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Hello everybody. I'm from Florida.
On my first 2002 Escort wagon I was lucky enough to drive about 185 thousand miles, I started my own small business on it. And now I'm thinking of buying a newer one, because the old one is already all sick.
 

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Maybe you just need to send the "sick" Escort to the Escort Hospital. So long as it's not rusted out, you should be able to get a heck of a lot more miles out of it.

Parts are quite low priced for these cars, and they are a lot simpler than newer cars.
Members on this board will gladly offer assistance to repair and maintenance questions.
 

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Maybe you just need to send the "sick" Escort to the Escort Hospital. So long as it's not rusted out, you should be able to get a heck of a lot more miles out of it.

Parts are quite low priced for these cars, and they are a lot simpler than newer cars.
Members on this board will gladly offer assistance to repair and maintenance questions.
Good point. Rust is the only real problem that is hard to fix on these cars and I'm sure a good bit of the folks here would be willing to lend a hand if need be. I know I have helped more then my fare share of 80s escort owners over the years.
 

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Over the years I have bought six escorts that were no longer running. With four of them each needed a rebuilt F4EAT auto trans, and two of them needed work on the 5-speed trannies they had. Also had two of them that had dropped inlet valve seats into the #4 cylinder, ruining that piston. So with each one I hoisted the engine and trans out as a unit, making it much easier to fix up minor problems in the engine bay, and after fixing the trans problem; doing a refresh on the motor too; new piston rings, bearings, main seals, and a rebuilt head. I still have the six of them, am using five for daily drivers. Have to continue to do maintenance on them, but mostly not major work. And with mine rust isnt currently a problem, If I got another one to fix up I might try to pull a project car from Tucson or Phoenix. The one I got that had lived in its first 18 years in Phoenix still has many miles left to go - though its "down behind the motor" EGR system uses a couple of parts I have not found replacements for---and that the safety inspector said I needed to have, since they are emissions components.
 
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