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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,472 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 #4

Dec 072004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 134,000 miles


Constantly wet condition on driver side floor - during wet weather. Water coming through the floor or firewall (near the floor) and filling the floor with water. 1998 Ford Escort

- Sherwood, OR, USA

problem #3

Sep 202004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,887 miles
The paint on the drivers side front panel was striped off in a car wash. And to my knowledge the cars has not been repainted. Well... not while I've owned it. I am having the car repainted.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 072004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
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 #1

Mar 011999

(reported on)


  • miles
The bolt to put license tags on the car were not proper fit.

- Plattsburg, MO, USA

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