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Discussion in 'Escort Wagons' started by chefadele, May 9, 2017.

  1. copcarguy

    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    If someone's having the same problem in the future, your solution to the problem will be of big help.

    There have been many times where I was having an issue with my car that I solved in no time with a quick search on here.
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    Motor Oil is basically mineral oil with additives to improve viscosity and detergent effectiveness to decrease engine carbon buildup.

    John
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    millball FEOA Donator

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    I run 3 Escorts, a '97 sedan, a '97 Tracer Wagon, and a '93 wagon. The sedan gets daily use. It's odometer currently reads 215,000 but it was tampered with at some time before I got it, so who knows? It has about 110,000 on my engine rebuild after valve seat drop and uses less than a quart in 5000 miles. I change oil between 7 and 8 thousand and the oil is light honey colored still. Virtually all trips are greater than 25 miles. Fuel mileage is between 32 and 35mpg. The auto tranny has about 85,000 on my rebuild and functions perfectly. I can't think of any cars that I would be willing to replace these fine cars with that wouldn't cost $10,000 or more. Here in hot AZ I use Castrol 10-40 year round.
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    I also like my Escorts better than other cars made since. In fact I have not seen any car made since my Escorts that I would want as a replacement; regardless of the cost. I -might- someday be interested in a plug-in car for local use; if they drop down into my "extreme-cheap" price range.

    In Virginia they charge an annual personal property tax on cars, based on the first $20k of their market value. I think the tax is 4.57%. Once the car descends below a market value of $1000, they dont charge the tax. Another advantage for 25 year old Escorts.
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    I agree. These cars have a bad reputation as cheap, shitty grocery getters. I've found with a few choice parts(and a whole different engine!) you can turn them into some really fun cars although, even in stock form, they are pretty reliable as long as you keep them topped off with fluids and stay on top of the maintenance.

    John
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    The problem is they're all old now so even the best examples need more than just maintenance. Maintenance is generally regarded as the same things a brand new car needs...oil changes, tires, brakes, air filters, spark plugs/wires.

    Maintenance isn't a remanufactured head replacement. Maintenance isn't rerunning all new vacuum lines because the old stuff disintegrated. Maintenance isn't an engine swap. Those are straight up repairs. Some are pretty extreme.

    It's true of all vehicles their age though, not just Escorts. People don't really want to do more than the basics to keep their car going, and sadly most people don't even want to do the basics.

    I think once you get past, say, 10 years on a car you're looking at some pretty moderate to major repairs. Although the newer old stuff is better than the older old stuff. Plugs and wires last longer and tolerances are tighter. Usually.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree most people dont want to do the basics, either to do it themselves, or pay someone else to do it. We DIY folks are a tiny minority of owners.
    I have a different definition of maintenance; which includes almost any work other than repairing damage from an auto accident. This includes eventual rust replacement of rusted body parts. I wonder if we worry the auto manufacturers.
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    I put rust repair in the restoration category.

    I didn't think of myself as performing a maintenance task when I was welding the steel plates in the Navigator's coil spring seats. It felt more like a recovery/salvage operation. Lol
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    That's pretty much me too other than the rust repair. I usually leave that to the body guys.

    John

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