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Unread 06-18-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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Meh, its a 1997 Ford escort LX 1.6 going for 995, perfect condish, catch is its done 120k miles!
hmm, though it has all new tires and a new exhaust (3 weeks ago, just before selling).

Is 120K too much? (im a n00b, soz)

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Meh, its a 1997 Ford escort LX 1.6 going for 995, perfect condish, catch is its done 120k miles!
hmm, though it has all new tires and a new exhaust (3 weeks ago, just before selling).

Is 120K too much? (im a n00b, soz)
Well, for some cars, 120k miles is a pretty big dent. I would say that for a Ford car, you better check it over pretty well. First, make sure the paint looks nice, and make sure there aren't any big dings where paint is missing. Then, check the interior for any marks or tears that you don't like...make sure all of the instrument gauges work. Check under the hood...now if you are kinda wondery about this, take someone along with you who is pretty good with cars to check under the hood...make sure there are no leaks from gaskets or any lines.

Make sure everything looks pretty clean under the hood, but be weary if everything has NO dust or anything on it, because if that is the case, they power washed it before they showed it off to you to remove grime, and this may mean they are trying to cover up any leaks or problems.

Make sure the A/C blows cold...and if you want to, check under the car to look for any leaks/oily film. Other than that, I guess you could do a carfacts.com vehicle history report to make sure there have never been any reported accidents or problems with this car...

But, if you can, I would look for a car under 100k miles, if at all possible.

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^ok thanks a lot man!
Detailed post, im checking it out tomorrow, me dads already checked it for me briefly but didnt ask for keys or even go inside, but he said the paint work is very good and has a cool spoiler on the back....other than that he said nout, ill have to have a detailed check though!
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With good maintenance, I've seen them go for 150-200k miles. Of course that's the US version, which had a 2.0L in 97.

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The ford escort was a pretty decent car actually, I heard the RS model was spectacular, but not sure if it was available in north america. 120k miles is pretty high, but I've seen cars with over 200k that were fine if they were properly maintained.
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The ford escort was a pretty decent car actually, I heard the RS model was spectacular, but not sure if it was available in north america. 120k miles is pretty high, but I've seen cars with over 200k that were fine if they were properly maintained.
yup, everything reverts back to who owned the vehicle and how well it was maintained...regular oil changes, tune ups, etc. Oh, and make sure the breaks don't squeak...mine squeaked a bit back when i bought a year ago, and now my pads are shot and the rotors are warped....

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Nice, i went to check it out and its mint condish, only thing i could find was scuff marks on the back bumper, im well pleased, got a deposit down for now

Previous owner was a old man

A 1.6 1997 engin in the escort, im hoping will be ok, i dont travel very far but i like a race here and there

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Nice, i went to check it out and its mint condish, only thing i could find was scuff marks on the back bumper, im well pleased, got a deposit down for now

Previous owner was a old man

A 1.6 1997 engin in the escort, im hoping will be ok, i dont travel very far but i like a race here and there
Well if the previous owner was an old man, you might want to glow blow all of the carbon buildup out, lol. Just go punch it on an open stretch of highway when there aren't any cars or cops around

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Well if the previous owner was an old man, you might want to glow blow all of the carbon buildup out, lol. Just go punch it on an open stretch of highway when there aren't any cars or cops around
glow blow?

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glow blow?

lmao sorry...go blow it out i mean...like just get out on an open stretch and floor it....it works wonders if you have fuel injector cleaner in the gas tank before you do that...It really helped the engine knock in my explorer.

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