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Ford Escort Wagon



  • mowslawnmowslawn Posts: 11
    I would probably go to a junkyard for the speaker. I would test it in the car before you do your reassembly so that you could get another one if it didn't work right.

    The water pumps that I have had have generally lasted 70-80,000 miles or so. That is why I get them replaced when I get the timing belt replaced - every 60,000 miles. Like riswami says, there is less labor if you get them both done at one time.

    However, if my water pumps consistently lasted more than 138,000 miles, I would wait until they went bad. No sense replacing it if you don't need to. That hasn't been my experience though.
  • johnc19johnc19 Posts: 15
    I just discovered a broken rear spring on my '95 Escort wagon. I bought the car new and have driven 72K since then with no problems until now.

    I've heard this is a fairly common problem for these cars and I'm interested in hearing how other Escort owners have handled this situation.

    Has anyone gotten help from Ford?
    If not, how much should I expect to pay?
    Are there any related parts such as struts that will have to be replaced along with the springs?
    Is it dangerous to drive until I have it fixed?

    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    anyone have any trouble with an idler tensioner? This is on a 93 with a little over 60K miles
  • I had one replaced around 100,000 miles. The serpentine belt would slip - even new belts. Replacing the tensioner fixed the problem. They aren't expensive to replace.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    well the belt doesnt slip but it making a very loud noise at idle.

    They arent expensive got one for free today (its for my gfs car).
  • I think the noise may be caused by slipping.
  • I have a '95 Escort wagon. Bought it used and so far no problems except that the temperature gauge seems to be on the cool side. It will only rise a little bit and not even close to the center mark. I had replaced the thermostat already and it is still the same. There is heat when I turn the heater on but it seems to take awhile before I can actually feel the warmth. Winter is coming and it would be nice to get some heat fast. Anybody has this problems or any ideas as to why?

  • in the winter, my 95 lx has ample heat after about 3 miles of driving, with no warm up beforehand.
    my temp gauge never rises above 1/3 of the way from c in any weather.
    i hope that helps.
    if your heat isn't sufficient, the only thing left is the heater core or heater controls, if you don't have enough heat after a warmup and have changed the thermostat.

    is the temperature range of the new thermostat normal specs?

    with escorts of our vintage, you have to remove the dash assembly to change the core, according to the factory shop manual.
    that is a shame, my 1986 escort's heater core was easy to change..

    there is a good bunch of people in the ford escort owners association message board, if you ever have questions.
    hope to see you there.

    good luck,

  • Thanks for the info. This owners association message board can be found here on Edmumds some where? Sorry, very new to Edmunds.

    Thanks again.
  • Robbed an overhead console off an Escort in the salvage yard (sorry, no year identification!) and need help on how to set it. It has a clock with date and ET functions. Three switches on one side select whether you want it to display the date, elapsed time, or clock. Two switches on the other side pause or reset the ET function. I've got it working--display lights up and clock, calendar and ET all function, but I can't figure out how to set the blasted thing!


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  • When my 1995 Escort with manual transmission is well warmed up, the engine tends to die during idle. This occurs several seconds - say 10 - after I have stopped at a light. I took the car to the shop, and they put it on the scope. They saw nothing wrong there. They cleaned out the throttle body, but this did not affect the problem. I suspect fuel/emissions system problems. Has anyone had this kind of problem?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Have you checked with Edmunds' new Maintenance Guide to see if you can find any related TSBs (technical service bulletins)? Good luck.

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    It was once dubbed Ford's "World Car" but now it's part of world history. Gone but not forgotten, read about how this nameplate carried the Ford compact car banner for 20 years only to be replaced by that cross-pond rival, the Focus.

    Here's the full story from Edmunds' Generations section: A Ford Escort/Mercury Tracer History, by John DiPietro. Let us know what you think.

    A 1991 Ford Escort Wagon (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

    Thanks for your comments. ;-)

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  • vojdvojd Posts: 3
    My wife and I are considering purchasing an escort wagon 1997-1999 model. I am a Hyundai Elantra '93 owner for the past two years, but need a more reliable car and don't feel like taking out a loan to buy a decent car. We plan to have a baby soon, thus the wagon. What do you people think? Here in Upstate New York, I am hoping to spend around $5000 on this. Though it is hard to find a good dealer here (they are pretty overcharging). If you know somebody who wants to sale his/her vehicle around let me know (do not trade in; they pay you less). Any feedback will be appreciated.
  • My girlfriend bought a used 94 Escort Wagon in October 2001. She has been experiencing a weird problem where she turns off the headlights, and removes the key, then when she closes the tailgate the parking lights come back on. Occasionally they come on immediately after closing the hatch, sometimes they won't but when she checks the car later they are on. It is impossible to turn the lights off by the switch, you must open/close the hatch a few times to get them to turn off.

    We took the car to the local dealer, couldn't find anything. He said that Ford Rangers had a similar problem and that changing the headlight assembly did the trick (but is a costly part). Any ideas???
  • shazammershazammer Posts: 2
    2 years ago I bought a '95 5 speed Escort wagon from a local dealer here in mid Wisconsin. It had 107K miles on it and I paid $3400. It now has 152K on it , has not even hiccupped in the past 2 years. I love it. The same dealership has a '99 Escort wagon for $3900 and if I had money to throw I'd buy it just to have for a second car when my '95 decides to tank. A truly reliable car.
  • shazammershazammer Posts: 2
    Shazammer here. On a recent trip to COlorado I also averaged between 36-38 miles per gallon. Let those SUV owners cry at the pump.
  • francodmfrancodm Posts: 3
    I have a 1995 Escort Wagon - 4spd auto.. I am having a similar problem as message #262. The check engine light will go on and off sporadically. Does anyone have any ideas of what could be causing the problem?
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Here's a direct link to Edmunds' Maintenance Guide where you can look up any TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins) and/or recalls for your 95 Escort.

    For more expedient feedback, you may also want to copy/paste your question on our Maintenance & Repair board. Good luck and please keep us posted on your situation.

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  • I have a '95 escort wagon with auto transmission. It hash 141,000 miles on it and am deciding whether to enter the auto market again or try to get another year or two out of my escort. I have previously replaced its radiator, timing belt, thermostat, rear springs, and rear struts. I should replace the rear break pads in the near future. It is a little dinged up but has no rust. I have used only mobile 1 in it since its break in and have changed oil/filter every 5000 miles. The car owes me nothing. Any advice from long time escort owners will be appreciated.
  • 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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