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7.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$700.00
Average Mileage:
123,086 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. sale sign (1 reports)
1997 Ford Escort engine problems

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1997 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #6

May 062013

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I need help in figuring out what the problem is and how much it is going to cost to fix it. When I push on the gas, it sounds like a motorcycle.

- , West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #5

May 012008

Escort 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

I WANT TO ADVICE TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN ESCORT 2.0L TO SELL IT ASAP. THEY HAVE A PROBLEM ON THE CYLINDER HEAD. I FIXED MY CAR TWICE BETWEEN JULY 2007 AND SEPT 2007 FOR THE SAME PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE VALVE SEAT. THEY SEPARATE EASY FROM THE CYLINDER HEAD. YOU CAN HEAR A NOISE TYPICAL TO THE LIFTER NOISE. BUT IT IS NOT THE LIFTERS; IT IS THE VALVE SEAT STARTING SEPARATE. THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEMS ON ESCORT 1.9L AND 2.0L. ANOTHER PROBLEM IT IS THE SLUDGE ON THE ENGINE OIL. IT DON'T MATTER IF YOU USED THE MOTORCRAFT OIL OR ANY OTHER BRAND; THE OIL TURN BLACK SO QUICK IN LESS THAN 3 MONTHS.

THE NOISE STARTS ON THE CYLINDER #4. WHEN THE NOISE GETS WORSE YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TURNS ON AND THE ENGINE FAIL WORKING IN 3 CYL.

IF YOU CAN STOP AND FIX IT QUICKLY YOU DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IT. THAT HAPPEN ON MY FIRST TIME. THE MACHINE SHOP DO A GOOD JOB. 2 MONTHS LATER I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM BUT THIS TIME THE SEAT SEPARATE SO QUICK THAT I DON'T HAVE TIME TO STOP AND MESS MY PISTONS. I REMOVED THE HEAD AND FOUND THE PISTONS #2 & 3 DAMAGED. THE CYLINDER HEAD CAN BE FIXED. THAT MEANS ANOTHER $ HUNDREDS.

I FIXED AND PUT A FOR SALE SIGN. THIS IS MY SECOND ESCORT AND MY LAST ONE. THE FIRST ESCORT NEVER HAD A PROBLEM BUT STILL IS A FORD A PIECE OF SH*T.

FOR SOME ECONOMY REASONS I BOUGHT THE ESCORTS. I ALWAYS HAD HONDA'S AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH THEM. NOW THAT I AM WELL ECONOMICALLY I'M GOING TO BUY ANOTHER HONDA.

PLEASE !!!!!! SELL YOUR ESCORT A.S.A.P BEFORE YOU SPEND HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS.

- , Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #4

Apr 292008

Escort LX 2.0L S.O.H.C

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,515 miles

Several weeks ago service engine light came on. My scanner showed a misfire on #2 and #4 cylinders. The car would not idle and had a loud rattling noise. Auto parts store said try new spark plugs ,wires and coil pack. Did that still had same problem. New plugs and wires was done 8 months ago. Then I called a mobile mech and he gave his $40.00 answer as it was the oil pump or the lifters. I have replaced the oil pump and oil screen in oil pan. Found out from on line their problem which was similar. The valve seats were separating. Making it have a rattling noise like the lifters were bad.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 032007

(reported on)

Escort LX 2.0L Inline 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is a hilarious car, and yes, that's sarcastic. It's been fun as hell to drive, and I really do like it... when it's running good. Within the first week of purchasing it (used), the water pump went out. That's not a big deal, cars do break. Then, I was having problems with the transmission. Once again, not so worried about it, especially since a bottle of "Lucas Transmission Fix" took care of that problem (Which I assumed was simply a dirty Torque Converter). After that... my car started doing something really weird. The problem started off slight, a bit of a jitter here and there when I took off from a dead stop, or from a slow roll. Then, it began to increase in not only frequency, but intensity. It went from a small jutter, to one that lasted about ten seconds. Each time it did it, my "Service Engine Soon" light would start blinking. This baffled me, considering it seemed like a much more serious problem, but my "Check Engine" light never came on. Once it got pretty bad, because I assumed it simply had to do with the weather getting colder (naive, I know), I finally took it to Autozone to get it diagnosed. They ran the computer, and it told me my Cylinder 4 was misfiring. So,we started putting new parts on that we figured could solve the problem. First: Spark plugs. I changed those, and it ran fine for about a week, and then did it. So, I changed the spark plug wires. Same thing happened. Last, I changed the Ignition Coil. It ran great after that, and then out of no where, it completely crapped out. Fed up with the car, I took it to a local shop (a place where my family has been taking their cars for years), and had them look at it. The mechanic changed my fuel filter, thinking that might fix it. Yesterday, it was sitting out front my work not starting, at all, or even attempting to turn-over. Now it's at another shop getting looked at.

- , Barnhart, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 172006

(reported on)

Escort LX

  • 61,000 miles

I bought this car from ADMIRAL CARS IN ST NEOTS...... problem is they sold me in my opinion a death trap! it had no power i. e. wouldn't get up to speed quickly at all... in fact its top speed was 70mph!! well that was before it decided to die completely on the motorway leaving me going at 10mph!... the brakes were really bad.... so all in all a very unfit for use car! the dealers whom i bought it off, i contacted them only four days after purchase to tell them about the issue, i fully expected an apology and replacement, fixing of the car or my money back... what i got was "it ain't our responsibility! " i explained this car was dangerous and i had consumer rights.... did the sales woman care?..... nope of course not! i feel i was deliberately sold this car them knowing full well that the car was not safe. now i am left with a car that doesnt work (you can't count kangarooing down the road as working!)..... a possible huge garage bill (brakes, engine, cooling system (oh yeah it overheats as well)) well all i can say is the stereo was nice.... but that didnt work after the battery went flat! what i do know for definite tho is that i will never be using ADMIRAL CARS IN ST NEOTS ever again!!

- , Royston, Herts, UK

problem #1

Apr 012003

(reported on)

Escort LX

  • 82,000 miles

Dealer says cylinder 1 is misfiring, not sure why. I really need my car to be healthy and i wish things would just go right.

- , Paramount, CA, USA

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