hello there, i am american living in bulgaria. i am a big fan of ford and escorts as well. growing up with 5.8 liters with 10 miles per gallon that did not get me too far, decided to get into small vehicles. i love diesel engines. i was told that european cars are more economical then ameican, so i decied to put it to the test. my grandmother in the states had a ford escort, 4 door, forgot what year it was and she was getting 35 miles per gallon.when i came to europe, i bought a old ford escort for the hell of it. it was cheap and in good condition, so i decided to test it, and was i amaze....?, yes ford escorts are very economical cars, probabably compared to the honda civics. i was getting 3.5 liters per 100km..i dont know what is that in miles petr gallon. but its very economical. i am planing to take a trip across europe with that car. the owner told me that the car was made in germany and it suppose to get 950 km on a 47 liters...i am going to test it one day,.,..