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Ford Escort Wagon



  • rdeschenerdeschene Posts: 329
    brown. And when you get right down to it, neither Toyota or Honda make wagons anymore.
  • olivertolivert Posts: 1

    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:

    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):

    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???
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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?
  • 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.
  • trena1trena1 Posts: 1
    I am considering purchasing a 94 escort wagon with 47000 miles on it. It is an automatic and the brakes and tires are new as of 36000 miles. Is this unusual for an escort? What kind of mileage does this car get? Is $5200 a good deal for it. The car also has a cd player, a/c, and am alarm.
  • pbb98pbb98 Posts: 19
    In response to post #85.
    I have a '93 Escort wagon with 99,000 miles on it and it runs like it has at least another 99,000 left in it.
  • jarocjaroc Posts: 1
    I bought a 83 escort wagon at a sheriff auction for my grandson for $300.00 It runs good with 78000 miles on it. Is there any web sites that can give us some ideas to dress it up?
  • garyk2garyk2 Posts: 1
    My 91 wagon has 145m and is still going strong. Basic maintenance and tlc. Do you think escorts can make it to the big 200,000 mark? It's become something of an experiment now. Regardless, this has been an outstanding car. Next car....Ford Focus!
  • brownbrown Posts: 10
    I am checking in again a month later(last entry 7/18). I found out the window problem I thought I had was something that is normal for the driver's side. I quick touch brings it all the way down, for it to lower to a specific place, I keep my finger on the button. The dealer spent over an hour trying to find out why my car stalled going into first gear and I was told everything was OK. The mechanic commented that the clutch is still in the "breaking in" phase, and this might be the reason. I have never had a clutch needing a breaking in phase, but the Escort's clutch is different from the Datsun, VW and Toyota clutches I have used. I find it I give it a bit more gas when going into first gear, I don't have the problem nearly as much. Maybe the mechanic was right. I am taking the car in tomorrow for the 5000 mile check and intend to ask about the cold air when on the foot/head position of the dial. I will report back.
  • brownbrown Posts: 10
    To Trenal,
    If the owner of the 95 Escort can produce the service records and my own mechanic checked it over, I would buy the car. I bought a 91 Toyota Corolla with 80,000 for $6,500 a year ago for my daughter, I paid top Blue book price because I knew the owner and it had been pampered for the 7 years. Check out the handy guides on this website to find out if the price is reasonable.
  • My wife an I are purchasing a 99 Escort Wagon(new). It has the same 2.0 liter engine as our '91 probe which has performed flawlessly for
    90,000 miles. $300 a month for 3 years with a $2600 trade in can't be beat. Seems like a great car. We shall see.
  • a 1962 Rambler station wagon with the flat-6 and pushbutton automatic transmission, and a 1982 Nissan Sentra wagon. I now own a 1997 Escort 4 door LX. I've driven earlier Escorts (primarily from a car rental place in cities on business), and I've got to say that I thought they were rather asthmatic cars. In many instances the car couldn't even get out of it's own way. When I was considering a new car back in '97, I hadn't even thought of an Escort until I read the review in Edmund's and saw the dealers were offering rebates. What I didn't know until I got to the dealer was that the engine was now a Mazda 2.0 litre with split-port fuel injection. Peppy performance, decent handling, but a bit disappointing in the gas mileage I think. The wagon must be equally as good, although I would think the handling characteristics might be slightly different. I do like the car. Too bad they discontinue the model in favor of the Ford Focus in 2000 or 2001.
  • mflick3mflick3 Posts: 1
    Bought a new 99 wagon se with only 7 miles on it.
    Now have over 400 but was getting an oily fume smell out of vents. This smell only happened after car was warmed up and only when coming to a stop after driving. Dealer did a TSB with a deoderize a/c plenum. Still getting a slight smell but not as bad. Called dealer and he said need to drive a couple of weeks for deoderizer to work through ducts but may need to bring back in to do it again. Seems strange that smell only comes after coming to a stop. Anyone else have this type of problem and what was solution?
  • abc4abc4 Posts: 5
    I have a 1993 Escort wagon with 78,000 miles on it. It has been a really good car but in the last 3 months the check engine light has been coming on once in a while. The car seems to run fine and if I turn the car off if I am stopped and turn it back on the light stays off. I think it might just be a bad sensor but I was wondering if this happened to anybody else? Thanks
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