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i'm looking to buy a 94 lx wagon, it has 80k on it. car looks clean and not abused, owner recently had tie rod ends replaced. i drove it on the highway and it seems to have quircky steering. almost too responsive, jerky, or like driving a box van through a wind storm. Last car i owned was a 89 crx si, that thing felt like a go cart, while this thing feels unpredictable. Any suggestions. I would also like to know where i could get some hop up parts for this wagon, like intake, exhaust, suspension, etc.
 

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Last car i owned was a 89 crx si, that thing felt like a go cart, while this thing feels unpredictable. Any suggestions.
Any suggestions? Stay the heck away from the LX wagon. One of the worst cars I've ever driven. Underpowered, poor handling, shoddy construction. Get something else.

There are "hop-ups" for the wagon, but the bottom line is that the engine in that thing sucks completely. In order to get any decent power out of that car, you need to drop in a different engine or do some serious work to the 1.9L SEFI. The GT and LX suspension is interchangable. I think that pacesetter makes an exhaust that may fit the wagon, but in all honesty, the engine chokes before the exhaust limits flow. A header would really help the stock engine out. But even if you do get some good power out of it, the car itself needs a bit of work to get the handling anywhere near good. I really don't like the wagon.
 

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Maybe the guy didn't get an allignment after the tie rods were replaced. I'm sure the shocks are worn too and I assuming it has 13 inch 70 series tires which don't help.

I have a CRX too and the Escort will never feel like a go cart. My LX is boring to drive but it has been a good reliable vehicle in the 8 years I have owned it.
 

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siragan.. where's the wagon love?

Underpowered.. check! lean burn engines are like that.. the good gas mileage is a plus though.

Poor handling.. well, it used to be pretty unpredictable.. until I replaced both outer tie rods, one inner one (ask this guy if he replaced the inner ones) and both ball joints and had it aligned. Now it drives straight as an arrow down the highway and follows curvy roads perfectly.

Shoddy Construction.. same construction as any other escort. Mine has 191k miles and is in great shape. Actually, my car is mostly creak & rattle free... which I can't say for many cars with half the mileage.

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What you're describing with the steering sounds like it might have too much front camber and or too much front toe out. *shrug*

I reccomend replacing the springs. The stock rear springs rust and break. My car went through 3 of them (one was broken in two places) before I replaced them with H&Rs.

If you've got to have a wagon, I can definitely reccomend the scorts. It's a very practical car. If you want something fun and sporty and having the cargo room doesn't matter, find an early 90's mazda protege LX. The 91-00 escorts use the same chassis & suspension, but mazda wrapped it all up in a slightly nicer package.
 

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On a slightly more forgiving note, if I were to have a wagon, my first choice would be the WRX sport wagon. The next would be the LX wagon. The construction is the same as any escort- poor. If you absolutely need a wagon for a low price, I can recommend the LX wagon. As far as wagons go, it's actually not bad.

But they do get 40+ mpgs. Great for long trips.
 

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94,95 and 96 Volvo 850 turbo wagon. A friend of mine has a 94 with the high pressure turbo and loves it. He says its got 220 hp stock and not all turbo's have this option. Some are low pressure turbo's for insurance reasons. I'm not sure on the hp ratings but you would be better off with a stock 850 turbo wagon than making the Escort wagon a road burner.
 

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94,95 and 96 Volvo 850 turbo wagon. A friend of mine has a 94 with the high pressure turbo and loves it. He says its got 220 hp stock and not all turbo's have this option. Some are low pressure turbo's for insurance reasons. I'm not sure on the hp ratings but you would be better off with a stock 850 turbo wagon than making the Escort wagon a road burner.
 
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