Question about 1998 Ford Escort

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It has almost 200,000 miles on it. And I was hoping to know if I can have the engine and transmission rebuilt. Will that keep it running?

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  • Joe R. Downs Jr. May 11, 2010

    Yes, yes and yes. However, we are making a lot of assumptions here. Rebuilding the engine and transmission will extend the life of the auto, but are all the other systems in good order? Front steering, tires, brakes, exhaust, fuel system, ect? And what year model is this Escort? And is it causing you problems? What size engine? Automatic or straight shift? And do you plan to keep this car long enough after spending the money on this rebuild to recover the costs versus trading or selling it outright and replacement? It's difficult to fully answer without knowing a bit more about the auto, your desires, your abilities to maintain the systems, and your financial ability to obtain the rebuild. And if it has "sentimental" value vs. just being transportation. I need a little more info before I could really advise you fully. Let us know. Kindest regards, Slats.



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The answer to the first question is yes, the answer to the second is maybe. A rebuild of either unit is several thousand dollars, but won't assure you of continued running due to all of the external devices that can fail. You need to assess the value of the car to you against the probable cost of blanket repair work. If it continues to run well, repair as needed until the big one comes along.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009


You know it will, why ask. Why go that far till you have to. It will cost more than the car is worth

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