The Ford Escort

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  1. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Nice video covering the Escort. It loses me a little when Ford went front wheel drive. The rear drive models were the best :)



     
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    My very first car was an Escort.

    I bought it new in 1982, just out of college. Loaded it up with everything I could fit (including guitars and amp) and drove from Minnesota to Texas to start my new career.

    Decent little car for a first car.

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    my brother made a living reviving Escorts. Mikey's Escort Service

    and yes, I mean the cars
     
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    USA and UK Escorts, don't seem to have much in common.
     
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    I'll bet yours have more exotic names.
     
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    yeah different beasts. not sure you got much xr3i or cossie action in the States
     
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    I had a 95 Escort wagon as one of my first cars in high school. I really didn’t know what I had. Great gas mileage, really smooth ride. Got something else after I was rear ended on the highway.

    That was a fun little car.
     
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    We also had a '95 wagon. Fantastic mpg and you could sure haul some gear in it:cool:
    My wife was bummed with the mpg of a focus hatch we replaced it with.
     
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    Those ladies dresses should come back right now.

    I'll get my coat.
     
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    The Ford Fiestas imported from Germany '77-'80 were really great and very quick.
     
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    My daughter is still driving her 2002 Escort.
     
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    I bought a brand new one in 85. Best car I ever owned.
     
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    meh....

     
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    I remember walking out to my car after a community college class one afternoon and seeing a kid go tearing-ass out of the parking lot in a plain white early 80s Escort hatchback. This would be pretty ho-hum and un-memorable except for the fact that this kid had that car wound right up and executed a series of really fast clean shifts; I think he got a chirp in both second and third. By then he was going pretty fast for a campus roadway.

    I also remember noticing that day that in the upper rev ranges, even a stock Escort could blow a pretty resonant little revvy growl through its big oval muffler.

    My grandmother loaned me her plain tan 1985 Escort wagon to take on a St. Louis-to-Kansas City holiday trip one year, and I remember it being pretty pleasant to drive and utterly anonymous. It was an automatic though; didn’t get to try and emulate community college rally boy.
     
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    I like any old car/vehicle where you can service it at home. I had a Ford that had US style automatic gear shift behind the wheel ( driver's) and you could unscrew the oil filter, change the oil from the sump ( engine block), replace trans fluids and coolant, spark plugs also.
    Now I have a Toyota Camry where the oil filter is above the front left tyre, inaccessible without a workshop blah , blah.
    Modern cars are better in some ways but engineered for mechanic/dealers services. That's $500-$700 a time.
     
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    well, i think i disagree on that, and tell you why ;)
    not so long ago we had a winter with frozen snow on the road.
    i drove though a street where there were a lot of BWM with rear drive .
    because the road was a little curved (so rain would float to the gutter) all the BMW had to be pushed to the top of the curve because when they tried to drive, the back of the car went sideways.
    however i, with my front wheel drive, could easily drive away with no help.
    (little Daihatsu Cuore)
    so my statement is that a car has to work in all kind of weather, and i that case a front wheel seams to be a better option :lol::D:lol::D
     
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    Had an early 80’s Mercury Linx and an 87’ Escort I bought new(My first new car). Engine outlasted the rest of the car in both cases by a long shot.
     
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    I had a mid 80s Escort with the turbo. My god that thing would scoot.
    Fun vehicle until I got rear ended by a drunk in a big Buick. Luckily I was unhurt but the car was crumpled. That probably saved my life
     
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