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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,800 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 302005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer took 1998 Ford Escort for a oil change on September 30, 2005. The mechanic found both rear coils springs broke. The rear struts were damaged, and the left front tie rod was broken. The mileage on my vehicle at time of service was 71, 127 miles. The consumer used the car for shopping and pleasure with no hard driving at her age. She was surprised to hear this was common for the 1997 and 1998 Ford Escorts. I had other Ford Escorts prior to this one and I had no problem. This problem cost the consumer $732. Had not contacted dealership or manufacturer. Had no accidents. The consumer was not aware that this vehicle had all these problems. This vehicle drives much better and is quieter since had the problems fixed.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 162004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,200 miles
I took my 1998 Ford Escort to gagne Ford in princeton, Wisconsin, to have the oil changed. The technician informed me that they recommend replacing the tie rods. "outer tie rod ends. Right outer is loose. Left outer is siezed." Since there is only 23,200 miles on the car, I checked for recalls. Are people just having this repair done and not reporting it" do I really need this work done"

- Wautoma, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 272003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I read that that NHTSA conducted a study on tie rod end failure in Ford cars at some point. I have just had two sets of tie rod ends replaced on my Ford Escort (98 model year) within a span of a year and a half. If you are still collecting data for this issue, I respectfully submit my case.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #1

Mar 022002


  • miles
Consumer states front tie rod end on both side wore excessesively. Nlm

- Ontario, CD, USA

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