Should I buy a 1993 Ford Escort

03-30-2004, 11:36 PM
This car is a 4 cylinder 1.6 liter, auto, Escort LX with 71,502 mi. on it. The car is priced at $990 US dollars. The car starts up well, the engine runs very well (no squeels, plunks, etc.), brakes seem pretty good (no squeaks or grinding) though I do have to push down a bit till the braking starts. When I took the car for a test drive the tranmission worked smoothly and acceleration was very good (for an escort & considering it is auto), but I noticed the "check engine cooling" light was on when I first started driving the car. I think later in the ride the light went off. I did notice the temperature gauge did not go up past normal and the car did not seem to act like the engine was overheating at all. When I asked the dealer about this he said that the cooling system had been checked, and the coolant system was circulating properly, thereforth they did not know why the warning light was on. I asked the dealer if he new any history about the car (what parts were replaced, etc.) and he said he did not have very much information about the car. The test drive lasted for a duration of about 15-20 min. and I drove the car on both a city roads, and a highway. Also both the A/C and the heat worked well, which I tested during this trip. I know this is a very good price for this car, and if this would not cost more than $400.00 (roughly) to be repaired this car would still be a pretty good deal. There is a bit of rust on the body particulary around the back wheel wells, but this is not a huge concern to me. Any assistance would be greatly appriciated.


03-31-2004, 04:00 PM
wow 71 thousand i wish i had that many miles, im pushin 300,000. i have a 93 escort. prob one of the best investments yull make. extremly reliable, and your right about the brakes they arent the best but they do stop you, you just have to push a lil harder than your used to. check engine light....i just got mine to turn of after stareing at it for 2 two years. no one could get it to turn of, then one day i was foolin around under the hood puttin some degreaser on and i found an unplugged cord, i have no idea what it was so i was a lil nervous about hookin it back up, but it didnt explode when i did so i figured it was ok and the light hasnt come on since. the only down side to this car is that the dealers got smart. they knkow a good car when they find one so if you brake somthin, its gona cost you big! i tihink i spent like 400-500 on a new exuast manifold when i busted it....dont ask :nono: ...
other wise aswome car, exremly fun to drive as long as you have some nice backroads to drive on.

03-31-2004, 04:01 PM
o yea and one other thing watch for oil leaks

04-01-2004, 01:15 AM
Hey i checked the car out again today. I know escorts are good cars that is why I was looking at them in the first place! This escort I think has some BIG problems though. When I started it up today I noticed that the engine was making a cherping noise. I also noticed that when I looked in the coolant tank that the coolant didn't seem to be circulating at all. Also the coolant in the tank was really nasty. Could it be that the water pump is broke? I was advised that this located under the engine so it a bitch to get to the water pump to replace it. The cherping noise seems to be coming from the back end of the engine (closest to the windshield). The fan did not turn on either, but the engine may have been somewhat cold.


04-01-2004, 03:03 PM
well i cant say ive ever heard cherping noises...except one time there was a criket in my car...but any way. yea that might be a problem that you might want to avoid, you could have it checked out by someone esle, but you might just be wasting your time and should look for another one.

04-01-2004, 10:20 PM
if you choose to buy it or not, the check coolant light, the coolant is fine, the sensor for it is in a weird place, its in the coolant overflow(resivior)tank, that black stick with the grommet on it, if the coolant is low in the resivior, the light comes on, just add enough coolant into the tank to turn that off, its fine.

04-04-2004, 12:37 PM
Here is some good advice:

First, I would get a Carfax report on it to verify the mileage, wrecks, etc.. Then I would plan on budgeting for a timing belt and water pump change (just to be on the safe side).

I've had two in the past, a 93 and a 94 wagon. They were great cars. I kept them tuned (including transmission!!!) and changed the oil religiously and they both lasted well over 100k. I am currently looking for another one but judging from my luck on checking eBay, you would think that no one drives these things in Texas. I can't find even one that's running and the ones that I've viewed locally have been driven by pigs; nothing at all available in the shape mine were in when I sold them.

Good luck!

04-04-2004, 05:16 PM
1.6L 1993? Are you sure its no a 1.9L or a 1.8L GT??

04-06-2004, 02:42 PM
yea thats what i got(1.9) sorry i thought you put 1.9 also

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