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I should have put that it's an automatic tranny. I noticed that most people have plenty of info on the manual but not the automatic transmission. No, I would not be transferring the engine also.
 

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the engine in the LX is not Mazda based like the BP in the GT. The 1.9 is a all ford design. has been around since early in the escorts first generation and is still around in the newer 2.0 SPI (still a CVH). So no it won't fit....at all. You will need one from the same generation escort or I'm assuming the later generation with the 2.0 would fit. I would double check before purchasing though.
 

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egtdude, if you know, for a fact, that the early Escort GT "is" the same as the first generation Mazda Protege engine, but not the Escort LX's engine then you have given me excellent info. That's because I had heard for so long that the 91-96 Escort is very interchangeable with the 90-94 Protege. No one mentioned much about how a difference between LX and GT could make a world of difference. Sorry for asking but how can you be so sure that one is the same as the Mazda engine and that the other is not? Did you just read this or was it a credible source? Thanks
 

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you are right... the Protege and Escort I'd say are probably 90% directly interchangable. The one thing they do have some differences on is engines.

almost all pre 1991 escorts are based off the CVH engine. All 1991-1996 Escort LX, Pony, Tracer (Except LTS) etc are CVH engines as well. There are some differnces but the basic design is the same. The 1997-? escorts are all CVH designs as well although it is updated. I'm not sure of the exact details for the 1997 and up engines but again the basic design is the same.

Now the 1991-1996 Escort GT has the 1.8L Mazda "BP" motor. This is also an older Mazda design. It is used in a 1.6" form in other Mazda cars. It is still used in the Miata although it is updated somewhat. The protege DX if memory serves is a SOHC version of the "BP" series motor. The Escort GT as well as Protege LX has the DOHC version. Same engine block but different head.

So thats why it does not interchange. it is part of the Mazda side of the house where as the 1.9 and newer 2.0 are CVH Ford designs. The Escort was built with Mazda so while it is is mostly a Mazda design it does have some ford goodies to it. Where as the Protege was almost all Mazda.
 

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Ok, so I bought an Escort LX with a bad tranny to put my Protege tranny in it for nothing. By the way, you are correct in that the DX comes with a SOHC engine. That's what my 94 Protege DX has. On another forum, a guy with the uname "atila" said the swap can still be done. He said that when the Escort and Protege transmissions are taken out to take the bellhousing off the Ford and put it on the Mazda one. That will allow it to fit on the engine. First, does this sound correct to you also? Second, will the connectors and any other miscellaneous stuff fit without cutting, splicing, etc?
 

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Let's see if I can find that. If I don't find it easily I'm not going to work that hard. I'm used to doing that and spending way too much time online. Maybe someone on this forum has done that before. All I have easy access to is the specs on the Protege DX SOHC engine. All the tranny info I ever find seems to be on 5-speeds.
 
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