Is a Ford Escort a good car?

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Old 08-17-02, 07:09 PM
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Is a Ford Escort a good car?

I'm thinking about buying a Ford Escort and was wondering if they are a good car?
 
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Old 08-17-02, 08:01 PM
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i have an escort, i also have a used toyota, i have had to repair escort many times and have done nothing to my used $4,000.00 toy and i have driven it for three yrs.......my escort is pretty good.
 
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Old 08-17-02, 09:19 PM
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escort

My '91 has 180,000 mi, and other than tires,battery, and normal maintence, all that has needed is brakes (twice) and belts (timing two times and serpentine once. Bought it used in '93 w/40k and have been very happy. oops-- forgot that horn quit working yesterday--only clicks.
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Old 08-17-02, 10:20 PM
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Is the ford Escort a good car ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha lmao
sry. i would stay away
 
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Old 08-18-02, 01:21 AM
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On the whole, no, an Escort is a wicked heap and not worth a darn from day one. Typical crappy, lackluster Ford product with cheap materials, poor assembly and unpredictable quality...an American Yugo at best.

Stay away from most American small cars, as they are poorly built and fall apart in a hurry. As for large US cars, we do those far superior to anyone else.
 
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Old 08-18-02, 06:22 PM
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they are built alot better today than what they used to be and seem to be a good economy car just keep up with the maintence and when it does need any major costly repairs you would be better off replacing the car rather than fixing it in most cases.
 
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Old 08-18-02, 08:17 PM
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I really don't like any ford car, but I have a friend who owned an escort...'92 I think. He drove it forever with little trouble. I put a timing belt on it, but that is a regular repair on all belt-timed cars, regardless of make. Other than brakes and tune-ups, and regular things, I don't remember any problems. This may not be the norm, I don't know. Older models are junk for sure (80's models).
 
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Old 08-20-02, 08:16 PM
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Escort

Thanks everybody! The reason I am thinking about an escort is it is american the part for american cars seems to be alot cheaper and easyer to find.
 
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Old 08-21-02, 04:54 AM
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Depends on what parts you're planning on having to buy. My 7 yr old Camry has used nothing but belts, hoses, tires, and brake pads in 135,000 miles; all generic parts store replacement parts - same cost as for domestic cars. Did have to replace ac compressor couple of years ago, but even it was not overly expensive (did NOT buy the oem part). Likewise the cv axles that went about 120k before needing replacement. Toyota parts seem to last a long time for some reason. On all the Toys I've owned (all of which had over 100k miles when I replaced them), I've never replaced a starter or an alternator. How many domestic models can you say THAT about?

Bejay made a very good point - upkeep! Like any car, they will last longer with religious preventive maintenance.
 
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Old 08-21-02, 08:03 AM
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Jap Cars

Good point tow guy alot of my friends love Jap. cars like toyota's I agree with you they seem to run forever. I was brought up in a family that if you bought a Jap car it was like braking the 11 commandment. My father loved to support the American economy.
 
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Old 08-21-02, 09:10 AM
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Hi, Huxley

God bless your dad, but - I was amazed when the local Toyota
guy told me that Toyota/NA employs 186,000 North Americans

You want to buy U.S./Can.? Buy Toyota. You want Mexican? GM.
Reading recommendation - "Against All Odds, The Story of Toyota"
a remarkable narrative of a quality-quest.
No mystery in how they achieved what they did, none....
 
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Old 08-21-02, 09:19 AM
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I Have a '97 Escort That I have had for 3 years. I have had no problems with the vehicle and it has been very reliable.

When I purchased the car (used) I shopped for months. I could have bought a bare bones Mazda Protege or Tercel for more money, but I got my Escort LX loaded for less.

Watch out for those who paid more for their Foreign counterparts. In my experience those who paid alot more when they didn't have to, do not like to admit that they have had repair issues. My brother purchased a new corrolla and has had a alot more problems that I have had with my escort. Both vehicles have similar mileage.

I think alot of people have issues with the older Escorts, say PRE-1995. I would stay away from these, and even take a look at the Focus if your thinking Newer. Sure It would be nice to buy a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, but the reason your looking at the escort is probably value for the money.

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Agreed-stay away from the pre-95's at all cost. My brother had a 91. He replaced the transmision, it blew, he replaced the tranny again, it blew. The front axles started going, the window mechanism breaks every other month, and they are slower than a civic. I love Fords, but Joe hit the nail on the head, DO NOT buy a small American Car. If you wan't an american car that will run forever and cost you nothing in repairs, get an 86-93 mustang v8. Worth the extra gas for reliability.

As for qwincyguy, trying to start a war, when you know something about the automobile industry, and realize that a lot more goes into a car than where it is built, you will realize why American is American, and Toyota is still Japanese. You can pay our guys to build a Toyota, great, thanks, however where does the money go? Straight to corporate Toyota in Japan.

