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

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1998 Ford Escort exhaust system problems

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

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

Sep 121998


  • miles
Vehicle started, engine rattled upon acceleration at all speeds at 2300 miles. After numerous failed repair attempts by dealer, I sent complaint to Ford dsb board.working throgh arbitration vehicle looked at by engineer.they replaced PCM.problem got worse, along with new problems, lack of power, hard start, transmission hesitaing.then they replaced fuel pump, didnt help, then ignition switch, didnt help, then mass air flow sensor and air filter, didnt help.finally vehicle started stalling while driving, during acc. Towed back to shop, Ford had it six weeks this time replaced PCM two more times.I have vehicle back, still problem with transmission hesitating.vehicle in shop eight times for same or related problems and totalling almost three months in shop. Still in arbitration, consdering closing case and taking to dsb. Personally.

- N.Lv., NV, USA

problem #1

Jun 111998


  • miles
Air cleaner/filter and intake are located at bottom of engine. When driving through approximately six inches of water engine blew.

- Indianapol, IN, USA

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