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How many miles on everyones 3rd gen's?

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by bluEscort99, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. nbarr7655

    nbarr7655 FEOA Member

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    Just hit 220k a few days ago and still going strong. Having some rust issues due to the fact that all 220k of those miles have been in michigan :/

    1998 Escort SE 5 speed manual!
  2. michael007

    michael007 New Member

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    My 2002 Escort has just passed 86k... i believe the current number is 86,035. it had just over 63,000 when i got her almost 2 years ago... i even drove her home from halfway across America! HA!!! from harrisburg, pa to wichita falls, tx then to mertzon tx was just over 2200 miles. 3 days made my butt sore!
  3. turtlejj

    turtlejj FEOA Member

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    Just passed 300K today! It's been a great commuter car with excellent reliability.
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    I went through my records and compiled a list of all the parts this car has required to get here. It's a pretty short list given that most are maintenance or normal wear items:
    (2) Front door speakers
    (1) headlamp wiring pigtail/connector
    (1) High pressure hose, power steering
    (2) Tie-rod ends
    (1) Alternator
    (1) Battery
    (2) Serpentine belt
    (2) S. belt tensioner
    (1) S. belt idler
    (3) Timing belts
    (3) Timing belt tensioner
    (1) Water pump
    (1) Radiator hose set
    (1) Thermostat
    (2) Radiator caps
    (1) Intake manifold gasket
    (1) EGR gasket
    (1) IAC gasket
    (1) Throttle body gasket
    (1) Valve cover gasket & grommet set
    (1) Front crankshaft seal
    (1) Axle seal set
    (1) rear main seal
    (1) Clutch
    (1) Throwout bearing
    (16) Air Filter
    (4) Fuel Filter
    (74) Oil Filter
    (5) PCV Valve
    (1) Brake pad front set
    (3) Spark plug sets
    (2) Spark plug wire sets
    (4) Tire sets
    (2) Wheel Alignment
    A variety of bulbs; dash, marker, etc.

    Everything on this car still works and I'm happy to drive it daily. The issues I've had with it are due to my own bad decisions. First, the choice to use Dexcool back in the first year at ~60K. It was a new coolant at the time and sounded all wonderful (although incompatible with this cooling system). That eventually killed the intake gasket, though it took awhile. And second, installing a coolant flushing tee which weakened and cracked, causing a leak after about 13 years. That leak was found at home and repaired with a straight plastic connector that failed a couple years later in Sept., 2014 causing some overheating and the only tow the car's ever needed. I'm still using Dexcool because I didn't want to try and get it all out in converting back to the recommended coolant, so I'll have a repeat intake gasket replacement in the future. Amazingly, it ran fine for several years and maybe 50K miles while consuming coolant at about 3000 miles/quart!


    The following are the only issues I can think of at this time:

    Broken rear spring (not replaced - broken in the lowest coil)
    Randomly recurring P1443 code (need to check evap emissions associated vacuum hoses I think)
    A couple door switch boots have ripped open but still function
    A rear wheel bearing is starting to become noisy
    The driver side seat belt is slow to retract
    Has a random cold start knock for a short time, maybe 10 seconds (goes away with reduced throttle)
    Oil consumption is still well over 4000 miles/quart!

    I think the car just may outlast me!
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  4. Eli Henley

    Eli Henley FEOA Member

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    104,000 miles so far.
    I haven't been the luckiest owner: lifter on cylinder 2 failed, causing damage to the camshaft, prompting me to eventually replace the cylinder head with a remanufactured one. Now that the engine is fine, the transmission (auto) is starting to go. Slipping, flaring, hard shifts, and finally torque converter shudder. And yes, the fluid/filter has been replaced.
    Next fun project I'll be teaching myself is the transmission. "Can't wait" for that.

    On another note, I saw an Escort LX at the junkyard with almost 400,000 miles. Someone had pulled off the cylinder head, revealing a dropped valve seat, which undoubtedly brought it there.
  5. sdagger

    sdagger Well-Known Member

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    160,000 on my 98 wagon...runs and shifts great!
  6. bigred98

    bigred98 FEOA Donator

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    313,685 Miles.
    98 SE, 5 spd manual.
    Some Ohio Tinworm infestation, plan to tackle that soon.
    Needs suspension work.
    Recently changed oil, cleaned IAC, installed new air filter, cleaned MAF.
    Cleaned, plan to replace PCV valve.
    Recently replaced heater/AC blower motor.
    Have small hole in pipe from cat....have muffler bandage......
    But it runs great!
  7. Tillerman

    Tillerman FEOA Member

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    178k on my 2002
  8. djbow0930

    djbow0930 FEOA Member

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    279k on my '97. Motorcraft oil and filter every 3k
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  9. Untitledone

    Untitledone FEOA Member

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    Just rolled over 343,000! I am about to do an Automatic to Manual transmission swap in the next week or so.
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    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Search engines keep wanting to correct this as "ohio ring worm". Images shows nothing relevant... I think. So, what's this "tinworm" you speak of ?
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  11. copcarguy

    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    tinworm is slang for rust
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2015
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  12. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Had me fooled too haha.
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  13. MenaceMan47

    MenaceMan47 FEOA Member

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    Just passed 170K earlier this month; still running strong
  14. LjS

    LjS FEOA Donator

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    97 LX Wagon 72,000


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  15. midyearguru

    midyearguru FEOA Member

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    Just turned 60,000 in my 1997 LX wagon. Bought it 5 years ago from original owner with 27,500 original miles. Cream puff city.
  16. turtlejj

    turtlejj FEOA Member

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    Just turned 310,000 today.
  17. Ismaelsanabria

    Ismaelsanabria New Member

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    166xxx

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  18. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk FEOA Member

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    My '97 LX wagon is right at 240,000 miles.
  19. 429CJ-3X2

    429CJ-3X2 FEOA Member

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    Just purchased a '98 Escort SE with 43,000 miles to replace the '98 Tracer that died (hole in the block) at 142,132. The Escort was bought new by an 80 yr old woman. Her neighbor took care of the maintenance, and when she went into a care center his daughter and son-in-law bought it this April. They sold it to me to help pay for an F150 SuperCrew after his brand X developed problems. The Escort has a couple of minor scars, but definitely looks like a 43,000 mile garage-kept car. Even the door hardware looks new.
  20. chestypuller

    chestypuller making the wifes commuter better

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