3rd Gen (1997 – 2003) Ford Escort Problems

The 3rd generation of the Escort has a cumulative PainRank™ of 7.11. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1997–2003 Escort model years have sent in 146 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (45%) followed by the transmission (13%) and the electrical (9%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2003 4
2.07
2002 11
6.71
2001 20
9.33
2000 9
3.23
1999 40
12.02
1998 35
9.02
1997 27
7.41

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