For many generations now, Americans have been buying Ford Escorts because they are not only inexpensive but also reliable. Some of the earlier model Escorts were a bit less reliable but today’s Escorts are much better. Back in the 1980s, this vehicle was often referred to in the same classification as the Ford Pinto. It wasn’t until the late 80s and early 90s that this vehicle had the most success. During the 1980s, the Escort was one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States for almost the entire 10 years. The car continued to be produced until 2003 when it was discontinued. The first generation of Ford escorts ran for 9 years from 1981 to 1990. These basic looking square cars came with a 1.6 L engine and three speed automatic transmission. There was also a 1.3 L and a 1.6 L engine that were available. This two-seater hatchback was a popular car that was seen all over the streets for several decades.
From 1991 to 1996 a redesigned body was introduced with more of an aerodynamic look. This car was introduced with a 1.9 L engine that did not have a distributor but had electronic ignition. For several years during this period each edition of the escort was offered at the same price whether it was a two-door, four-door, or three doors. The last generation of escorts from 1997 to 2002 was a bit sportier and included the ZX2. This vehicle had a 2.0 L engine which was a four-cylinder and turned out 120 hp. It was rather quick, able to do 0 mph to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds.
However, after 1999 sales of Ford escorts begin to diminish each year until they were eventually phased out. This vehicle is no longer produced however many people still search for them on Craigslist cars. Even after its heyday, the Ford Escort is still highly sought after. Whenever you are considering buying one of these cars you will want to ensure that its cooling system is okay. These vehicles were known to have aluminum heads which when heated, caused serious damage. Be sure to check the cooling system for any leaks and cross contamination into the oil. You will know if the oil has been contaminated with water because it will be a milky brown shade. Other than the head gasket problem, many of these vehicles were great little cars and provide excellent basic transportation for anyone who needs to get from point A to point B. Parts for these vehicles are still readily available in many parts stores across the nation.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more environmentally friendly and have a little extra cash to spend check out the Toyota Prius. This vehicle can get up to 50 miles per gallon and with gas prices at an all-time high, this can be important. Buying a fuel-efficient vehicle can be beneficial in the long run, especially if gas prices reached five dollars per gallon and you have a long commute.