Holy Crap, First Car :O

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Im being for real now.

I JUST got off the phone with the guy.

I'm going there on Friday and buying it.

a 1991 Ford Escort :3

(and Tallest, you gotta help me do some work to it, got to pull the gas tank off and replace the pump)
 
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check the timing belt and head seal...please do that...we had an escort and in the first week we owned it , the belt snapped
 

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I guess you couldn't go wrong for $50.00. I'm guessing it's a high mileage car. You will have to know a lot about mechanics. Good luck and I hope it keeps running for you.
 

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got to pull the gas tank off and replace the pump)


I'm not shure about the 91 but the 93s I had have an acess hatch under the back seat to service the fuel pump. Super easy! BTW check the crash switch first! One of mine had a loose connector there. Test for power and ground at the pump connector. Its never the pump.

Congrats on the new car!
 

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I guess you couldn't go wrong for $50.00. I'm guessing it's a high mileage car. You will have to know a lot about mechanics. Good luck and I hope it keeps running for you.

only 125,000 miles

I'm not shure about the 91 but the 93s I had have an acess hatch under the back seat to service the fuel pump. Super easy! BTW check the crash switch first! One of mine had a loose connector there. Test for power and ground at the pump connector. Its never the pump.

Congrats on the new car!

appearently the 91 and 93 are the same series, how do I get to it? (imma go out there on thursday to check her out, and if I like it im gonna come back on friday with a tow truck, cause if its actually the crash switch, I really dont want him knowing its that simple :3 (hey, I want a vehicle bad :eek: )
 
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Heh not bad. Any plans for it?
 

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Congrats on the first car, but I hate Fords lol. I only go for the Japanese cars. America sucks at making good cars XD. But hope it goes well for you. My '91 Honda is at 180k miles and still running good. Though, I have put new everything on it just about. And I am looking to sell it soon for a more sportier car :(.
 

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Congrats on the first car, but I hate Fords lol. I only go for the Japanese cars. America sucks at making good cars XD. But hope it goes well for you. My '91 Honda is at 180k miles and still running good. Though, I have put new everything on it just about. And I am looking to sell it soon for a more sportier car :(.


You freaking Jap fans... go eat some rice. :p

In all seriousness I like Japanese cars too... but they are no better and no more or less reliable than their American counterparts. You have been fooled into thinking so by years of advertising and biased reporting.

My 90 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ has 191,xxx on the ticker and it'll dust the doors off of your Accord.

It's all about care and regular maintenance. Change the oil every 3-5000 and use a quality synthetic product. Check the belts and hoses and other fluids regularly... use good gas and don't beat on the car every day. You'll get lots of good mileage out of your baby if you treat her right.
 

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The worst thing about escorts is the cooling fan, not the fan itself but the sensor, make yourself a fan overide switch, so you can put the fan on in traffic if needed.

And make sure the sensor is working right and the fan comes on when it should, otherwise you will cook the head gasket, or the head and the block if you do a good job on it.

The switch is easy, all cooling fans have a constant hot, some work with the ign. on some off.

In either case you run a wire with a switch in it to the fan switch(relay) , and when you turn the switch on it grounds the fan and it starts working, if the fan only works with the ign. on thats great, otherwise you have to make sure the fan dosn't stay running after you leave the car and kill the battery.
 

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I'm on my third car...I had an '82 Cougar, a '93 Civic, and now I'm in an '06 Accord. As has been mentioned before, if you just keep up on the fluids and maintenance, you will have a great car that should run quite a while. I didn't do that with my first car, and it ran like an asthmatic cat before the brakes finally went out. That wasn't fun.

So yes. Do a better job than me, and you'll be fine.
 

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You freaking Jap fans... go eat some rice. :p

In all seriousness I like Japanese cars too... but they are no better and no more or less reliable than their American counterparts. You have been fooled into thinking so by years of advertising and biased reporting.

My 90 Chevrolet Beretta GTZ has 191,xxx on the ticker and it'll dust the doors off of your Accord.

It's all about care and regular maintenance. Change the oil every 3-5000 and use a quality synthetic product. Check the belts and hoses and other fluids regularly... use good gas and don't beat on the car every day. You'll get lots of good mileage out of your baby if you treat her right.

I never said anything about ALL american cars. I think Chevy's are as good as Japanese cars, but Ford is another story. We've owned 2 Fords and they all died on us within 2 years and yes we take excellent care of our cars. I do like Mustangs though, I know going against it, but meh.

And, who keeps de-repping me :( I wish you could see you left rep comments -_-.
 

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only 125,000 miles



appearently the 91 and 93 are the same series, how do I get to it? (imma go out there on thursday to check her out, and if I like it im gonna come back on friday with a tow truck, cause if its actually the crash switch, I really dont want him knowing its that simple :3 (hey, I want a vehicle bad :eek: )


My 93s were wagons, the fuel pump crash switches were behind a panel in the "way back". Pump acess hatch was under the rear seat bottom. Thats where to check for power first. I'm not shure the sedans are the same. Get a Hanes manual, they have wiring diagrams, Chiltons suck. I just checked I still hace a 91-96 manual. You can have it if you are willing to PM a mailing address. Fuel pump inertia switch located near the rear right strut, pump acess under rear seat cushion.

Nam
 

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Absoulte agreement on the repair manual. That 50$ car will become a money pit if you don't check and fix the many little things that you'll undoubtably run accross at some point, maybe later at a much higher cost.

Jap vs. USA
Some cars stand up to neglect and beating more than others.. and when you got that car, unless you got it brand new, it doesn't matter how well you take care of it if the damage is already done and the ball is already rolling.
That being said, I think the Japanese cars being mostly 4 cylinders, can take more crap. Not all american products are American, or built in America. Not all foreign cars are made outside the USA either. Different time periods.. plants.. material providers.. climates.. workers.. elevation..

What we're left with is an inaccurate and grossly generalized statement that spans hundreds of variables. Not usable..

4 cylinder cars usually live longer than 6's and 8's. Let's leave it at that, shall we? :)
 
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