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Greenman

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I had an Escort back in the 80s that ate a water pump about every 30K. Rebuilt transmission at 90k and got rid of it when head gasket blew at 110k. Never even considered another Ford after that POS.
Interesting. I've always had very good service from the Fords I've owned, current Escape being a good example. If it wasn't for the minor but annoying oil leak, I'd just drive it till the wheels fell off.
Friend of mine has a ranger as a daily driver, 340k and still going strong.
Contrary to most peoples experience, my MIL's Toyota is a never ending stream of minor failures.
 

ondma

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Interesting. I've always had very good service from the Fords I've owned, current Escape being a good example. If it wasn't for the minor but annoying oil leak, I'd just drive it till the wheels fell off.
Friend of mine has a ranger as a daily driver, 340k and still going strong.
Contrary to most peoples experience, my MIL's Toyota is a never ending stream of minor failures.
Oh, on the Escort, forgot to mention the tie rods were shot at 70k. Luck of the draw I suppose. The car I had before this was an Escort that was trouble free until I traded it at 70k because it was a manual and I need an automatic for my wife to drive.
 

pauldun170

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I had an Escort back in the 80s that ate a water pump about every 30K. Rebuilt transmission at 90k and got rid of it when head gasket blew at 110k. Never even considered another Ford after that POS.
Back in the 80's and prior, that was the story of most cars sold in the US.
There is a reason for those 5 digit odometers.

A lot of Fords from that era seemed designed with an 80K service life in mind (Former Tempo owner)
 

Torn Mind

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Interesting. I've always had very good service from the Fords I've owned, current Escape being a good example. If it wasn't for the minor but annoying oil leak, I'd just drive it till the wheels fell off.
Friend of mine has a ranger as a daily driver, 340k and still going strong.
Contrary to most peoples experience, my MIL's Toyota is a never ending stream of minor failures.
There's going to be a vast distribution of results, but some things are the result of poor design that Ford decides to throw in their vehicles. One might suspect even intentionally for the sake of obsolescence, as a lot of Youtube channels have mentioned this issue. Fords for the first 100k are ok. Even 200k will be reached many times, but come 250k, and something will not last, especially for their non-trucks. Check your flexible brake hoses, It seems like the cracking and splitting issue is not an isolated matter.



Not every Ranger will have their valve body gasket blow but every Ranger in the 1999 generation has the same design that leads to the excessive pressures that can cause the gasket to blow.
 

ondma

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Back in the 80's and prior, that was the story of most cars sold in the US.
There is a reason for those 5 digit odometers.

A lot of Fords from that era seemed designed with an 80K service life in mind (Former Tempo owner)
Yea. My daughter had a Tempo. It was pretty good, actually, for the time. Lots of niggling flaws, but no major failures.

I know American cars have improved since then, but the last American car I bought was a 95 Sunfire. Styling was beautiful for the time (matter of opinion I suppose) but it went through 3 head gaskets in 40k, all covered by warranty, but still. Fortunately a semi put it out of its misery. Have only bought Japanese brands since then, and all have been solid.
 

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