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Ford Escort Wagon

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  • rdeschenerdeschene Posts: 318
    brown. And when you get right down to it, neither Toyota or Honda make wagons anymore.
  • olivertolivert Posts: 1
    FYI:

    Most Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer wagons sold in the US are made in Hermosillo, Mexico.

    Interestingly, most Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics are made either in the US or Canada.

    With the big boys all becoming global players, you can't tell where a car is made just by looking at the nameplate.
  • jqin1107jqin1107 Posts: 1
    I would like to buy Ford Escort Wgn.
    there are 2 choise:
    1st, 95, while with higher mileage 88K
    2nd, 94 with mileage only 70k
    which is better?
    I am not sure if this kind of car can run over 120k?
    thank your reply!
  • oollyoumnoollyoumn Posts: 1
    I have a 94 Escort wagon, got it new in 94. It has been very reliable. It now has 120K miles. To date the repairs have been:

    tires
    coolant
    several bulbs
    all wiper blades
    rear wiper blade arm (warranty)
    a fuse placed in the wiring (recall)

    All other repairs due to two accidents.

    things still going (never replaced):

    brakes
    clutch
    shocks/struts
    exhaust
    belts
    hoses
    plugs
    spark plug wires
    front end alignment (amazing)

    I change the oil/filter every 5k
    In good weather I get about 40-42 mpg on mostly highway(within city limits) some city some country road.
  • tauyeungtauyeung Posts: 12
    I drive a '94 Escort 3dr, and my experience is very much the same as oollyoumn. I also have 120k miles on mine and so far not a sneeze. I *did* replace all the belts at 120k miles. Turned out to be a good idea as the belt (not the timing belt) was starting to wear.

    This car is extremely easy to maintain, compared to my '81 Skylark. The filter is accessible from the top, and the drain plug is quite easy to get to from the front bottom.

    Compared to Civics and Corollas, I think the Escorts are much less likely to be stolen or car-jacked. Repair and replacement parts are also inexpensive and easy to find.
  • dmartin1dmartin1 Posts: 1
    I wanted to add this to the list. I do a paper delivery route, and deliver 1200 papers every monday night in a rural area of paved and gravel roads. I have been doing these routes since 1986. During this time I have used a 1983 and a 1985 escort wagon, they were darn good cars and held up very well with some maintence of course, but I sure Ford didn't make them for this harsh punishment. We own a 1997 escort now and are very happy with it, a water pump and a squeaky seat both covered under warranty have been the only problems.
  • mctaggmctagg Posts: 1
    I bought and 1991 escort wagon last october, it now has 40,000 kilometers on it. My gas consumption seems to be high (11 k per litre). Has anyone else had this problem. I have had a tune up, nothing to be found, and ideas?
  • fordloverfordlover Posts: 1
    I bought a used 91 escort wagon at an auction. Other than a timing belt that went out on me in the middle of a lonely stretch in WV and the loss of air conditioning gas, I have had great milage and use of it. It now has 102,000 and I am looking at at new 98 at 12075 and new 99 at 15500. My major question is has Ford fixed the leaking air conditioner system on the escort???
    fordlover
  • maaco1maaco1 Posts: 1
    My wife and I are considering purchasing a 97 escort wagon. It has 68K, and I was wondering if anyone knew the correct mileage to change the timing belt and the other accessory belts. This information will help in my price negotiations.
  • MiroMiro Posts: 15
    I hear you Brad. We used the APA for our 98 Acura 1.6EL, but even with their so called consumer protection, they still try to make a buck. The problem with them is: they don't know the difference between dealer cost and invoice, deny the existence of a holdback, and can't tell you whether the prep charge is bogus or not. Why would transport&prep be MSRP$850, when we negotiated down to $668? It makes you wonder.

