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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
150,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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1997 Ford Escort engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 011998

Escort LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


We bought the car used with approximately 50,000 Km (30,000 miles) on it. The car would always use about a liter (Quart) of oil to every oil change. This was not a big deal because having the oil down a quart when you were changing it was not a big problem. At approximately 150,000 Km (90,000 miles) we had to start adding oil between oil changes. Within a year and 20,000 Km the car could not use a tank of gas before you had to add oil. When I took the engine apart I found that Ford had failed to properly install one of the oil control rings causing it to seize up and start burning excessive amounts of oil. I told our local dealer about the problem and asked them to supply the parts I had to replace in order to fix their mistake. Their answer was that if you can get 100,000 Km (60,000 miles) out of a car you should be happy. In conclusion my complaint is not with the car so much as it is with Ford's unwillingness to own up to their mistake.

- , Sechelt, BC, Canada

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