Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,500 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

May 082006

Escort 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,000 miles


: the contact stated the check engine light illuminated however the vehicle exhibited no problems. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 151998


  • miles
The vehicle is equipped with the rear defroster, but the rear defroster is inoperable which causes visual problems in the rear, may result in an accident. Dealer cannot determine problem. Consumer stated there is a knock when starting the vehicle, and driving at 60 mph, also engine is consuming 4 quarts of oil, also vehicle overheated.

- Blakeslee, PA, USA

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