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Hi, first off my name is Skeets. I'm about to purchase a used 1999 ford escort witg 27000 miles on it for $1950. I test drove it today and it ran great. It was owned by an old lady so yeah.

My question is that when the AC is on the car is really loud, and the engine is really loud compared to my VW when I'm driving. Is this normal? When the car is just idling in park it's loud too? High idle? or normal for this car?

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Loud?

Do you mean that when you are sitting at idle the car bucks so much that your intestines get tied in knot or actual engine noise? An escort is a pretty cheap car. It is one of the louder cars I have driven.

Did the car jerk into gear? That's a sure sign of a high idle. You might want to look around the throttle body to see if there is something there that doesn't belong (like something added after the fact to adjust the idle, i.e. a piece of vacuum hose on peg on the bottom of the throttle body, a slotted TPS and so forth and so on). Failing anything physically holding it open that's just how the car runs and is going to run. It's not a luxury car. It's an underpowered four banger.
 

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Loud?

Do you mean that when you are sitting at idle the car bucks so much that your intestines get tied in knot or actual engine noise? An escort is a pretty cheap car. It is one of the louder cars I have driven.

Did the car jerk into gear? That's a sure sign of a high idle. You might want to look around the throttle body to see if there is something there that doesn't belong (like something added after the fact to adjust the idle, i.e. a piece of vacuum hose on peg on the bottom of the throttle body, a slotted TPS and so forth and so on). Failing anything physically holding it open that's just how the car runs and is going to run. It's not a luxury car. It's an underpowered four banger.
It doesn't jerk at all. It's great runs smooth. It's just that when sitting in park you can hear the engine. I guess I'm not used to that with my VW. So I guess it's common for engine noise. My dad said that Fords are usually loud because they have outdated engine designs. Ok good, hopefully I get the car. It's pretty much brand new. The owner of it died, and her son was left with it, and lives in Mexico so he's just trying to get some cash. The car has everything new! The old lady put new tires, new alignment, etc. I was looking in the manual in the glove compartment and she got shafted so many times at the stealership. $230 for ONE tire!!!!

anyways thanks for your response, I hope I get the car. It seems like it will last me a while.
 

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they are known for having engine vibrations, it's just something you learn to live with.
 

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Loud might be relative to what your driving! Next to my wife's Saturn my Tracer is silent next to anything else I'm sure my car could be loud. Mine developed the almost standard for these cars.. rough idle that can't be found or fixed. Actually one of the big reasons for wanting to ditch this thing is the rough idle, auto transmission and the stupid timing belt that needs done every 60k.
 
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