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%).