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3.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,452 miles

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1998 Ford Escort suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 162007

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,300 miles

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

Coil spring on 1998 Ford Escort broke and almost blew out the tire. Brought it to the repair shop to get it fixed and replaced the tire.

- Elk Grove , IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 142006

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While having possible brake noises checked, the mechanic, while the car was on the lift, saw that both rear coil springs were broken. He stated that the marks he saw indicated that they had been broken for a while.

- Vinton, VA, USA

problem #8

Feb 132006

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles
Was having my 1998 Escort serviced. Mechanic found both rear coil springs had fractured in same spot. Had them repaired there instantly at a cost of $710.10. I called Ford they said no recall, I then brought springs to my Ford dealer to show them and to ask for reimbursement for defective parts, I am still waiting for an answer. However Ford did offer to get rid of the springs for me but I still have them in my trunk.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 302005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #6

Jan 012005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Escort wagon. While having routine maintenance on vehicle the mechanic found that the rear coil spring broke with something holding it into place. The rear coil spring needed to be replaced. The contact she has not contacted the manufacturer.

- Moriches, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 252005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
1998 Ford Escort. The consumer took the vehicle to dealer to be serviced, and the service department noticed the rear coil springs were broken, approximately 1 turns from the top. The consumer contacted Ford, and they told him the part was not under warranty. The coil springs were replaced. There had been no noticeable problems before this. The caplipers were replaced due them being frozen. The crank pulley and serpentine belt were replace.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 112004

Escort

  • 74,000 miles

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

While driving at 45 mph consumer heard a grinding noise coming from the rear coil springs. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Byron, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 012003

Escort

  • 35,000 miles
Failure of vehicle's rear suspension coils. Nar 08/01/2003

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 042003

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear coil strings broke at 70,000 miles on 1998 Ford Escort wagon.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 172003

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,715 miles
Both rear coil springs on my 1998 Ford Escort SE wagon were found to be broken (each cracked and broke in two pieces beneath the plastic sleeve). Vehicle had 52,715 miles at the time, but from corrosion evidence of broken springs, it appears they may have been broken for awhile prior to discovery. Four other incidents noted on same year/make/model vehicle within this database.

- California, MD, USA

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