1998 Ford Escort

Tiny
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I have just bought a 1998 ford escort in december of 2006. It had 141k miles on it. Since I bought it, I have had a brake light switch to go out, one headlight out, radiator leak, and a oil leak. The car will just die when sitting for a while. Have replaced the battery and starter, and atlernator. Well I paid 4k for the car, and still paying for some of it. Well today I pulled into zaby's parking lot and my car was acting fine but then it clikced when I stopped. Well I came back and got in my car thinking the click wasnt anything well, the car started up fine, but when I put it in gear it wouldnt move, I tried all the gears and it wouldn't start. My stepfather came out to my car and come to find out, my shaft was broke into, and the housing was separated, and the bottom of my tranny was busted also, He said that it was from wild driving and hot rodding it well I was hot rodding nor riding the clutch or anything, iwas driving normal, could you tell me what else could happen to my car to do this.
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Monday, February 12th, 2007 AT 12:22 AM

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Tiny
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HEy Hotrodder!

Sounds like the axle shaft came apart at the cv joint.

What is busted on the tranny?
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Monday, February 12th, 2007 AT 3:41 AM
Tiny
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Well they said that the bottom of my tranny is buckled, the housing or something like that, and the drive shaft in the tranny is broke.
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Monday, February 12th, 2007 AT 7:18 AM
Tiny
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You should be able to get a used one with the shaft.

Once the axle shaft on either side goes bad, it won't move. Maybe your step-father is bustin your balls a bit, I doubt it had anything to do with you.
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 AT 3:59 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for the news, well the man who is fixing my car saids that it is from the person who had it before me had 3 transmissions put in it prior to this, and I am guessing that they didnt know how to drive a stick and it just die on me. Well now I am getting a 2007 ford focus to where if something does tear up I can be blamed for it and the warranty will cover it. Thank you, and let me know if you know anything about the focus.
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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 AT 11:36 PM
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With all due respect I think you're making a foolish financial mistake. Not to mention, you are assuming the warranty is a 3 year trouble free experience. That is a myth. Just because it is "under warranty" doesn't mean:
-no trouble
-it will be covered fully
-it will be covered partially
-it will cover anything they feel is abuse, AKA they feel you caused it.

I would be glad to discuss this at length if you wish.
On the focus itself, it has it's issues, you can google search that, and search our ford forum as well.
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Friday, February 23rd, 2007 AT 5:14 AM
Tiny
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I would like to know which vehicle you think will be best for me because i am looking something for gas mileage, good cargo room, and that will not break down on me. i am a senior in high school, and iam leaving for college this summer which is a 3hr drive from here and i will be coming back home almost every weekend, which do you think will be the best car for me. i was saying a focus was good because i did own one but i wrecked it becasue some dumbbutt pulled out in front of me.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/58876_SUNP0022_1.jpg

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Friday, February 23rd, 2007 AT 11:43 PM
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Not that I have a problem with a focus per se, I have a problem with spending money foolishly. A new car does not mean problem free, it does mean gaurenteed payments or a high cost per mile to drive anyways. I have had several customer's that wanted to get away from their old "undependable" car, and buy a new one to find out differently. With a new one you are locked into the dealer for problems because of warranty. Since it eliminates competition combined with the manufacturer's pressure to keep claims down, the service falls off. This causes a longer down time, difficult scheduling and no gaurentee of "no charge".

Case in point, One customer we had needed brake rotors, and it was under warranty, Because the pads had to be done at the same time the dealer charged him for labor and pads. It cost him more to have it warrantied than it would have if we did the whole job!

Recently, (and you will find these type ofcases on the forum) cars that are in the warranty period, but the dealer can't solve them (focus being one) or the many cases of problem. Saturn no-start, impala power steering lines that blow, the list goes on.

I wouldn't spend more than $5000.00 on a car if I were you. Personally I like hondas. Pay a mechanic check it out thoroughly before you buy it.
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Saturday, February 24th, 2007 AT 7:20 AM
Tiny
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I am looking at a 2001 saturn l200, is that a good vehicle, generally speaking, and I am getting someone to look at it before I buy, thank you for all ur info
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Monday, February 26th, 2007 AT 8:26 AM
Tiny
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I don't have a big problem with that one. Essentially all cars can be frustrating. IF you have the 2.2 ecotec motor, find out if the timing belt tensioner has been replaced. There is a small oil port that plugs up and turns into a fairly expensive job. See what maintenance they have had done.

Smart having someone to look at it. This may give you some leverage for negotiating as well as what you are working with.

Good luck!
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Monday, February 26th, 2007 AT 5:01 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your help again but they sold the saturn before I could get to it but they are trying to push me into a 2000 pontiac grand am it is a 4 cyclinder. They said that it is a good car. But I am reading other wise, what you know about them, it has 142k miles on it, and I am worried
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 1:37 PM
Tiny
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142,000 miles? Did I read that right? KBB says average miles are 78k. It had better be in excellent condition with full service records, with one owner, or I wouldn't even consider it, unless you could pick it up for pocket change.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 3:59 PM
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YEah I don't feel a whole lot dfferent than Taurus wheel. It would depend on price and records. I really don't like the motor on that one.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007 AT 4:07 PM
Tiny
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They are wanting $4,500 for it. Is that too much for a car. I think it is but I just checking to see if it would be a good vehicle for me. Thank you
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Monday, March 5th, 2007 AT 6:41 AM
Tiny
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I'd pass on that one.

This site may help:

www. Kbb. Com
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Monday, March 5th, 2007 AT 7:10 PM
Tiny
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It states that it is worth $4280, but I am wanting to get an second voice on this one. I think that I am gonna pass on it

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Mileage: 143,000
Engine: 4-Cyl. 2.4 Liter
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