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Hi! I bought a 94 Escort wagon in 2017 as my first car to get me through college and it has been great! After graduating I realized a new car is way out of my budget and that my Escort is in good enough condition to last for many more years. Now I am looking to protect, sustain, and even possibly upgrade my ride to make it even better, so that's how I found this forum!
 

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Welcome to the forum. These cars do grow on you. I really enjoyed mine.
 

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Check Rockauto for wholesaler closeout items to get for the car, if you intend to keep it for a long time.
You can get cheap, quality stuff to build up your parts inventory (brakes, hoses, etc.).
 

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If you like your '94, I'd be aware of the valve seat issue. Do a search on here and prepare yourself.

Consider changing the thermostat. The one from ford maintains 195 degrees F, there's an "alternative temp" version that is 180. That might extend engine life and keep the valve seats in the head. It certianly doesn't hurt.

If you have a 5-speed, you'll be doing a clutch eventually, which I turn into an even-more-major project by splitting the case on the transaxle. It's a pain, but I've replaced some differential gears on 2 units because of damage.

If you have the auto trans, change the oil & filter, maybe add a trans oil cooler.

I'd look into an aftermarket engine coolant temp guage, the one on the car only reacts to major changes in engine temp, I can show you a nice (but clunky) one that's very informative. Overheating=cylinder head gasket problems=$$$

Most of my mods are aimed at cooling system mgmt, because I'm in San Antonio, and it might hit 100 today, in late September! (one more time...why did I move here?)

I'm not an expert, but I think another Escort-keepin' reason is that these are smog-inspection-exempt vehicles, depending on where you register them.
 

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I respectfully disagree on putting a colder thermostat in the engine, wear increases as temperature decreases from normal operating temperature. Mileage will likely decrease very slightly as well.

If an engine overheats, i.e. gets above 212 F. it's not the fault of the thermostat. Both a 180 and a 195 degree unit will be fully open at 212 degrees.

I agree about the clutch. I keep a spare disc in my parts stash, for when mine starts slipping. I would also keep a rear main seal on hand to replace when doing the clutch.
I usually change the clutch disc alone, since I don't continue to drive with a badly slipping clutch, as that will overheat and damage both the flywheel and pressure plate. If you drive very carefully when the clutch first shows signs of slipping, you can avoid the damage and get away with just changing the disc. Once it's apart I patiently hand sand the flywheel and pressure plate surface with coarse sandpaper. Don't use a power tool as it will likely make slight grooves in the surfaces which will cause chatter or other problems.
 
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