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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,272 miles

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1998 Ford Escort transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Jul 151998


  • miles


I was driving the car on July 15th and stopped at the red light before crossing the tracks and when the light turned green I attempted to go forward and the car would not go forward. I flagged the people behind me to back up and I couldn't go backwards. I panicked because it was early morning rush hour and my 5 year old daughter was with me but after a couple of minutes the car slowly went forward. I called service and made the appointment to take the car in on July 22 which was the earliest they could get me in. On the morning I went to take the car in I was driving down the street at 30 miles per hour and the car started to slow down and I looked at the dashboard and realized that the indicator lights were all on. Fortunately I was able to pull over and had my fiance' with me. I took the car in and needless to say it took two weeks to get a replacement transmission which they said would be brand new and on the receipt it says reman transmission and that there was also a leak at the emv valve which the

- Wyandanch, NY, USA

problem #3

May 251998

(reported on)


  • miles
After slowing to turn and then accelerating again, the transmission slips and the engine revs. Vehicle must be put in regular drive to move. Feels like vehicle is still in overdrive and it never downshifted. Vehicle moves slightly if engine is reved high enough.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 061997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission slips in & out of gear whenever vehicle is at a dead stop or when vehicle's ready to take off. Took to dealer twice because of problem, but mechanic was unable to repair it.

- Williamsburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 091997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When pulling out from a stop, vehicle may lose power. Consumer states transmission slips without warning when pulling from a stop, almost caused an accident on 4 occasions, dealer can not find a remedy for the problem.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

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