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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,500 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 032005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


After exiting highway from a 20 mile trip, the idle on the vehicle became rough when stopped. The best description was that the idle started to surge and pulse with the brake engaged and the vehicle fully stopped. Just prior to pulling into driveway (less than a mile from highway) the radio and ventilation system began to cut in and out. Upon parking the vehicle, the battery was dead and the vehicle would not start. One hour later, vehicle was started, dashboard battery light was on, idle became rough and pulsed close to a stall.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #1

Jul 152005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
There was no warning, no lights, no noise before the alternator failed. The vehicle lost all power and was concerned about what would happen while driving along a crowded highway. The consumer contacted Ford and was waiting for a response. This happened Friday July 15th, 2005.

- Hammond , IN, USA

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