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I have a 96 escort lx 5 speed and I was curious, why no tachometer put in from the factory? It seems odd not having a tach with a 5-speed car. Of all the 5-speed cars I have owned there was always a tach. Was having a tach an option for the 96 escort?
 

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idk i guess i see alot of 5 speeds with no tach either seems funny to me my buddy has a 3rd gen scort and it has shift lights no tach but sorry cant help u none i ask myself that ? all the time
 

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The 2nd gen LX for some reason was common to have no tach if it was 5-spd, and did have a tach if it was auto. It always seemed backwards to me, but that's the way Ford did it. My 99 Escort also was 5-spd without a tach. I have since swapped tach clusters into both cars. Easy on a 3rd gen, pain in the tail on a 2nd gen.
 

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Guess it depends on how it was purchased. My '93 LX auto trans came with no tach, but I retrofitted a tach cluster into it and all is good. Search the forums on how to add a tach to your car. Actually isn't all that hard just a lil bit of moving wires around in the cluster electrical connectors and running one wire from the EDIS to the cluster for the tach signal. Search the forums for more information on it. - Peter
 

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If it's a LX Sport, it has a tach irregardless of transmission. If it's a regular LX, then no tach (I think). The differences between the LX and LX sport also being things like the rear spoiler and aluminum wheels.
 

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Just FYI though... your 96 is OBDII, so you will need a Ford factory EVTM manual if you want to swap a tach cluster in. You will also want to get a tach cluster out of another 96 car.

A member on here had messaged me for help after I finished the tach cluster swap in my blue car. He ended up having to buy an EVTM manual, because the wiring was too different from my 94
 
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