It wasn't surprising to learn the writer associated with this review, who compared the Escort with a Toyota and Hyundai, ranked the Escort as his choice. He correctly identified all of the admirable f...
It wasn't surprising to learn the writer associated with this review, who compared the Escort with a Toyota and Hyundai, ranked the Escort as his choice. He correctly identified all of the admirable features, including the comfort factor during long distance drives. The ride is impressive for an economy car, particularly if you replace struts and springs every 70,000.
The humble Ford Escort is listed amoung the "best used cars" in my 2004 buying guide, alongside Acura, Lexus, Honda, and Toyotas. I remain unsure why the 1995/1996 received dings for cooling, electrical and brakes categories since I haven't had any issues.
I am the second owner of this LX hatchback purchased in 2001 and have enjoyed 10 years of reliable transportation during 100,000 miles. Total mileage is now 169,000 with the only minor annoyance (quirky idle) surfacing when it was 10 years old with about 100,000 miles. This car has benefitted from exceptional maintenance, such as regular fluid changes (brake, PS, coolant, trans) and other preventative care.
The automatic transmission, exhaust system and AC have never required servicing and the paint job has less orange peel than many newer (and costlier) cars. There have never been any annoying squeaks or rattles and owners benefits from maintence which can be performed by those with mechanical aptitude. Most recent repairs were fan blade motor replacement and coil pack.
During the past 10 years I have kept detailed records of every expenditure related to owning this vehicle (fuel, maintenance, repairs, insurance, registration)
and the total cost per mile is 22 cents - which includes the original vehicle cost factored in. The final cost of ownership becomes 19 to 20 cents per mile if I sold the car tomorrow, but I intend to keep this handy hatchback around for another 10 years.