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1999 Ford Escort Sedan

4dr Sdn SE

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Pre-Owned Profile: 1991-1996 Ford Escort

Source: AutoTrader.com

Around the world, the Ford Escort has always been one of the most popular cars on the road. It offers a decently roomy package in what is a reasonably-sized car for most parts of the world. Here in the U.S., though, it's very much regarded as a small car, vying for space on the road alongside monster SUVs.

Nonetheless, the Escort in its various forms -- as a two- or four-door hatchback or as a four-door sedan or wagon -- has become a favorite with those looking for a solid subcompact car with high value. It was the top-selling car in the U.S. several times since it was first introduced here in 1981. It continued to be the first or second best-selling small car almost every year until being replaced by the Ford Focus.

From 1991, the U.S. version of the Escort was based on the same platform as the Mazda ProtÈgÈ, which is as good a small Japanese car as any. The Escort has been offered in a wide variety of different trim packages to suit different tastes. In 1997, a sporty ZR2 coupe version was introduced that is more of a driver's car.

Anyone looking for a small car that offers excellent value for the money should consider the Escort, especially the newer models.

 

What You Need To Know:

1. Review of a 1994 Ford Escort

2. Summary of Good and Bad Points by Owners

3. History of Escort

4. Review of Current Model

5. Basic Facts

6. Changes Year-to-Year

7. Option Installment Rate

8. Sales History

9. Awards and Commendations Earned

10. Other Reviews

11. Price of Spare Parts

 

1. Pre-Owned Vehicle Review - 1994 Ford Escort Wagon

Likes: good value for money, adequate performance with manual transmission

Dislikes: automatic seat belts, slow acceleration with auto transmission

Competitors: Mercury Tracer (same platform), Chevrolet Cavalier, Dodge/Plymouth Neon, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Saturn.

Miles: 86,500

Condition: B+

Price when new: $11,500 (est.)

Estimated value: $6,000 (1998)

When I jumped into this high-mileage Escort Wagon, I expected to find a car that had seen better days. After all, the Escort is one of the lowest-cost cars on the market and they often get abused to a greater extent than more expensive cars. Instead, I found a car in pretty good condition with only a few minor scratches and some faded paintwork in places.

Thanks to the manual transmission, performance was pretty snappy for an engine only producing 88 horsepower. The stick shift still felt precise and there was no play in the clutch. One-third of Escorts sold in 1994 were fitted with a manual transmission, which is much higher percentage than normal. If you can put up with doing your own shifting there's a good chance of finding one for sale -- you'll find the car performs much better than with an automatic.

On the road the car felt quite good, if not up to newer standards of ride or handling. There was the inevitable road noise exasperated somewhat by the wagon design. In some ways engine noise does not seem as intrusive in a manual-transmission car as the driver is more in control of the engine speed. But a small four-cylinder engine has to work harder, so it will most often be noisier than a bigger engine.

Despite its compact size there is a decent amount of interior space -- especially in the wagon. With its longer roofline, rear seat headroom is good. Although the hatchback versions offer good storage space with the rear seat folded they have less rear seat headroom. Over one-third of Escorts sold were station wagon versions in many years so there is a good chance of finding one. The model that sold in the smallest number was the GT version with the higher performance Mazda-built 1.8-liter engine.

The car I drove had plain cloth seats, which showed little sign of wear despite the high mileage. The front seats are not contoured much, and lack the support one has come to expect in newer cars. Two cupholders and a small storage tray are located in the center console. The vehicle I drove also had the optional rear cargo cover, which I reckon is essential in a station wagon, and a roof rack.

The most annoying aspect of the Escort of this period is the motorized seat belts that were mandated in cars without air bags. Unfortunately, even after airbags were fitted, Ford still opted to keep the "mouse-trap" seat belts in place. One has to remember to latch the lap belt separately from the shoulder belt. Decent manual seat belts did not return until the Escort was totally redesigned in 1997.

For a couple of years a majority of Escorts were sold as a one-price package that made them one of the best buys on the market. Remember also that the Escort was essentially identical to the Mercury Tracer and the Mazda ProtÈgÈ. These were sold as upmarket models from the Escort so are likely to be more expensive.

 

 

2. Summing It Up - Owners Views

Good:

"Good gas mileage"

"Few problems"

"No complaints"

"Never broken down"

"Good in snow thanks to FWD"

"Hard to come up with anything negative"

Bad:

"Grandma styling"

3. History of Escort

Ford first introduced the Escort nameplate in England in 1968, but it was not used in the U.S. until 1981. Just as it had in Europe, the Escort quickly became one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. The U.S. version, though of similar size, has always been quite different from the European model.

In 1991 the U.S. Escort (and its near-identical twin the Mercury Tracer) was substantially redesigned and based on the Mazda ProtÈgÈ platform, thanks to Ford's close involvement with Mazda. Even though its appearance didn't change much, its reputation as a reliable car improved tremendously.

The fourth-generation Escort (and Mercury Tracer) was introduced in 1996 as a 1997 model. Although still based on the same Mazda-designed platform as the previous generation its looks changed more radically than ever. The wheelbase was unchanged, though the suspension received numerous refinements. Overall, the length of the Escort increased by four inches, giving it quite a bit more interior space. The engine's capacity was upped to 2.0 liters and the horsepower rating went up by 25 percent.

A two-door coupe called the Escort ZX2 appeared in 1997. Although the Ford Focus was introduced as the replacement for the Escort in 2000, Ford continued to sell the Escort sedan mainly to rental car companies through 2001. The ZX2 however continued to be sold at least through 2003.

