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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,273 miles

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1998 Ford Escort suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 132008

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 187,000 miles

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

I was sold a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 for 800 dollars, from but behind a local dealership. The dealership did the notary, and they were the ones who signed off on the car and gave me a hand written receipt with someone else's name on it. They also did the inspection later on after we replaced one of the ball joints. We had the car looked at by another official inspection station and they said the car was a death trap. We contacted a state trooper. He did an inspection, failed the car, and took the sticker. There was a long list of problems. I tried to get a refund before I got the cops involved and he refused. This was also before the 10 days were up for the inspection. I paid for the car on the 13th of Feb. 2008.

- Elkland, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 052004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
There were problems with the springs and struts on vehicle. The consumer was informed that she had been driving with cracked springs during a maintenance check.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #9

May 232001

(reported on)

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states vehicle has been experiencing suspension problems including the knuckle.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 292000

Escort

  • miles

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

While driving down the road could feel tire bumpiing. Then, consumer smelled rubber burning. Took to Firestone, and they said that set of the camper was wrong and has to be removed. Consumer said right rear tire on the inside looks like someone. Took a knive and tried to cut a hole in tire off the wheel.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 201999

Escort 4-cyl

  • miles
Since the date of purchase of my Ford Escort sedan, I have taken it to the dealer to check and inspect the vibration sound of the vehicle in which is very annoying especially when driving, I feel the vibration in the gas pedal at any given speed. Secondly the steering wheel squeaks when turning it to the right or the left, especially after turning on the vehicle and while driving and making a left and right turn. I checked the power steering fluid and is at the normal level. Thirdly, I change my oil every 3000 miles and have notice twice that the motor burns up almost a quart of oil every 3000 miles, I've taken it to the dealer and they say that the vehicle take 5 quarts of oil. The vehicle only has 4 cylinder, so it should take 4 quarts. However, they tell me to check again. I have a Ford Escort wagon 1982, and I never had the problems that this Ford Escort 1998 is having. Please advice me what to do and send me any information on recall for this type of vehicle Ford Escort sedan, 4 doors white, VIN number [xxx]. semper fi. [xxx] usmc retired. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico, PR, USA

problem #6

Mar 202000

Escort

  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer to have it checked. Dealer discovered that steering/ brakes squeaked.

- Cabo Rojo, PR, USA

problem #5

Feb 092000

Escort

  • miles

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

While driving about 65 mph vehicle started wandering from side to side on the road and vibrate from rear to front.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 041998

Escort

  • miles
While driving on a straight road, vehicle veered to right, lost contro, overcorrected and hit guardrail on the left side of the road. Vehicle became airborn and flew 60 feet over a creek. 2 passengers sustained injures, and vehicle was totalled.

- Schenectad, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 011998

Escort

  • miles
The driver and passneger side windows vibrate, as well as the glove compartment. To stop rattling you must gently push on one of these 3 things. Other undistinguishable vibrations are heard from within the car.

- Dannemora, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 271998

Escort

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer experiencing on going problem with vehicle vibration. Whenever vehicle is running it would vibrate. Been in/out dealer shop and condition still unresolved.

- Righ, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 021998

Escort

  • miles
Consumer experiencing ongoing problem with vehicle inttermittently popping noise which appears to be coming from the steering column. When making a turn it appears to be coming from the frame. Vehicle been in/out of dealer shop on five occasions, and was informed cause cannot be found/duplicated/or if problem get worth, bring the vehicle back in.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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