Hey folks! Nice to see a website devoted to these incredibly durable cars. 10 years ago I was driving out to my Dad's farm and I saw a black Escort with $700 written on the windshield so I stopped and test drove it. It's a wagon, but I didn't care as it ran and shifted just fine. (My oldest sister bought a '94 brand new. She can tear up a ball bearing in a sand pile and between her and my brother-in-law they put nearly 300k miles on it before finally condemning. This was the biggest selling point for my '93.) Anyhow, the only problem my LX had/has is a bad switch for high beams. No biggie and the rear bumper plastic was broken in the driver's side corner. It's been my daily driver for over 10 years and it still keeps chugging along, looks be damned. It still gets great gas mileage and I've been able to resurrect the air conditioning. If I knew what I now know I'd have bought a handful of these used and been set for life. My current issue that's started this summer is the transmission is starting to stay stuck in 1st, or it'll drop from 2nd to 1st. Is this a shift solenoid or the F4A valve? I'm also curious about how much work it would be to swap the good motor with a body and interior in better shape and switching it to a manual transmission while the engine is out. Thanks for reading-glad I found this website for troubleshooting and guidance.