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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Ford Escort engine problems

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #15

Apr 262006

Escort

  • miles

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

I have had near accidents relating to car fuel pump or transmission shops couldn't find any problems but the drivablity of my 98 Escort ZX2 cost me more money in problem solving, 1,500 plus in recent repairs including emergency and repeat repairs and faulty repairs. My fuel economy is 160 miles per tank to almost 200 miles. No one can seem to find the problem(s). Large thunking in rear trunk (scary)when im taking off and reaching a steady speed. Take the car to major Ford dealerships, to no avail. Car doesn't always "go" from a complete stop in traffic, this has caused quite a scare as well. Thank you for helping and making note of my account. Debbie

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 152001

Escort

  • miles
Dealer was unable to diagnose vehicle problem of high pitch whining sound that developed after the engine warmed up to normal operating temperature. In my observations I noted that the engine was not circulating the engine oil properly. When pulling out the oil dipstick it was apparent that a vacuum problem existed in the engine. Also when taking off the oil filler cap a vacuum sound was detected. Finally I removed the part at the top rear of the engine which is connected with hoses to the air filter housing. I immediately noted that the engine started to run smoother and after driving the vehicle for 2 hrs no noise was detected from the engine. It is obvious that the vacuum caused by the defective filter did not allow the engine to be properly circulated in the engine. The vehicle ran hot and the coolant had to be topped off. I feel the defective filter has caused engine damage. I took the part #F8cz-6A768-ab to the local Ford dealership parts dept and have ordered a replacement. My complaint is that Ford and their dealerships could not diagnose a problem that could lead to complete engine failure due to overheating.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 072001

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
Consumer states vehicle often hesitates at low speed, and on occassions will stall, possible engine problems.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 032001

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles

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

The vehicle seens to be shaking, vibrating, stalling and high idle in the engine. Nlm

- Hillsborou, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 012000

Escort

  • miles
Engine would stall out while driving. Would be no warning. Was making weird noises. Took to mechanic & was informed that engine was too big for vehicle. Part of the engine was sticking out or overlapping. It would need to be replaced.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 011999

Escort

  • miles
Engine timing is missing, slight hesitation. Mgm

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 121998

Escort

  • miles

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

Vehicle started, engine rattled upon acceleration at all speeds at 2300 miles. After numerous failed repair attempts by dealer, I sent complaint to Ford dsb board.working throgh arbitration vehicle looked at by engineer.they replaced PCM.problem got worse, along with new problems, lack of power, hard start, transmission hesitaing.then they replaced fuel pump, didnt help, then ignition switch, didnt help, then mass air flow sensor and air filter, didnt help.finally vehicle started stalling while driving, during acc. Towed back to shop, Ford had it six weeks this time replaced PCM two more times.I have vehicle back, still problem with transmission hesitating.vehicle in shop eight times for same or related problems and totalling almost three months in shop. Still in arbitration, consdering closing case and taking to dsb. Personally.

- N.Lv., NV, USA

problem #8

Sep 201999

(reported on)

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hesitates consistently during acceleration and sometimes spark-knock and surge causing the vehicle to lose forward momentum. Nlm

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 201999

(reported on)

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hesitates consistently during acceleration and sometimes spark-knock and surge causing the vehicle to lose forward momentum. Nlm

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 201999

(reported on)

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hesitates consistently during acceleration and sometimes spark-knock and surge causing the vehicle to lose forward momentum. Nlm

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 131999

Escort

  • miles

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

The motor seized up while at a stop. The dealer is repairing the vehicle.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #4

Mar 221999

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
Consumer hears a loud noise everytime she starts the vehicle. Dealer cannot find the cause.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #3

Mar 061998

Escort

  • miles
While at a stop vehicle stalls which may cause an accident. Also, has a no start condition. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 101998

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
The engine on the vehicle started smoking because of a loss of oil in the vehicle. Dealer is in the prcess of replacing engine.

- Warsaw, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 091997

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When pulling out from a stop, vehicle may lose power. Consumer states transmission slips without warning when pulling from a stop, almost caused an accident on 4 occasions, dealer can not find a remedy for the problem.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

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