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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,333 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. replace cracked boots to PCV valve (1 reports)
1999 Ford Escort engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 022007

Escort SE 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles


I have an Escort 4 door se 2.0 4cyl automatic. Idle is terrible, shakes real bad. With the air on, the headlights shake at night. Car runs fine, just miserable idle quality. Ford has a TSB about the motor mounts, it's a 12 page TSB. Ford should fix this issue. It's not the only Escort that shakes. Help.

- , Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #5

Oct 282007

(reported on)

Escort 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

The car was fine during the day light , just turn on the lights at night dam your going to break down thats after 2 alternators and a new battery and still does it any suggestions

- , New Market, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 232007

(reported on)

Escort LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

For the past 6 months the damn car idols rough when it wants to. It is hard to start, and feels like is is not getting enough fuel, yet is is burning more than it ever has. I have change the plugs , wires, ignition module, fuel filter, pcv valve, and hose. This cars has more problems then it is worth. And it is a bunch of problems that are not easily fixed. Because it never actually breaks, just a lot of annoying little sh*t to drive you f@% crazy!

- , Rosenberg, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 172007

(reported on)

Escort 2.0L ZETEC

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles


there is an easy fix for the rough idle problem, the boots to PCV valve dry out and crack, causing leaks, engine light, etc. replace these and disconnect battery to reset code, should be good to go from there!! about a $10-$12 fix.(and a little time)

- , Streetman, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 022006

(reported on)

Escort ZX2

  • 100,000 miles

I was really suprised on reading how many other people have the same problem with this car. Ever since I got this car, you could see the steering wheel shaking when the car was running. About a month ago, my check engine light went on, and a couple weeks after that, my car started stalling when I'd approach stop lights or stop signs. It idles real low--around 500 rpm, and the rpm will bounce between 500 and 1000 when it's about to stall. I've heard this can be pretty costly to repair, so I've decided to trade in my car before it gets any worse.

- , McHenry, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 222003

(reported on)

Escort ZX2

  • 16,000 miles

Since I first drove the car at 16,000 miles, I noticed it ran really rough and shakes at stops. It has progresssively gotten worse and now when I come to stops it stalls, when I run my a/c or defrost it stalls. I replaced the transmission at 30,000 miles and it is an automatic!! I have replaced everything the dealership wanted and now hundreds of dollars later, they tell me it's normal and can't be fixed! Basically never buy a Ford, I suppose their trucks aren't bad but their service blows and the customer service is a joke!

- , Pickerington, OH, USA

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