What's Wrong with the Ford Escort?

Escort owners have made 222 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (45%), followed by the electrical (12%) and the transmission (11%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Escort.

Comparing Escort Generations

Watch out for the 3rd generation's (1997–2003) 7.11 PainRank™, which is the worst of 3 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
3rd Gen Escort 1997–2003
146 7.11
2nd Gen Escort 1991–1996
65 2.14
1st Gen Escort 1979–1990
11 0.6

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The Worst Escort Years

This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2002 (11), 2000 (9), 1991 (7), 1988 (5), 2003 (4), 1996 (4), 1990 (2), 1989 (1), 1992 (1), 1987 (1), 1986 (1), and 1979 (1).