The 1st generation of the Escort has a cumulative PainRank™ of 0.6. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? This generation is generally a good bet.
Owners of the 1979–1990 Escort model years have sent in 11 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (72%) followed by the fuel system (18%) and the lights (9%).