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4.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 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 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 252005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

1998 Ford Escort. The consumer took the vehicle to dealer to be serviced, and the service department noticed the rear coil springs were broken, approximately 1 turns from the top. The consumer contacted Ford, and they told him the part was not under warranty. The coil springs were replaced. There had been no noticeable problems before this. The caplipers were replaced due them being frozen. The crank pulley and serpentine belt were replace.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #5

Apr 072003

Escort

  • miles
The vehicle's belt tenioner assembly broke 3 time. The consumer had to replace the housing for water pump, timing belt tenioner and mico V belt.

- Ava, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 112003

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Each time when vehicle splashes in a puddle of water the serpentine belt comes off.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #3

Feb 152001

Escort

  • miles

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

Because crankshaft dampner is defective serpentine belt was worn out and replaced. When it was worn out again in only 5000 miles the problem with the crankshaft dampner was found.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 052001

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Pulley had frozen and serpentine belt had came off. It was frayed. It then shot up into the timing belt. This caused the timing belt to jump & caused vehicle to stop. This is the 2nd time this problem had happened. The mechanic had repaired it the first time at 24,000 miles. The surpentine belts had to be replaced at 25000 miles and again at 54000 miles.

- Anderson, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 162000

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Due to a defective balancer that came apart through the serpertine belt, engine head gasket to blew out, causing vehicle to, stall unexpectly which may have resulted in a crash.

- Cary, NC, USA

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