really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,689 miles

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1998 Ford Escort suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 152009

Escort 4-cyl

  • 12,195 miles


Failure of the rear springs on 1998 Ford Escort first in 2003 at 12,195miles and the replacements both failed again in 2009 at 36, 000 miles. Failure appears due to salt corrosion enhancement due to covered spring surface. Ford was contacted and even though there is a tsb on this issue they would offer no assistance. Failure rates are very short. Vehicle was never overloaded and is gently driven.

- South Park, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 172009


  • 36,252 miles
During a state required inspection found both rear coil springs broken. Ford will not take responsibility. This is the second time this has occurred.

- South Park, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 302005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer took 1998 Ford Escort for a oil change on September 30, 2005. The mechanic found both rear coils springs broke. The rear struts were damaged, and the left front tie rod was broken. The mileage on my vehicle at time of service was 71, 127 miles. The consumer used the car for shopping and pleasure with no hard driving at her age. She was surprised to hear this was common for the 1997 and 1998 Ford Escorts. I had other Ford Escorts prior to this one and I had no problem. This problem cost the consumer $732. Had not contacted dealership or manufacturer. Had no accidents. The consumer was not aware that this vehicle had all these problems. This vehicle drives much better and is quieter since had the problems fixed.

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 262003


  • 65,000 miles
While driving 45 mph rear end took off. As a result, driver lost control of vehicle and landed in a ditch. No report of air bag deployment.

- Gilbertsville, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 292003


  • 55,000 miles
While swerving to avoid hitting an animal rear end failed. As a result, vehicle collided into a tree, then flipped, and landed on all four tires. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy.

- Gilbertsville, KY, USA

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