Mexico and Canada go hand in hand with our economy's, you scratch our back, we'll scratch yours.
 
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Old 08-21-02, 05:51 PM
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I'm with Jeremy. Even with my old cars, I still support our economy: parts.

Mostly all of the parts still serviced for my GM car are US or Canadian made. I'd rather support these countries first before the others for many reasons, but let's not go there.

TowGuy: My 84 Olds 88 is a good example. Original starter and alternator, 144k on them. Not a hint of a problem with either, and I rebuild those myself, so I have one waiting on the shelf when it does go . Delco units rule and are easy to service .

My personal opinion, take it for what it's worth: Small American cars are heaps. More so if they are Ford Motor Company products. There is a reason that GM is the #1 car company in the world and Ford ain't #2 because of the Escort. Lol.
 
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Old 08-22-02, 05:08 AM
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Lighten up, Joe; I drive a GM product for a living, remember? LOL

Not to start a war that we've been through before, but I would hope that all the "never buy anything that's not North America-made" never shop in Wal-Mart (aka The Great Wall-Mart of China). I would wager 75% (being generous) of what they sell is imported and it ain't from Canada or Mexico. Ditto K-Mart, Target, Circuit City, Best Buy, ad nauseum. Buying import is fairly unavoidable (unfortunately) and I do try to buy American when possible. I especially try to avoid products from Red China (politically incorrect term) unless I'm in a bind or there are no alternatives.
HOWEVER, I happen to LIKE Toyotas and the way they are engineered. I started driving them when I wanted something small, sporty, & economical and the Big 3 had very little to offer in that catagory.
 
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Old 08-22-02, 05:35 AM
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Small and sporty: 1979 Trans Am . Economical too: In terms of parts being dirt cheap .

"The New Breed of Wow".....1979 Pontiac ad .

I just try to keep our American companies working. Our war veterans worked hard to keep our freedom, I think as a younger generation guy I can do my part to support it where I can (as you indicated).

The American flag always hangs at my house and on my garage .
 
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true...

The US flag looms large in my life, too. I wore a uniform like a lot of guys. But - to say Toyota's profits go to Japan is liike stating
GM's go to Detroit ! How about IBM, M-Soft, Dell, etc. Has anybody heard of 'stock-holders'?. The $$ go everywhere.

The weekly paychecks at Toyota/NA go to banks, mortgage outfits, stores, etc. in the communities where the plants are.

Tow-guy, agreed - if the 2nd portion of the name on the bldg. is "Mart", "Depot" or "Lube" I stay out! My two (older)
Camrys, my lifestyle and the local hardware are too important
to me and my neighborhood.
 
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Old 08-22-02, 09:09 AM
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Ah, but that's only one side of it .

The SUPPORT industries are in Japan! . The tire makers, spark plug makers, engineers, capital, support, labor relations, corporate folk, etc, etc, etc, they are all in Japan.

A typical car requires many support industries, in the past it was upwards of ten.. And those are typically based (even if they have plants in the states) in....Japan

Sure, some money goes to foreign shareholders, but where do the retained earnings go? Back to Japan . With the US companies, it might go back into the plant.
 
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Old 08-22-02, 09:31 AM
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Or to the I.R.S. so the federal government can bail out failing car makers. LOL.
 
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Old 08-22-02, 10:43 AM
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I think you mean Chrysler in 1979.

However the government wasn't going to let Chrysler go under and they were on time paying back their debt .

I was very surprised at Toyota's handling of the sludged up 3.0 and 2.2 Camry engines, after reading an article in Ward's.

There was a lady with a 2000 Sienna that had it rotting in her driveway in pieces because she refused to believe that her car needed an engine.

Sure enough she banded together over the net and got others involved. Toyota eventually conceded, admitting some fault in design.
 
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MY 2 cents

My 2 cents on Toyota or any small American car is go with The Toyota they last I know I have had a couple and all went over 200,000 miles with just oil changes.As far as money going back to Japan I would rather pay the US blue collar worker making Toyotas trying to put his kid thru school then a Mexican worker.I bet that all the money that GM saves goes back to the fat cats on top of the pile.CEOs that make more money then they need.
You know it does not go back into R&D otherwise they would produce a better car that would last past 80k miles before it broke down.So the Choice is yours GM that makes lackluster cars and the money that goes into the pockets of the top managment.
Or Toyota were the money goes to the guys on the line makin them here in the US. and what money that does go back to Japan is spent on making on R&D and a better product for the American public to get quality cars that they paid hard earned US dollars to buy.
 
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Old 08-22-02, 03:08 PM
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However, you missed the key point that the money from the Toyota's sales lines the fat cat's pockets in Japan. And yes, there are those guys in Japan.

In any event, it doesn't answer the original topic question of whether an Escort is a good car or not.

Consensus is: Lackluster.
 
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