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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,446 miles

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1998 Ford Escort engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Dec 022002

Escort

  • miles

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

Service engine soon light appeared on dash. The consumer stated the trouble dated back to the recall, prior to the recall there were no problems. The dealer stated the problem was due to an over sensitive sensor or air being in the gas tank. The problem was determined to be a bogus code. Nar 1/21/2003

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #25

Sep 082004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
While driving vehicle shook and made noise. Then, suddenly vehicle shut down. The engine was defective. Car shook and made noises. The vehicle refused to start or move after it shut off. The mechanic stated that the vehicle had engine problems. Updated 11/29/2005 - updated 12/07/05.

- Belle Mead, NJ, USA

problem #24

Aug 192004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. The consumer tried to restart, the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the engine needed replacement. Please fill in additional information.

- Baxley, GA, USA

problem #23

Sep 082003

Escort

  • miles

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

Vehicle engine light stays on. Parts has been repaired three times but problem still exist. Please provide additional information.

- Cotati, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 162003

Escort

  • miles
Engine is failing prematurely. Dealer notified.

- Wesson, MS, USA

problem #21

Jun 272003

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,095 miles
I have a 1998 Ford Escort I only have 19.099 miles. I purchase this card on November OF1998, therefore the driving time will be 4 years on this November. My engine went dead. The dealer is telling me that my car no longer has any warranty. I have explained that I have expended $140 for the use of this new car for 4 years. An as far I cold see. The engine was already defective from the manufacturer. Because if I have driven this car 20.000 miles on the first two years the defective engine would had gone long before that. And you would have recognized that this engines a lemon and I would have a replacement then. I have this car service by them. They have all service records of my vehicle engine checks. So my question is what went wrong when there were servicing my car all this time? I do not have a car now when I most need it.you see the reason I bought a new car was because my wife became disable and I need it a dependable car. My wife has ms.

- Elmhurst, NY, USA

problem #20

May 292003

Escort

  • miles

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

Engine check light is on all the time. Dealer notified.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #19

Feb 012003

Escort

  • miles
Intermittent stalling while driving. Dealer has been unable to duplicate problem or determine cause. Ph...

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #18

Nov 222002

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles
There have been many problems with my 1998 Ford Escort since I purchased it new in August, 1998. The most severe and recent problem was repaired in December, 2002. The head gasket blew, causing major overheating problems in my vehicle. The vehicle had less than 40,000 miles. I am not certain if the head gasket became faulty while vehicle was being built, or if fullerton Ford damaged the gasket while doing work on my vehicle, and then attempted to sodder the part together. According to corbo's auto service in somerville, the gasket had a "soddered" hole in it which caused the gasket to blow. Fullerton form was the only repair facility I had taken my vehicle to be repaired before it was taken to corbo's. I have called Ford on several occasions to complain about the service work at fullerton. I have expressed to them that I believe fullerton Ford was hurting my vehicle more than it was helping it. The Ford company has not been very supportive in my efforts to investigate fullerton Ford service practices.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #17

Nov 062002

Escort

  • miles
Consumer states while driving on highway at approximately 50-60mph the engine's timing belt broke causing engine to stall.

- Youngville, NC, USA

problem #16

Aug 172002

Escort

  • miles

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

While exiting a parking lot heard grinding noise and smelled something burning. Consumer's vehicle suddenly came to a stop when crankshaft slid off, and went into steel frame of vehicle, causing vehicle to shut off.

- Malverne, NY, USA

problem #15

Aug 092002

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Harmonic balancer for the king pin broke. Consumer states while exiting parkway, there was a loud vibration coming from the front end, the harmonic balancer was hitting into the wall of the vehicle, consumers husband checked under the vehicle to see what the problem was, his hand slipped and got caught between the belt and the balancer, resulting in his finger having to be amputated.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #14

Dec 011998

Escort

  • miles
When you try to use the washer fluid it leaks on the hood of the car causing the hood to become discolored from the windsheild washer fluid. Also whenever you are at a stop the car starts to shake, they Ford say that it is from the engine mounts and that it is not hazardous so they will not do anything about. Last their is problems with the transmision, whenever you are moving slow or in a stop position and start to move the car jerks really bad. It makes you feel like someone ran into you or that you ran something over. I have reported this to the company, but they can't do nothing about. I have heard other people with the ecaxt same car have the exact same problems

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #13

Aug 072001

Escort

  • miles
Harmonic balancer separated/broke causing serpentine and timing belts to malfunction.no previous problems with vehicle and luckily it occurred while vehicle parked with engine running.original warranty "expired" less than 2 months prior.understand now that this is a common problem from mechanics and the NHTSA website.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #12

Aug 092001

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Crankshaft/ pulley came loose from mounting and shifting over, causing vehicle to lose all power. Piece that broke off jammed gear, and timing belt was changed and reset. Manufacturer and dealer did not know of a problem, and didn't ofer to do anything. Warranty was expired. Part number and name is damper part# F7cz-6316-ba. The pully was lose and shifted half inch causing the belt to shread.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 292001

Escort

  • miles
Dampner pulley came apart from crankshaft. Inside wall of vehicle was the only thing keeping it from falling out onto the ground. I notified Ford company that a 3 year old vehicle should not have parts falling off. They informed me that there was nothing they could do since the warranty had ran out. I am very unhappy with the attitude they have towards their customers.

- Hartford City, IN, USA

problem #10

Feb 152001

Escort

  • miles
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 #9

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 #8

Oct 102000

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
Vehicle experienced a motor mount problem which caused the vehicle to vibrate, the dealer was unable to remedy the problem after several attempts, so the consumer was rolled into another vehicle where a great deal of money was lost.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #7

Jul 241998

Escort

  • miles
Engine vibrates, and has a high idle. Engine runs rough and shakes. Engine surges and hesitates. Car stalls. I have had the vehicle in for this same repair several times since the purchase of it. The mechanics have replaced spark plugs, fuel guage, fuel filter, valve idle air control, vapor management, motor mounts. The dearlership in hillsborough replaced a cable something (the service manger quit and a ticket was not found for this repair.) the vehicle continues to have same problem without being totally fixed. The last time I brought the car in for stalling, the repair was done, but the next morning the car continued to stall. As of this date, I am taking the car in for the same problem again. Please note: In reviewing the information after submittting I noticed that in # of failures passenger air bag deployed 8 times with the date of 7/24/98. This is incorrect, car was not in an accident and air bags were not used.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

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