2nd Generation (1991—1996) Escort Problems

This generations ranks 35th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (43%), electrical (20%), and the transmission (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Made Rattling Noises, Then Went Dead 5 complaints at an average of 130,501 miles in the 1995 Ford Escort.
  2. Engine Lacks Power 1 complaints at an average of 72,038 miles in the 1991 Ford Escort.
  3. Runs Roughly, Loss of Power 4 complaints at an average of 139,555 miles in the 1993 Ford Escort.

What Escort Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1996 4 1 90 0.74
1995 19 5 81 3.43
1994 16 2 81 3.45
1993 18 3 82 3.07
1992 1 3 65 0.27
1991 7 4 59 1.88

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