3rd Generation (1997—2003) Escort Problems

Escort owners with a 1997—2003 model year have the most problems with the engine (45%), transmission (13%), and the electrical (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Dropped Valve Seat Cylinder 9 complaints at an average of 133,394 miles in the 1999 Ford Escort.
  2. Won\'t Go Into Gear 4 complaints at an average of 87,339 miles in the 2001 Ford Escort.
  3. Running Rough 3 complaints at an average of 132,860 miles in the 2002 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 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 4 1 3 2.07
2002 11 1 24 6.71
2001 20 1 27 9.33
2000 9 2 35 3.23
1999 40 2 95 12.02
1998 35 1 125 9.02
1997 27 2 150 7.41

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