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1st Generation Ford Escort Problems

The Escort's 1st generation runs from 1979 to 1990. Its has amassed 11 complaints on CarComplaints.com and a 0.6 PainRank™ which can be compared against other generations.

Shopping for a Ford? This generation is generally a good bet.

What Breaks the Most in the 1979–1990 Escort?

So what are most of the complaints about? Let's take a look at specific areas that have generated the most complaints. This should give you a good idea about general trouble-spots.

What About Specific Complaints?

Here are the 3 most common Escort complaints submitted to CarComplaints.com over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Complaints For Each Model Year

Let's break down the number of complaints by model year. Sometimes that can help us spot a problem child within a generation. Clicking on the chart will bring you to that year's problem page on CarComplaints.com.

  • 1990

    2
  • 1989

    1
  • 1988

    5
  • 1987

    1
  • 1986

    1
  • 1979

    1