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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Escort fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 182001

(reported on)


  • miles


When attempting to fueltank gas will spew out of tank. Dealer has been notified.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 241998


  • 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

problem #2

Jul 112000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel guage fails to register the correct amount of fuel. Also, transmission would jump/jerk forward if placed into gear. Whenever the brakes are applied, the transmission would jerk. Rear passenger door cannot be open from the inside. Took to dealer & had transmission replaced. Mechanic indicated nothing was wrong.

- Burlingame, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- Santee, CA, USA

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