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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Escort AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 072004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

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

While driving at 45 mph vehicle stalled, and soon after consumer heard something hit the ground. Vehicle was guided to the shoulder, and consumer found that the air conditioner brackets broke. This in turn, caused the ac compressor to fall and rip a hole into the oil pan.

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #7

Jul 032000

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
Air conditioner leaked into passenger compartment and made loud noise. Learned that vehicle ingests leaves and other matter into the air conditioning system. Fix made and carpet liner replaced, but problem recurred. Dealer cheerfully and completely repaired each time, but I was counselled to not allow leaves to fall onto vehicle as they are ingested. Apparent design defect.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

May 252000

Escort

  • miles
Ac drainer area somehow clogged and would not drain properly. Was draining inside cabin causing musty odor and wet carpet. Dealership said not a common problem, not covered by extended warranty since no actual failure, had to remove ac motor, drain and reinstall, align and seal. This seems like a design defect. Ac should not suck up debris like it does causing clogs.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 181998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Air conditoning system malfunction.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 031998

Escort

  • miles
Air conditioner leaks on the foot of the driver. It has leaked to the point that it has gave the carpet a musty smell and it (the carpet) has water damage. I have reported it to the dealer twice and they have not properly fixed the problem. Now it has to be taken in again for the exact same problem.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 041999

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
In a crash, I was hit by a car going approx. 40 mph, the airbags did not deploy. However, for 4 days following the accident there was an overwhelming odor of propellant in the car. This odor brought on a severe asthma attack for me. Also, the car hesitates and loses power when the air conditioning compressor kicks in. The car loses power enough so that it slows itself down when traveling on the highway. Also it is very alarming when it kicks on when accelerating from a stop sign or stoplight. The hesitency and power loss causes great concern for the welfare of the car.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #2

Jun 011998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Blower may be sucking things up into the vehicle. Dealer contacted, and cannot remedy the problem. Consumer thinks fire may be started if things are trapped into the compressor. Problem still exists.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 151998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioning system leaks continually into vehicle.

- Maynardvil, TN, USA

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