I LOVE this car!
July 9, 2018
I inherited this 1997 Escort station wagon from my father who bought it used, and it was the best gift he ever gave me. The bucket seat fits me perfectly---never get cramps from long trips. It has never caused me a stitch of trouble---of course, I use full synthetic oil and the best filter and change it every 3000 miles. She only goes to a trusted dealership for service, so no jack mechanic messes with her---and the dealership seems to take pride in keeping this old Ford on the road. She has a manual tranny which I do not abuse. I don't take her out on rough roads and bang her around---she's not a 4X4. She has 320,000 miles on her, and I've never done anything but manual-prescribed maintenance. Her motor is still quiet and strong, and the mechanics tease me and say my family will need to bury her with me because my car apparently loves me as much as I love her. I bought an HHR with an AUTOMATIC tranny because I was having two knee replacement surgeries. It was supposed to get around 30 miles to the gallon----NOT! But, my old Escort gets better gas mileage than that. My local auto parts sales guy had an Escort SW like mine, and he gave it to his daughter when she went off to college. She totaled it out in a wreck with around 250,000 miles on it, but we always chat about how wonderful these cars are---and how insurance companies would give me NOTHING for mine in a wreck, despite its real value to me!! I wish Ford would still make a vehicle as practical and reliable as this one. From what I read, they haven't done it, and don't seem inclined to do it. So, I hang on to mine and am good to her, because she's got a lot of miles on her, like me.