really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
123,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. call the junkyard (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1997 Ford Escort engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 102012

Escort LX 2.0L Spi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


The dreaded 'Dropped Valve Seat' problem of Ford Escorts. Well documented design flaw in these next generation 2.0 liter SPI engines (several 'youtube' videos can show you what it sounds like after it happens...).

Ford kicked the can down the road for six model years w/o addressing it. They suck for doing so. ANY 1996-2001 Escort/Tracer or Focus with this engine becomes a ticking bomb as it approaches 100,000 miles. It matters not if the vehicle was well maintained, as the problem lies in the varying rates of expansion/contraction between the aluminum head, and ferrous metal valve seats. They WILL eventually loosen due to bad design regarding the way they are assembled, and drop bits of shrapnel, almost always into the # 4 cylinder. Might as well toss a handful of BB's into your intake manifold. When this eventually happens, it's usually with little or no notice, and nearly always fatal to the motor.

The problem is so widespread that junkyards are frequently sold out of salvageable heads for these engines, yet often have an abundant supply of very nice looking '97-'01 Escort bodies in need of a new motor. Now you know why...

- , Portland, Ore, USA

problem #1

Dec 012010

Escort LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

i got th car in 2009 i fixed it up a little I did the oil changes every 2000 miles i did alot of work to get it running right one year to the day i bot it the motor starts to nock loud and it did not do that be for that day so i think ford start up sucks they are a piece of sh*t.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

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