View Full Version : bye bye F150 Hello Escort!

03-21-2009, 03:19 AM
I posted my f150 in craigslist last night and in a few hours some one emailed me saying they need a truck, and had a car. So for letting them have my truck, they gave me a car! :)
Anyway its a '95 escort sedan LX
1.9 4 Cylinder 4 Speed Auto 136,000 Miles
The cars runs great, there is a few bugs I have to work out, the auto belt doesnt fasten on the drivers side, cluster bulb is burn out. front end rides rough (needs struts)
Overall its a good car, im going to redo the rims, have maaco give it a once-over, there is a lot of litle rust spots.
after owning 2 fords i have to say that the interior is bulit better then gm cars (no offense)
last but not least i have a maserati semi truck air horn im going to put in it because the current one sounds like a clown horn on a unicycle
there wasnt anything wrong with the truck, but being my first vehicle, i need to learn to navigate before i start driving a big old bus.

03-21-2009, 04:10 AM
Those generation of Escorts are actually very nice cars, and the interiors in them are leagues better than the newer 97-2000?? generation of Escorts. They are the same car underneath though, and share a LOT with the Mazda Protege's of the same era. Parts can be expensive though. A power window switch for my wife's old 94 Escort GT was over 300.00 from Ford & I could not EVER find any at the junkyard. Ford parts are usually 2 to 3 times as much as GM's.

I would take a mid-nineties Escort over a mid-nineties Cavalier any day. Make mine a stickshift though!

03-21-2009, 04:23 AM
'95 escort sedan LX
1.9 4 Cylinder 4 Speed Auto

Maybe, someday, I'll buy one of those vehicles with electronically-controlled 4-speed automatic transmission, but for now, I'll stick with the old transmissions...125c, 700r4, etc....or manual shift transmissions.

I know very little about Fords, but I'd consider changing that transmission oil, and filter.

03-21-2009, 04:31 AM
idk, Ive heard bad things about those cars.

03-21-2009, 12:13 PM
notorious for head gaskets,brake lines rot out,alloy rims leak air,and yes change tranny oil, brakes r cheap tho

03-21-2009, 01:06 PM
Looks like a decent car. A while back I bought a 93 Escort wagon with a 5speed and around 125k miles on it for $300. It was a northern car, and pretty rusted. I drove the car about 10 miles from the guy's house, and the clutch burned out. That's about all the experience I have with them. Lol

I do know quite a bit about the older escorts though. Ive owned 5 first generation scorts. (81-90)
I think those were the best built of all escorts, and plus they were the only ones that were purely made by ford, no mazda counterparts.

03-21-2009, 02:03 PM
Wonder how this one will get "improved"???

The Mad Hatter
03-21-2009, 03:24 PM
And so the saga continues....

03-21-2009, 03:24 PM
^ Me too

But on the plus side, it is a very decent car. My buddy had one, got it from an elderly couple going into a nursing home for about $1500. The old man said it had 150,000 miles, but he must of had poor vision because it was 15000. My friend offered them $2500 to be fair and try to be as nice as possible since he was practically stealing it, they declined the offer. He drove that up until November last year when he sold it with 124K for $1500 lol The only thing he really had wrong other than normal maintenance was something with the alignment or something where it kept wearing the tire real bad on the inside side on the rear and a master cylinder. Great car and there's aftermarket parts for you Fizz, won't have to make everything yourself. I'll try and find this one escort like yours, its got a fully body kit and rims, I actually like it and almost convinced me to get one, I'll pm a picture to you if I find it

03-21-2009, 04:00 PM
Eh, my friend had 2 escorts, a 90 and then a 94 Wagon. That 1.9 If ever run hot, will eventually drop a valve seat and beat the fuck out of the piston. Pretty common, we got away with a new head and it being ok. Those retarded automatic seatbelts are a troublesome joke. Oh and ford LOVES to make every part you can think of ford only, or super duper horridly expensive, and requires special tool this and special tool that. Some of the most expensive cars to mantain come from ford....

My friend got his wagon in mint condition out of some guys field, they couldnt figure out why it wouldnt start, they GAVE it to him for free, and it was the stupid clutch saftey swith, hehe. Fucker wrecked it too......

03-21-2009, 09:40 PM
Guess my 90 1.9 with 200,000 miles is a POS afterall...My daughter drives the Hell out of it still..I have had 3 Escorts for beaters and all gave me over 200,000 miles and I sold them for more than I originally bought them for...

03-21-2009, 09:40 PM
i had to replace the cluster bulbs couldnt get my hand behind to undo the speed cable i had to undo it from the trany!

03-21-2009, 10:32 PM
Those engines will run forever IF mounted to a 5 speed tranny. The heat that gets trapped by the auto tranny causes the head to blow. Same problem out of the same generation Chevy Cavaliers. Good gas milage, ok to work on. But then again, it only is a Ford in name. Its really a Mazda in disquise..

03-21-2009, 11:48 PM
well the 1.9 is far from mazda.....ill agree the 1.8DOHC is definatly mazda tho!

03-22-2009, 04:14 AM
My wife's had the 1.8. It was a great little motor. It had very similar driving dynamics to my old 16v Golf. It was a blast to drive. We finally sold it with 200k on the clock back in '04 for 2 grand. The only reaso we sold it was that the parts were expensive, and the motor was starting to burn a prodigious amount of oil. Not bad considering the way that car was treated!