Never let me down
February 26, 2019
I bought the 1998 Escort SE brand new back in 1998. And from day one I knew it was a wise and sound decision to have been made. It never required much up keep except for the standard oil changes, tune up, tires and brakes. It was not a high thrill car and I did not expect as much when I bought it. I wanted a dependable and reliable car. I was not disappointed. I drove it pretty much everyday both city and highway, a lot of highway driving. Up and down the east coast from North Carolina to Vermont and back multiple times . And the way the car handled in the snow, very nice, sure footed and stable. I owned for 18 years, each day it started up with no problems. I sold it back in 2016 after it had sat untouched for about 5 months with 181,000 miles on it. After that length of time I thought it would not start without a jump, to my high surprise it fired to life as soon as the key was turned. Every electrical part under the hood was original when I sold it, alternator, power steering and even the water pump. The buyer had no concerns buying it from me after a quick test drive. If you take care of this car and do what is needed to maintain it, it will last. If Ford was to ever make another Escort with the same specs and to the same standards it did for the 1998 Escort I would buy one without question.