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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,382 miles

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1998 Ford Escort suspension problems

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #15

Oct 162010

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Escort. The contact stated that the rear coil springs broke in 2003 and were repaired. The vehicle was at a repair shop getting an oil change when the contact was informed that the rear coil springs had broken again. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 26,000. Updated 01/04/11 updated 01/10/11

- Parma Heights, OH, USA

problem #14

Oct 152006

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
Broken rear springs.

- Sauk Village, IL, USA

problem #13

Aug 082005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,048 miles
Both rear springs broke. This is the second time in less then 6 months for the 2002. This seems to be a major design flaw in Ford Escort. I have a 1998 & 2002 and both have broken rear springs. Also every technician I have talked to knows the problem.

- Liberty, MO, USA

problem #12

May 222005

Escort 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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

Vehicle broke rear springs 2 years ago.

- Highland, NY, USA

problem #11

Apr 262005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,100 miles
Both rear coil springs are broken. The vehicle has seen mostly highway miles and is well kept. There was little to no symptoms of the problem, and was found during an inspection of the rear brakes. It was explained that this could have caused the wheel to separate had it not been found.

- Piqua, OH, USA

problem #10

Nov 262004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
While the state inspection station was inspecting the vehicle inspector informed consumer that both rear springs broke. Dealer was notified, and they informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under a recall.

- Van Etten, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 092003

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,983 miles

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

While having my oil changed, the technician noted that the right rear suspension spring was broken near the bottom. The broken spring did not perceivably alter the function of the car nor did it make noise. It was clarified to me that the spring needed to be replaced and based on the number of complaints on this site I feel it is necessary to have both spring replaced. The estimate for this repair is estimated at about $400.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #8

Aug 282004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brought my car to shop to have struts replaced. Was informed that the rear coil springs had broken and had destroyed the struts as well. Vehicle has 80,00 highway miles on it. I was also informed that this is a common occurrence with this vehicle, and the mechanic has one every week into his shop.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 222003

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
While driving 25-30 mph vehicle made a clunking sound. Drove vehicle to a repairs shop. The technician informed consumer that right rear strut spring broke.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 272003

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Rear (both) springs on 1998 Ford Escort broke prior to 55,000 miles. Car was not used for any heavy duty driving.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #5

Dec 162002

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,600 miles

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

Rear springs broke at 25,000 miles. The dealer indicated that Ford designed the springs too thin. Ford would not reimburse the cost to me.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #4

May 012003

Escort

  • miles
During a safety inspection for my 1998 Ford Escort, I was advised that both rear springs were broke, which caused both rear struts to weaken. I was also told that this has been a common occurrence on this type vehicle.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 152002

(reported on)

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The driver heard some scrapping noise but wasn't sure what the problem was. The owner had to go through inspection which his vehicle was rejected due to the rear coil springs breaking. He is also aware of someone else with similar failure. Mrjlg

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 132002

Escort

  • miles
Rear spring coils broke while driving.

- Lindenhurst, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 252002

(reported on)

Escort

  • miles
While vehicle was getting inspected discovered that rear coil springs were defective and needed to be replaced. Mechanic stated there was low mileage in vehicle to have coil springs replaced.

- Boston, MA, USA

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