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Specs, Warranty & Reliability

The table below shows all 1998 Ford Escort specs by style, including MPG (fuel economy), transmission details, and interior and exterior dimensions. Additionally, find 1998 Ford Escort warranty and reliability information, such as limits on bumper-to-bumper coverage and major components.

1998 Ford Escort LX 4dr Sedan1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool 2dr Coupe (1998.5 model)1998 Ford Escort ZX2 Cool 2dr Coupe
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  • Overview
    MSRP *$11,430$11,580$12,580
    Invoice *$10,721$10,857$11,762
    Engine2.0L I-4 110 HP 125.0 ft.lbs. @ 3,750 rpm2.0L I-4 130 HP 127.0 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpm2.0L I-4 130 HP 127.0 ft.lbs. @ 4,250 rpm
    TransmissionStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/OD5-spd man w/OD
    Fuel Economy City28.0 mpg28.0 mpg26.0 mpg
    Fuel Economy Hwy38.0 mpg38.0 mpg33.0 mpg
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
  • Powertrain
    Engine2.0L I-4 110 HP 125.0 ft.lbs. @ 3,750 rpm2.0L I-4 130 HP 127.0 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpm2.0L I-4 130 HP 127.0 ft.lbs. @ 4,250 rpm
    TransmissionStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/OD5-spd man w/OD
    Alternator48 amp heavy duty48 amp heavy duty48 amp heavy duty
    Battery58 amp with run down protection58 amp with run down protection58 amp with run down protection
    Axle RatioStandard:3.85Available:3.74Standard:4.10Available:3.744.10
    Recommended Fuel Typeregular unleadedregular unleadedregular unleaded
    Fuel Tank12.8 gal.12.7 gal.12.8 gal.
    Exhauststainless steelstainless steelstainless steel
    Drive Typefront-wheelfront-wheelfront-wheel
  • Steering and Suspension
    Front Suspensionstrutstrutstrut
    Front Anti-Roll Barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll bar
    Front Springscoilcoilcoil
    Rear Suspensionindependent multi-linkindependent multi-linkindependent multi-link
    Rear Anti-Roll Barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll bar
    Rear Springscoilcoilcoil
    Steeringrack & pinionrack & pinionrack & pinion
    Brakesfront disc/rear drumfront disc/rear drumfront disc/rear drum
    Vented Disc Brakesfrontfrontfront
    Wheels14.0 " steel14.0 " silver steel14.0 " silver steel
    Front TiresP185/65SR14.0BSW ASP185/65SR14.0BSW ASP185/65SR14.0BSW AS
    Spare Tire and Wheelcompact steelcompact steelcompact steel
  • Seating and Interior
    Seating Capacity545
    Front Seat Typebucketbucketbucket
    Front Headrestsadjustableadjustableadjustable
    Front Driver Seat Direction Controls4-way4-way4-way
    Easy EntryN/Arear seat easy entryrear seat easy entry
    Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls4-way4-way4-way
    Rear Seats60-40 bench60-40 bench60-40 bench
    Seat Trimclothclothcloth
    Door Trimclothcloth w/carpet lowercloth
    Headlinerfull clothfull clothfull cloth
    Floor Trimcarpetcarpetcarpet
    Floor MatsAvailable:carpeted front & rearAvailable:carpeted front & rearN/A
  • Comfort and Conveniences
    Vanity Mirrorspassengerpassengerpassenger
    Rearview Mirrorday-nightday-nightday-night
    Glove Boxglove boxglove boxglove box
    Dome Lightdome lightdome lightdome light
    Floor Consolefullfullfull
    Cup Holderfront and rearfront and rearfront and rear
    Instrument Panel StoragebinbinN/A
    Door Binsdualdualdual
    Cargo Floor Trimcarpetedcarpetedcarpeted
    Cargo LightN/Acargo lightcargo light
    Front Air ConditioningAvailable:manualAvailable:manualAvailable:manual
    Rear Heat Ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ducts
    RadioAM/FM stereo, seek-scanAM/FM stereo, seek-scanAM/FM stereo, seek-scan
    Speakers4 performance4 performance4 performance
    Antennamanual retractablemanual retractablemanual retractable
    Door Locksmanualmanualmanual
    Remote Keyless EntryAvailable:keyfob (all doors)Available:keyfob (all doors)Available:keyfob (all doors)
    Trunk/Hatch/Door ReleaseAvailable:keyfobN/AN/A
    Rear Child Safety Door Locksrear child safety door locksN/AN/A
    Power Outlets111
    Instrument Displayanaloganaloganalog
    Water Temp Gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gauge
    Trip Odometertrip odometertrip odometertrip odometer
    Front Windowsmanualmanualmanual
    Rear Windowsmanualfixedfixed
    Tinted Windowslightlightlight
    Front Windshield Wipersvariable intermittentvariable intermittentvariable intermittent
    Rear DefrosterAvailable:rear defrosterAvailable:rear defrosterAvailable:rear defroster
  • Safety
    Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)Available:4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)Available:4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)Available:4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    Center High Mounted Stop Lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop light
    Front Impact Airbagsdriver and passengerdriver and passengerdriver and passenger
    Panic AlarmAvailable:panic alarmAvailable:panic alarmAvailable:panic alarm
  • Dimensions and Capacities
    Door Count4 doors2 doors2 doors
    Maximum Cargo Volume12.8 cu.ft.10.4 cu.ft.11.8 cu.ft.
    Exterior Length174.7 "175.2 "175.2 "
    Exterior Width67.0 "66.8 "67.4 "
    Exterior Height53.3 "52.3 "52.3 "
    Wheelbase98 "98 "98 "
    Front Tread57 "57 "57 "
    Rear Tread57 "57 "57 "
    Turning Radius15.7 '16.4 '15.8 '
    Curb Weight2,468 lbs.2,381 lbs.2,478 lbs.
    Max Trailer Weight1,000 lbs.1,000 lbs.1,000 lbs.
    Drag Coefficient.35.35.35
    Front Legroom42.5 "42.5 "42.5 "
    Rear Legroom34.0 "33.4 "33.4 "
    Front Headroom39.0 "37.9 "38.0 "
    Rear Headroom36.7 "35.1 "35.1 "
    Front Hiproom50.2 "51.1 "51.1 "
    Rear Hiproom49.4 "45.1 "45.1 "
    Front Shoulder Room51.6 "50.8 "50.8 "
    Rear Shoulder Room52.1 "48.7 "48.7 "
    Passenger Volume87 cu.ft.81 cu.ft.81 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume12.8 cu.ft.10.4 cu.ft.11.8 cu.ft.
  • Exterior Features
    Mud FlapsN/Afront and rearfront and rear
    Rear SpoilerN/AAvailable:wingN/A
    Bodyside MoldingsblackStandard:blackAvailable:coloredblack
    Grille Moldingsblackblackblack
    Exterior Mirrorsdual manualdual manualdual manual
    TraileringN/Aclass Iclass I
  • Warranty
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Major Components Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Corrosion Perforation Months/Miles60/unlimited60/unlimited60/unlimited
    Roadside Assistance Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Accessories Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
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Safety Rating

Below is the 1998 Ford Escort safety rating information and crash results as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ratings are based on a star system and can vary by style.
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  Safety data is not currently available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For a list of safety-related features, please check the Specs section.

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