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I have been looking to get an escort GT for a while
about 100yards away from my house there is alaways this teal escort with cracks in the front and rear bumper and what looks like slight hail damage along the side. minor cosmetic stuff which dosent bother me really
but its parked iin front of a body shop and its been for months
so i assumed it was left or something
today i enquired about it hopeing to buy it the owner works at the shop
and said he would sell it for 550 in a few weeks or so when he could get another car as he uses it to get to work currently
hes about 60 years old
its a manual with 220k or so and he said the only real problem was that the power steering pump just started leaking and said he would replace it
the engine looks good
and the interior looks, well lived in
but i was looking for an afordable GT as my first car and while i dislike the teal green with teal green wheels
I would like to buy it, what do you guys think
is 220 alright mialage if its maintained well
what should i expect
 

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an old Escort with 220,000 miles on it is pretty close to worthless on the open market, close to whatever the junkyard might be willing to pay for it. Espically since it need new bumpers and has hail damage.
 

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Chriskory said:
whats a fords expected life then
Mine threw a rod at 74,000 miles.

And you said it looked well lived in. It's realtively easy to find Escorts that look fairly new inside, even if it's old. My 1984GT looked great on the interior when I junked it after 11 years and 157,000 miles.
 

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zzyzx- EGTs dont throw rods. They don't even have them. They're not pushrod engines. ;)

And chriskory- cars don't have a lifetime expectancy. I've seen cars that run with 375K + miles on them because they've been properly cared for. I have found that the best deals are those found in cars with 150K + miles on them cared for by GOOD owners. I, suprisingly, shop more for owners than for cars, because - more than anything- the effort of keeping the car put in by the owner is reflected in the car much much more than the milage of the car itself.

I've found it's MUCH MUCH more worth it to save your money and buy something slightly more expensive than it is to buy something cheaper and "fix it up".

Especially when dealing with "cheaper" cars like the EGT, the BEST deals are found in high-mileage cars that have been maintained by owners who are mature, educated, and care about their cars.

Often times, the worst and most expensive cars are the ones who have about 90K miles but are owned by a soccer mom or something. Chances are her smellyass kids put their hockey equipment in it and scraped up the interior and she drove it in the winter road salt so it's falling apart on the outside too. She probably took the car into a shop to have the oil changed, and the shop probably didn't change the filter and used a crappy oil which didn't protect the engine so it's got significantly more cylinder wear and gunk than your average GT.

My GT took a while to find. It's got 157K miles on it, but it's never been raced, never been driven in the elements, always garaged, and it's awesome. The trick is finding somebody who actually cared about their car.

If I were you I wouldn't buy that GT. Keep shopping around, work the extra hours, and do yourself a favor and spend a little more to get a lot more. That's what my car shopping experience has shown me.

Well I hope that helps ya.
 

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I think he was referring to the connecting rod...lol....adn I've seen one of those through the side of the block before...not pretty...but so far I have 172,000 on mine and it's still running strong..has a couple of oil leaks, but nothing major and I have never been inside this motor...until a few weeks from now...lol..yeah I said it wrong...but it works...lol
 

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buy it - drive it - love it

if you get 20k miles out of it and it blows up, who cares? it was only $500.

if it smokes, it's probably gonna need piston rings.. but piston rings, rod bearings, and valvestem seals are probably the only thing that might possibly be wrong with it. and even if it does need valve stem seals or piston rings, it's gonna burn oil but it's not necessarily a "bad" thing..

but like i said - it's $500 - that's like 3.5 nights of drinkin' with your friends - and you know the escort's gonna give you more enjoyment in the long run. :)
 
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