really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,000 miles

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1998 Ford Escort wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 052013

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Escort. The vehicle was equipped with kelly springfield tire size 185/65/14. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph and he heard a loud, abnormal noise coming from the rear tires. The contact detected that both rear tires had a defect within the inner liner and the cords were visible. The vehicle was taking to the dealer and the tires were replaced. The manufacturer was aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 10/31/13

- Air Force Base, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 192010

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Escort. The tire brand was bridge stone insignia sl, tire size was P175/65R14. The dot was unknown. While driving approximately 67 mph, the contact stated that the front right passenger tire blew out without warning. The tires were on the vehicle when it was purchased. The dealer nor the manufacturer were notified. There were no recalls or warranties on the tires. The current and failure mileages were approximately 150,000. Updated 02/08/11 update 02/14/11

- Waldoboro, ME, USA

problem #3

Sep 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Hello, my complaint concerns the rear coil springs of '98 ish Escorts. In my case, the first spring failed at about 80,000 kms and the second was confirmed just today while having a tire replaced due to a puncture. Three garages have made unsolicited comments concerning the awful coils delivered with the car wondering if they (the rear coils) had failed yet. Initially I was skeptical of the mechanics motives; now I just fume when I hear these comments. If this is such a problem, why isn't Ford making arrangements to redress this problem? now I'm wondering whether that busted coil was responsible for yesterday's punctured tire - the garage thought this was certainly not out of the question.

- Kanata, UN, USA

problem #2

Jun 162001

(reported on)


  • miles
Tire T301887-gcw-74M8ms - tire blowout at 65 mph. (dot number: Mkmf bewr tiresize: P185/60R15)

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 182000

(reported on)


  • miles
Tires (no make or size) will not hold air adequately, consumer adds air about once a week, tire pressure is as low as 20.

- Apo Ae, NY, USA

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