Welcome fellow Escort owner. In reference to the Gen 1 Gen 2 yadda yadda, that basicly refers to body styles, and major changes to the cars themselves. Gen 1 (First generation) Escorts are the boxy hatchback 80´s style Escorts. Gen 2 are the Less boxy looking, Mazda based Escorts of the early 90´s. And you would be the proud owner of a Gen 3 Escort, or the not at all boxy, looks nothing like the old Escorts body style. As you read through some of the posts you will come to learn a thing or two. So don´t worry about being a novice, we are all here to help out. Just ask a question and it will be answered as you can see.