really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1996 Ford Escort:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

problem #3

Feb 162004

Escort 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Tie rod failure on the left side. The tie rods on both sides were replaced about 3 years ago. When taken in to the shop they found the right side was very bad also. This car has 59,000 miles. The failure happened while driving. Pretty scarry stuff...

- Potterville, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 102000


  • miles
The left, outer tie rod broke, traveling on a staight, smooth road at about 35 mph. A police report is available. Unable to steer the vehicle, it went out of control and left the road. It came to a stop against a tree, causing slight body damage.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 101995

Escort 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tie rod failed.

- Oceanside, CA, USA