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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Escort body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 132008

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 187,000 miles


I was sold a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 for 800 dollars, from but behind a local dealership. The dealership did the notary, and they were the ones who signed off on the car and gave me a hand written receipt with someone else's name on it. They also did the inspection later on after we replaced one of the ball joints. We had the car looked at by another official inspection station and they said the car was a death trap. We contacted a state trooper. He did an inspection, failed the car, and took the sticker. There was a long list of problems. I tried to get a refund before I got the cops involved and he refused. This was also before the 10 days were up for the inspection. I paid for the car on the 13th of Feb. 2008.

- Elkland, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 151998

(reported on)


  • miles
Water leaks under the floormats from near the firewall into the interiors.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

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