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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Escort miscellaneous problems

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 152003

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

Hello, my complaint concerns the rear coil springs of '98 ish Escorts. In my case, the first spring failed at about 80,000 kms and the second was confirmed just today while having a tire replaced due to a puncture. Three garages have made unsolicited comments concerning the awful coils delivered with the car wondering if they (the rear coils) had failed yet. Initially I was skeptical of the mechanics motives; now I just fume when I hear these comments. If this is such a problem, why isn't Ford making arrangements to redress this problem? now I'm wondering whether that busted coil was responsible for yesterday's punctured tire - the garage thought this was certainly not out of the question.

- Kanata, UN, USA

problem #9

Jul 151998

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I have had this problem since I purchased the vehicle, as you are driving the back of the seat will drop down. I had taken it in to the service center and made comment of this to which I was told I have never heard anything like it before. What I have found out over the years and miles, is that the seatbelt strap at the lap can catch on the release lever of the seat and any shifting in position will pull on the lever and release the seat back. This is just a warning to others as it can cause a fatal accident as it catches the unsuspecting driver off guard when the back of your seat falls. I have had this happen over a dozen times since owning the vehicle.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #8

Dec 312000

Escort

  • miles
Air vaccume control

- Stanley, VA, USA

problem #7

Aug 262000

Escort

  • miles

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

No summary

- Willow Springs, NC, USA

problem #6

Jan 011999

Escort

  • miles
Sensor light comes on and off intermittently. Consumer took vehicle to dealership, and mechanic fixed vehicle. Dealership mechanic replaced wiring in front of vehicle, and problem came back three months ago.dealer told her to ride with sensor light on. Service engine soon light on steady due to powertrain control module (PCM) failure.

- Racho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Escort

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Customer is not happy with the interior system : map light, both driver and passanger side mirror in visor and rear door hatch light are all missing in this model year.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Window sill failed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 271998

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
No summary

- Quebec G5y7h1, UN, USA

problem #2

Sep 181998

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
Vehicle involved in two serious collision and driver did not suffer any serious injuries.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 031998

Escort

  • miles
While traveling on a straight portion of highway, driver heard a click sound from under the vehicle. Vehicle swerved to right, driver lost control and crashed.

- Schenectad, NY, USA

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