1997 Ford Escort
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Fluffy

by from Sumter on July 20, 2017

This vehicle had 27,000 miles on it when purchased. It has served my family very well and still running like a sewing machine with 250,000 + miles on it.
This vehicle had 27,000 miles on it when purchased. It has served my family very well and still running like a sewing machine with 250,000 + miles on it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transportingfamily

Does recommend this car!!

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Great MPG, decent little commuter

by from Platteville, WI on July 6, 2017

This car got me to and from anywhere I ever wanted to go. Owned the LX Sport Model, with a 5-speed manual transmission. Several times on the road, the performance surprised me, as it over-delivered on...
This car got me to and from anywhere I ever wanted to go. Owned the LX Sport Model, with a 5-speed manual transmission. Several times on the road, the performance surprised me, as it over-delivered on ability to navigate through snow and other dangerous conditions when I had no other choice.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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fantastic car

by from cleveland, oh on July 2, 2017

I Had the wagon, got it with 17,000 miles on it, when I got rid of it it had 188,000 miles. still miss this car.
I Had the wagon, got it with 17,000 miles on it, when I got rid of it it had 188,000 miles. still miss this car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Best vehicle I'v ever had!!

by from Jamestown, ND on March 13, 2016

I've own this 1997 Ford Escort for 10 years and it is the most dependable vehicle made out there by Ford. I have 211,600 miles on it and the motor is starting to need some work. I drive this car every...
I've own this 1997 Ford Escort for 10 years and it is the most dependable vehicle made out there by Ford. I have 211,600 miles on it and the motor is starting to need some work. I drive this car everyday and it has not ever let me down or stranded. I will be buying another Ford Escort for sure after having this one for so long.
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Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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Best car I've ever had

by from Jamestown, ND on May 9, 2015

I've had this car for 10 years and have 202000 miles on it & have only done minor repairs that were needed on any make & model car. I will be buying another Ford Escort when this one goes to car heave...
I've had this car for 10 years and have 202000 miles on it & have only done minor repairs that were needed on any make & model car. I will be buying another Ford Escort when this one goes to car heaven.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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Best Car Ever Owned!

by from Oregon on April 25, 2015

I bought my 1997 Escort in 2000 with 39,250 miles on it and there has been small repairs to do but over all this car has been Awesome. I have had it 15 years it has been to seven states and it just fi...
I bought my 1997 Escort in 2000 with 39,250 miles on it and there has been small repairs to do but over all this car has been Awesome. I have had it 15 years it has been to seven states and it just finally blew a valve at 336,000. First time it ever got towed and it has never left me stranded. I have taken really good care of it I do oil, spark plug, fuel filters, air filters at home. I took care of it and it took care of me! I would continue buying same care and same make and models if I could for the rest of my life!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Few issues with 2L

by from Montello Wisconsin on March 25, 2014

I bought mine used with 180k roughly.Ive had it for almost a year and put on nearly 10k. So far the only things i had to replace have been regular wear and tear. Mostly brake related. The manual addit...
I bought mine used with 180k roughly.Ive had it for almost a year and put on nearly 10k. So far the only things i had to replace have been regular wear and tear. Mostly brake related. The manual addition of this car is one of the best i have ever owned.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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97 Ford Escort Wagon

by from Racine WI on January 13, 2014

I bought this car (LX station wagon) in 2011...for $1800. Thought I got a good car until the valve dropped onto the piston (the first time)...cost 1500 to fix the first one...6 months later another va...
I bought this car (LX station wagon) in 2011...for $1800. Thought I got a good car until the valve dropped onto the piston (the first time)...cost 1500 to fix the first one...6 months later another valve dropped which cost me another 500 to get fixed...so I have basically bought the car twice...roomy, good gas mileage but I will never buy another Escort...found out after the fact that they are notorious for dropping valves...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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fuel economy and roomy

by from Ypsilanti,Mi on March 1, 2013

small 2.0 engine which brings fuel efficiency yet cargo space of a station wagon. This is a nice family car.
small 2.0 engine which brings fuel efficiency yet cargo space of a station wagon. This is a nice family car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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lemon

by from Santa Maria Ca. on September 11, 2012

I bought this car three months ago for my daughter when she went away to college. (I am a mechanic) It had 100000 miles on it, looked immaculate. One month later the tranny went out. As she was far aw...
I bought this car three months ago for my daughter when she went away to college. (I am a mechanic) It had 100000 miles on it, looked immaculate. One month later the tranny went out. As she was far away, we had a trans shop replace it.($1600) She drove it home for Easter break and it promptly dropped a valve seat in no. 4 cylinder, destroying the engine. It is now torn down in my garage with the engine block at the machine shop for a re-bore. The parts alone for this latest go-round cost over $1000. (My labor is "free"). On line I have discovered that this engine is notorious for dropping valve seats. I guess that FORD really does stand for "fix or repair daily.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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