 

4. Review of Newer Escort (1997 on)

You can check out the pre-owned profile for information on the newer Escort models elsewhere on autotrader.com.

 

5. Basic Facts: 1991 - 1996 Ford Escort

Vehicle Type: Subcompact Sedan/Coupe/Wagon

No. Passengers: up to five

Origin of assembly: Wayne, MI and Hermosillo, Mexico

Engine (standard): 1.9-liter 88 hp SOHC I-4

(optional): 1.8-liter 127 hp DOHC I-4

Transmission: 5-spd manual, 4-spd. automatic; front-drive

Length: 170 inches (wagon 171 inches)

Wheelbase: 98 inches

Width: 67 inches

Height: 53 inches

Curb weight: 2400 lbs. (approx.)

Cargo volume: 12/36/67 cu. ft. (sedan/hatchback/wagon)

Fuel tank capacity: 12 gals.

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway): 30/37 (1.9-liter, manual); 25/33 (1.9-liter, auto); 26/31 (1.8-liter, manual); 23/30 (1.8-liter, auto)

Safety and Recall information can be obtained from a variety of sources including elsewhere on autotrader.com.

 

6. Changes in the Ford Escort line 1993 - 1996

1993 Model Year

Minor styling changes at trim level.

GT model gets new spoiler.

1994 Model Year

Driver-side airbag added as standard.

1995 Model Year

Passenger side airbag becomes available, but motorized shoulder belts remain.

Improved instrument panel with more powerful A/C

Integrated child seat offered as option.

1996 Model Year

The 1.9-liter engine gets 100,000 mile tune-up interval.

Automatic transmission gets lower final drive ratio for improved performance.

 

7. Option Installment Rate

Generally, when you order a new car you have a choice of factory-installed options. When you buy a used vehicle the choice is limited to what was actually installed on vehicles sold in that model year. Use this option installment rate as a guide to the chances of finding particular options on a used vehicle. Source: Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

Standard on all models: motorized front shoulder belts, driver side airbag from 1994 on, dual airbags from 1995 on

1993 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine: 1.9-liter (SOHC) 94%, 1.8-liter (DOHC) 6%

Transmission: Auto 64%, Manual 36%

Body Style: 2-door hatchback 24%, 4-door sedan 19%

4-door hatchback 16%

4-door wagon 41%

Air Conditioning: 97%

Cruise Control: 19%

Power Steering: 98%

Power Windows: 6%

1994 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine: 1.9-liter (SOHC) 97%, 1.8-liter (DOHC) 3%

Transmission: Auto 67%, Manual 33%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 31%

4-door sedan 17%

4-door hatchback 14%

4-door wagon 38%

Air Conditioning: 97%

Cruise Control: 19%

ABS Brakes: <1%

Power Steering: 98%

Power Windows: 14%

1995 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine: 1.9-liter (SOHC) 98%, 1.8-liter (DOHC) 2%

Transmission: Auto 72%, Manual 28%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 29%

4-door sedan 19%

4-door hatchback 16%

4-door wagon 36%

Air Conditioning: 97%

Cruise Control: 19%

ABS Brakes: <1%

Power Steering: 99%

Power Windows: 15%

1996 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine: 1.9-liter (SOHC) 99%, 1.8-liter (DOHC) <1%

Transmission: Auto 69%, Manual 31%

Body Style:

2-door hatchback 52%

4-door sedan 10%

4-door hatchback 10%

4-door wagon 28%

Air Conditioning: 97%

Cruise Control: 18%

ABS Brakes: 0%

Power Steering: 99%

Power Windows: 11%

 

8. Production/Sales Volume History:

Normally a model year runs from October to September. Often though, when a new version is introduced it hits the market before October. Legally, a model year can start as early as January of the preceding year. Accurate model year sales counts are almost impossible to collect as different model year vehicles are regularly sold side-by-side for several months. Production figures, when listed, include vehicles made for export to Canada, Mexico and overseas. Source: manufacturers

1993 Model Year

Production run: Dec. 1993 through Aug. 1994

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 241,279

1994 Model Year

Production run: Dec. 1993 through Aug. 1994

Total number produced: 310,819

Total no. sold in U.S.: 326,757

1995 Model Year

Production run: Aug. 1994 through Oct. 1995

Total number produced: 412,988

Total no. sold in U.S.: 301,617

1996 Model Year

Production run: Nov. 1995 through Feb. 1996

Total number produced: 146,409

Total no. sold in U.S.: n/a

 

9. Awards and Commendations

No significant awards

 

10. Quotes

"The Best Buy Ford Escort . . . . delivers solid, sensible transportation in a wide variety of two- and four-door configurations, including a subcompact station wagon that could well be the most practical affordable car on the road." -- Consumers Digest 1994

"The Ford Escort is a huge seller to both retail customers and rental fleets -- the latter because of the great combination of room and price. It is the value factor, and the Escort's overall competence, that make this car's popularity so widespread. " – newcartestdrive.com 1995

 

11. Cost of Parts (relative to other vehicles)

Headlight unit: $185 (above average)

Side marker lamp: $35 (average)

Door (left front): $670 (above average)

Fender (left front): $190 (average)

Note: these are estimated retail prices for commonly replaced body parts on a 1995 model. Prices are current as of mid-1998 but will vary from region to region and are subject to change at any time. Source: ADP Collision

 

The Rettie Report and Pre-Owned Profiles contain objective information from a variety of sources. The subjective comments are those of John Rettie.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
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Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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