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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Escort brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #15

Feb 082005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving in inclement weather driver applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. Vehicle hydro planed, and the driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, smashing into a concrete barrier. Upon impact, both airbags did not deploy. The driver refused medical attention on the scene, but went to the hospital later that day. Vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #14

May 182001

Escort

  • miles
While driving would step on brakes pedal to stop, but pedal will go alway to floor, and tires will not skid.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #13

May 082001

(reported on)

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Numerous problems with brakes. Deaelr has replaced 3-4 sets of brakes. Also, replaced rotors twice, and resurfaced rotors twice.there was constant squeaking when applying brakes.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #12

Dec 052000

Escort

  • miles

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

Entered expressway and throttle linkage stuck open. Got vehicle slowed from upwards to 75 mph by smashing brakes and slowed enough to exit. Was not able to slow down to a stop so turned right on exited street and once straightened out, while still moving at approx. 30mph, shifted in neutral, letting the motor race uncontrollably while vehicle was brought to a stop. At that time lever was put into park and motor turned off. Driver shaken up and vehicle motor may be compromised due to stuck accelerator over-revving. Looked for a recall for model type for stuck throttle linkage-none for Escort but there is one for Ford like model, the Contour, recall # 99V194000. Escort was built in 3/1998 which falls under time of recall for other Ford product.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #11

Aug 282000

Escort

  • miles
Vehicle moves while foot is on the brake. Consumer tries to brake, and foot goes almost to the floor.

- Glen Island, NE, USA

problem #10

Aug 082000

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
Brakes made 'clicking' noise when changing directions, fixed in December, and again in June. I don't think this is right! 2nd prob - when turning right, there is a 'click'. was informed by servicer that they were advised not to fix it per Ford Motor Co.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #9

Dec 061999

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles

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

ABS locked up resulting in vehicle collision.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Dec 141999

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
When applying the brakes in wet conditions vehicle slides into the lane beside it, left or right. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 061999

Escort

  • miles
Consumer was driving on the freeway., she attempted to change lanes and applied brakes, pedal went down to the floor, and the vechicle swerved into traffic and hit another vehicle. No injuries reported.

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 041999

Escort

  • miles
Vehicle would accelerate. Would start revving at stop light/sign. Manua clutch makes noise. Speed not a factor. The brakes would jerk & jiggle when applied. Had rattle in right front after repairs. Was informed that was normal.

- Roseboro, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 181999

Escort

  • miles

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

No summary listed for this vehicle.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 211998

Escort

  • miles
Brakes do not operate properly, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer contacted, and cannot remedy problem. Problem still exists. Provide further information.

- Parksville, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 101998

Escort

  • miles
ABS brake failure. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not covered under bumper to bumper warranty. Consumer believes that it is not normal for brakes to wear out at 25000 miles of wear. Consumer needs help in this matter.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 121998

Escort

  • miles
While driving South about 35-40mph, another vehicle turned the corner, heading North & speeding, drifted into Escort's lane. Escort driver applied brakes to avoid vehicle, & vehicle pulled left. It skidded across the road & hit a pole. ABS did not work. Right brakes had disintergrated. Air bags did not deploy, but seat belt held. Driver has bruised knee. Vehicle totaled by insurance co.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 251998

Escort

  • miles
Consumer experiencing brake failure. Intermittently brakes would squeak or grind. When applying brake pedal the vehicle would either keep going or have a delay before stopping. Vehicle been in/out dealer shop and problem cannot be resolved.

- Gary, IN, USA

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