    The APA's broker also sent us to a crooked dealer whose sales manager and owner played games. (Luciani Acura on Jean Talon West in Montreal,QC) The salesman had one of those cheesy Time-Life pocket calculators and seemed troubled to explain financing options, let alone the merits of the car. He wrote down a figure on a notepad and implied "take it or leave it." And the dealership owner...oh my god she was such a witch! She refused to let us drive on the highway for fear that it would add too many miles to her "brand new" demo. Isn't a demo supposed to be used for customer test drives?? Anyway we left disgusted.
    Why does the APA do business with these guys?

    Instead, we used the invoice list to shop around and struck a fair deal elsewhere.
    Your question: why are invoice prices so secretive here? Simple answer: they're out to screw the consumer.

    Sorry that I couldn't help you, that's enough ranting for now.
    Miro.
  • meekmeek Posts: 2
    does anyone know why a '95 escort wagon would
    loose the cam shaft pulley?
  • meekmeek Posts: 2
    my friend has a '94 escort wagon has anyone had
    the following problem. Head bold driver's side
    front rusting thru ?
  • I just bought a 98 escort wagon...

    I loves it!!!

    Anything I should worry about?
  • brownbrown Posts: 10
    I am checking back in to this discussion after driving my new Escort wagon for 3 months. With just over 3000 miles, there are 2 things the dealer will have to check when I take it in for service.
    1) The car stalls sometimes when I am stuck in stop and go driving. It also happens at other times, but not consistently. At first I thought I had to get used to the clutch, but I now know the problem is not me.
    2) The power window on the driver side goes all the way down with one touch, it should go only a short distance unless I hold the button down.
    I also have a question, when I have the airflow on vent, I get outside air, but if I point the dial and the face and foot symbol, it is cold air, like it is when the air conditioner on. This I don't mind when the weather is 100 degrees (like it has been in LA), but is this normal?
    Any '99 owners experiencing this?
  • pascal039pascal039 Posts: 2
    I am looking at buying a new 99 escort wagon in the next 2 weeks. I saw a couple minor issues mentioned here. Is there anything else to know about? Anyone buy a '99 when they first came out and have had a good experience since then?
    The wife and I have a 94 Escort LX 4-door sedan and we loves it!!
    We are keeping the '94 so we will happily have 2 Fords. '94 seems to be a good year for that car.
    I hope '99 (wagon)is as reliable.
    -Jim G
  • brownbrown Posts: 10
    Dear Spy,
    Even though I have those 2 minor issues, I would buy the Escort again if I had to make the choice again. I love the gas mileage, the size the look and I am hoping to have the same happy relationship with my car that everyone else seems to have had.
  • pascal039pascal039 Posts: 2
    I did buy the car. 99 escort se wagon, red. We love the look. I enjoy the 15-inch wheels and the newer features like power locks and mirrors.
    One thing so far that concerned us: we tried starting the car with AC, radio, and lights on, and it refused to start. We had driven it 90 miles or so; battery should be charged up. I turned off the accessories and it started fine. Other cars I have had would start with the stuff turned on.
    But we are still quite happy with the vehicle.

    Now, was there an escort LX early in 99? The dealer said this one (the SE) was a "99 and a half." A newer '99, on the lot just a couple weeks. Other than power locks and windows being standard are there any other differences? I am glad I got the latest '99. I will be curious to see the focus wagon, but it would have cost more money for sure. We were just under $14k including tax with this one.

    -JG
  • robeprobep Posts: 3
    I just purchased a used 97 escort station wagon 5 speed. I find the stick shift a bit "sticky" sometimes (i.e. hard to get out of one gear and into another). Has anyone experienced similar problems? Suggestions?
    Thanks
  • robeprobep Posts: 3
    In response to brown number 78 entry, I just purchased a 97 and I also found that when you point the dial to the face and foot symbol that it blows refrigerated air while just the face symbol blows outside air. This does appear to be a fault and I plan on checking this out with the dealer since I still have warrenty left.
  • zuzu1zuzu1 Posts: 2
    How many miles can I expect to get out of a '95 wagon? I'm considering one with 60K.
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