really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Escort engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 232001

(reported on)


  • miles


Vehicle vibrates terribly at stops signs, consumer was advised by mechanic that Ford is aware that this is a known problem, which is called "poor idle quality" and that a recall would probably go out soon to remedy the problem, consumer still has not received any recall notification and the vibation is intolerable and very loud.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 241998


  • miles
Engine vibrates, and has a high idle. Engine runs rough and shakes. Engine surges and hesitates. Car stalls. I have had the vehicle in for this same repair several times since the purchase of it. The mechanics have replaced spark plugs, fuel guage, fuel filter, valve idle air control, vapor management, motor mounts. The dearlership in hillsborough replaced a cable something (the service manger quit and a ticket was not found for this repair.) the vehicle continues to have same problem without being totally fixed. The last time I brought the car in for stalling, the repair was done, but the next morning the car continued to stall. As of this date, I am taking the car in for the same problem again. Please note: In reviewing the information after submittting I noticed that in # of failures passenger air bag deployed 8 times with the date of 7/24/98. This is incorrect, car was not in an accident and air bags were not used.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #2

May 011998


  • miles
Poor pickup, poor interstate onramp speed, rough idle.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Engine idle remains at high RPM's while changine gears. Mjs

- Banning, CA, USA

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