertake this challenge? P.S. I'm not a mechanic. I'm just following the repair book. Good luck to me! P.S.S. I think this is a great little work car. Bought her w/97k miles on her and she gets 34-35 mpg. Just had timing and serpentine belt replaced. $340 @ Ford dealership. After the core is replaced, I pray nothing else goes bad for a LOOOOONG time.
    P.S.S. Got Jesus?
  • Dont get me going on those things, fords are known for this. Mine has gone 6 times. Ford use to put them in the glove box and you could fix them in a hour or so but now they make them so you have to pull the entire dash out and its a pain in the butt and if you take it to ford its a pain in the wallet$$$$$. Its a nightmare to do it your self and you must be a very brave person.
  • dixaronedixarone Posts: 21
    Does anyone have any thoughts on whether an extended warranty would be worthwhile? I'm looking at a '99 Escort Wagon, with only 25,000kms (about 15,000 miles) on it. I can get an extended warranty (similar to the factory warranty) for about $1000USD from a third party, which will cover the vehicle up to 100,000 miles.

    The car itself is sitting on a dealer lot for $13,000CAD (about $7500USD). I figure I can probably get that down to around $11,500CAD or thereabouts.

  • For $1000. I would do it. To replace a transmission alone would be over $2k USD. Sounds like a deal to me.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    In addition to the feedback here, you may also want to see what they have to say in our FWI Used Car Warranty discussion. Use your copy/paste so you don't have to re-write your message. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your purchase. ;-)

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  • My timing belt broke clean off. I have a 93 ford escort LX station wagon and I want to replace it my self how do I line it up?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Sorry to hear about your timing belt. You might have luck posting (copy/paste) your question on our Maintenance & Repair message board. Our Auto101: How To and How it works! discussion might be a good place to start. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your situation.

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  • sdrurysdrury Posts: 1
    Hi everyone,
    Just want to get some feedback. A friend has a 93 escort wagon with 138,000 miles on it. The body is in excellent condition, the oil and engine look clean and the interior is still nice, They only want a $1000 for it.
    Am I buying a nightmare or are these pretty reliable cars. So far I've read yes- reliable.
    What kind of milelage do they get? I need a commute car. And what should I watch for as far as maintence and keeping it alive until old age?
  • Fords 1.9 litre are good motors. Mine has over 160k on it and runs fine. The only thing I would have checked out is if it has an automatic transmission. Have it looked at by a mechanic you trust.
  • I had an 95 Wagon with 115,000 miles on it, loved it unfortunately this Dec. I was rear-ended on expressway and car was total. I am currently looking for another Escort Wagon to replace mine because it was the best running car I have ever had, best for mileage and I kept everything up on it, it was an easy keeper. btw it was a manual trans....loved it.
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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Perhaps you'd like to share a little about your Escort with us here. We can discuss all years/model Escorts wagons in this discussion. What year/model Escort do you drive? Is this a recent purchase? How many miles are on it?

    I'm sure others passing through here would be interested in hearing about your ownership experience.... Thanks for any notes! ;-)


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  • Hi! I feel compelled to write about my "energizer bunny" car :> My "bunny" has over 150,000 miles on it!

    I bought my 95 escort wagon after having an accident in my 95 Neon...totalled the neon when I hit a telephone pole during the winter... The 95 escort wagon was a leftover model and I got it less than invoice with the z plan (ford family discount)and rebates ... It has been a VERY RELIABLE car, especially for the money! Everyone raves about the Honda and Toyota's but I have to say that my escort has been just as reliable AND more cost efficient! I had looked at Honda Civics but they cost so much more $ than the Escort.

    Other than religiously changing the oil every 3000-4000 miles this car needed very little cash expended prior to 90,000 miles when the timing belt went which was inexpensive as my husband replaced the timing belt; and I also needed something to do with the cv fixed in the front end. But that's been it.. until relatively recently... I've been without an accurate speedometer ( actually for the last few years it's been making noises and bounces between a range of speeds), and I was just told by the mechanic that the springs are cracked and I could use new struts, but my husband refuses to let me put any money into the car. (I also need a new exhaust pipe too, but he's figured out a way to cob it for now so it doesn't sound as loud as it did.)

    My question to you all is, would you invest any money into this car if it were you? I really think that it will last another couple of years if we invest some money into it at this point. He figures it will be between $500-1000 to have the springs and struts replaced and he says the car just isn't worth it. (Also, how long does a manual transmission usually last on the 95 escort wagons? I haven't had any problem with the transmission and the clutch is also the original clutch.) He keeps saying that it isn't worth investing any money into it now because there is such a glut of used cars out there... But yet, his niece has a 94 or 95 honda accord with over 120000 miles on it and she wants $4500 for it!
    Would you invest $1000 into it if it were your car, or would you put that money towards another used car?

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

  • I have a 1991 1.9L engine with 150,000 miles on it. In the spring I am planning on putting a new timing belt, serpintine belt, water pump, and pulley.

    What is the life expectancy of this engine if it is well maintained? Can I get anothe 100k out of it?

    What else does this engine need at this point in it's life? Certainly the car has been around long enough that we've been through this before.

    Thanks for you help,
  • Same as ford escort. It has 176,000 miles on it. The timing belt broke at about 105,000 other than that the motor hasn`t been touched. Motor runs excellant. Mobil 1 10w30 synthetic from day one. I change the oil every 5000 miles. I don`t baby it either. I commute 100 miles a day driving 80-85 MPH. Should run well beyond 200,000 miles. Just shows what good maintenance will do.
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