ZX2 vs. Escort 2 door | Ford Escort Owners Association (FEOA)

ZX2 vs. Escort 2 door

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by L5wolvesf, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. L5wolvesf

    L5wolvesf FEOA Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    Northern AZ
    I'm a new guy to the Escort world. My question is what is the difference between a ZX2 and an Escort 2 door?

    I'm considering what car to build to race and the car's suspension and engine/drive train are to be essentially factory stock. Today I went on a parts yard stroll to check out the ZX2 and came across a 2 door Escort and it really didn't seem to be all that different from the ZX2s I saw. I'm hoping either one ends up being the "best" choice. So far it seems like a good candidate and I really don't want to run a Cavalier..
  2. madmatt2024

    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

    Messages:
    9,817
    Likes Received:
    387
    Trophy Points:
    383
    Location:
    Upstate N.Y.
    A 2 door Escort isn't worth racing in stock form stock unless its a GT model with the 1.8L, the 1.9L has 88hp and is a turd by comparison. If you can't find a GT then a ZX2 would be the next best choice.
  3. L5wolvesf

    L5wolvesf FEOA Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    Northern AZ
    The engines, and more specifically the cam covers, looked like the same engine, the 2.0. The 4 cars I looked at looked the same and were all 2000 to 2002s. Did those year Escorts come with smaller engines?
  4. pextor

    pextor Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,820
    Likes Received:
    733
    Trophy Points:
    413
    Location:
    Lancaster, pa
    All 2 doors from 98-2003 are technically "ZX2" even if they don't say they are.
    zzyzzx likes this.
  5. madmatt2024

    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

    Messages:
    9,817
    Likes Received:
    387
    Trophy Points:
    383
    Location:
    Upstate N.Y.
    Correct. When he said 2 door I assumed 91-96 year Escorts because anything newer with 2 doors all have ZX2 badging on the car.
  6. L5wolvesf

    L5wolvesf FEOA Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    Northern AZ
    Thanks for the info guys. So are the ZX2s equipped / upgraded differently then the 2 door Escorts?
  7. pextor

    pextor Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,820
    Likes Received:
    733
    Trophy Points:
    413
    Location:
    Lancaster, pa
    If you are talking 98-2003 they are all the same. When you say 2 door escort, some people think of older cars, but I don't think that is what you are referring to, right?
    4cylinder likes this.
  8. L5wolvesf

    L5wolvesf FEOA Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    Northern AZ
    Correct I'm only talking about 98-2003, but even more specifically only the years that do not have variable valve timing. VVT is verboten by IMCA.

    So whether the car is an Escort or a ZX2, of those years, they are equipped exactly the same meaning the ZX2 is not a "souped up" version . . . correct?
  9. Defunct SR Owner

    Defunct SR Owner FEOA Member

    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    3
    ZX2's are variable timing-the exhaust cam for fuel economy.
  10. L5wolvesf

    L5wolvesf FEOA Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    Northern AZ
    If that is the case then my only Escort option would be a 90 to 96 GT with the 1.8 (not 1.9) engine. Does that sound about right?
  11. pextor

    pextor Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    5,820
    Likes Received:
    733
    Trophy Points:
    413
    Location:
    Lancaster, pa
    Actually the Zetec in the ZX2 is VCT - Variable Cam Timing. Don't know if that makes a difference.
  12. L5wolvesf

    L5wolvesf FEOA Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    Northern AZ
    I looked it up and the first thing I found was:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_Cam_Timing

    Bottom line seems to be they are the same.
  13. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

    Messages:
    1,045
    Likes Received:
    233
    Trophy Points:
    213
    Location:
    Oskaloosa, IA
    I don't remember our 98 ZX2 being VCT, but maybe it was & I just missed it / forgot that it was... IMCA is being too picky! Are you sure they aren't forbidding the Honda VTEC engines?
  14. L5wolvesf

    L5wolvesf FEOA Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Location:
    Northern AZ
    The Wiki link above specifically lists the ZX2s.

    IMCA may be too picky, but with many FWD cars having VVT set ups it is going to limit the number of available cars, and less cars isn't much of a race. Here is their rules in pdf.
    https://www.imca.com//wp-content/uploads/2018/12/2019-sport-compact.pdf

Share This Page