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mdkarle mdkarle
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/09
Posted: 01/30/09
08:44 PM

I was wondering if anyone else owned a diesel Ford Escort? I owned one that was a four-door I bought used back in about 1985 or 1986. I bought it from the local Ford Dealership here in Fort Worth TX. I remember how fun it was to drive and did not want to give it up but had to part with it when it was totaled in an accident. I remember filling up the tank with diesel and it would get about 40 MPG. It did not have a lot of power with its 4 cylinder non-turbo diesel engine and five speed standard transmission especially when using the air conditioning, a must here in Texas. By the time it was totaled, it had 200,000 plus miles on it with the body falling apart around the engine. I was once told the engine was made by Volvo but I am not sure on that. It was my first love with a diesel, Blush  now I have a 95 Power Stroke with 206,000 miles on the old beast. Cool  I am a subscriber to Diesel Power and loved the article about the Chevy Chevette diesel. Would love to see an article on the diesel Escort.  

alfreed alfreed
New User | Posts: 17 | Joined: 05/08
Posted: 03/04/09
08:15 PM

special,are you on medication?  

beskew beskew
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/25/09
04:35 PM

i have one (85 escort diesel) please email me my name is brian  

Amadeus Amadeus
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/10
Posted: 01/23/10
12:08 PM

A dealer in my area was allotted two of these diesel Escorts.  I test drove one and found that it had much greater acceleration than the gas alternative.  I was around $1000.00 higher in price than the gas Escort.  This car had a Mitsubishi engine in place of the more common Mazda engine.  I traded in a Mustang II which was getting 15-18 MPG.  After the first few months I found that I was getting over 70 MPG highway and 45-50 city.  The savings in fuel cost alone more than made up for what monthly car payments would be on a loan so I went back and purchased the second vehicle they had on their allotment for my wife to drive.  After three tanks of fuel it was again time to change the oil....really!

We drove these two vehicles into the ground with both of them well over 200,000 before the body rust was so bad that door locks literally fell out of the frames.  Sadly I called the junk yard to haul them away.  Detroit had made such a bad name for diesels that no one wanted them.  

The diesel Volkwagon Jetta replacements were the worst new vehicles I have ever purchased and owned; it was with mixed feelings that I watched as my daughter drove the last one with less than 100,000 miles on it into the sunset.  They had poor acceleration, only got 30 to 39 miles per gallon at best, and overheated at temperatures over 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They were by and large the worst vehicles we ever owned.

I had owned several used VW bugs previous to this with fond memories so these Jetta junk cars were really unexpected.  From there we moved to Saturns, then Chryslers. The Saturn SC I 5 speed manual got 40 MPG highway, the 2005 PT Cruiser automatic with overdrive 30, and the 2008 PT Cruiser 25.

Why can't Ford simply return to the proven high mileage Escort of 1985 instead of all this hybrid BS?  

cheepsk8 cheepsk8
New User | Posts: 22 | Joined: 02/09
Posted: 02/09/10
12:20 PM

I had an '85 1/2 Escort diesel that was given to me by a friend. The underbody was rusted pretty good. The rear suspension mount had been welded back in place and the hatch latch did not work. The exhaust was bad and fumes would come through everywhere. If you opened the windows for ventilation, the hatch would fly up! We turned up the pump. we got more smoke than most turned up pickups. Would do great 2nd gear burn outs. The car actually was my saving grace when I lost my old job as I could not afford to put gas in my F-150 to go to truck driving school. I miss that old girl. R.I.P.  
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Edward A. Sanchez Edward A. Sanchez
Administrator | Posts: 2112 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 02/09/10
12:48 PM

Based on a quick web search, it appears the diesel engine offered in the U.S. Ford Escort was actually a Mazda engine.  

pilgram pilgram
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 05/10
Posted: 05/10/10
09:22 PM

I still own a 1985 Ford Escort Diesel wagon. It had 30,000 miles in '88 when we bought it.  We looked up "Motor Trend" mag.  [in library] for 1984, and it had a big article on this car.  It said that this "little-Oil-can" was the highest miles per gallon on the market, averaging 70 true miles per gallon.  
  My husband and I made a trip in it, and we were floored, it did exactly 70 miles to the gallon.
    It still has more than average miles per,  but not 70 any more.  There are no dings or scratches on it.  But no air.  It has "vent wings" instead.  
  I am sure there aren't any like it left in the state.  Even people who are familar with Fords all their lives, never heard of an Escort Diesel.  
I wish to sell it, as I am elderly now.  Wilma  

saltydog61 saltydog61
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 06/10
Posted: 06/11/10
06:07 AM

I am interested in your escort. could you e-mail me  

billmcfadden billmcfadden
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 11/10
Posted: 11/07/10
12:20 AM

I have ownd the 84,85, and the 86 tempos and you are right they were very good on fuel.
The trick for more power was to have injection pump squash plate pressure increased, I can't remember just what they were reset too, but it was quite an improvement and a lot of fun to drive, we used too run them for 5 too 6 hundred thousand miles on our courier runs.
the engine was a japaness engine with a kikkie injection pump and not a volvo block.  

highrockhandyman highrockhandyman
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 12/10
Posted: 12/04/10
09:08 AM

i just puchased a 1985 escort diesel with 49000 miles one owner and very nice.where do you find parts and where is the fuel filter/filters.  

DodgeDiesel_01 DodgeDiesel_01
New User | Posts: 8 | Joined: 02/11
Posted: 02/01/11
07:40 PM

When I was in High school we had a diesel escort that got 60+ mpg.  I never understood why american auto makers never kept up on quality diesel engines for compact and mid-sized cars.  I still have plans on dropping a 4bt or perhaps some VW diesel into a Saturn or something similar.  I am driving a Saturn SC1 with a 5 speed that gets 34+ mpg on a bad day and would love to see what it could get with a small diesel engine and the right gearing.  
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beanmachine65 beanmachine65
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 08/11
Posted: 08/06/11
09:24 PM

I recently acquired a 1986 escort D, i bought this car from a fella who's great uncle passed on. It is nothing short of impeccable! It has 64K miles. He towed it behind his camper and the tow hitch was still attached when i payed 700 for it. I must say i originally bought it for entertainment purpose only. I put two new front rotors on as they we're hanging up.  There is not so much as a spot of rust on this car and the paint is perfect. It has 2 door dings, almost unnoticeable. I thought of selling it, but the more i drive it, the more embarrased my 3 kids are!!! HA HA HA HA,  I have only put 100 miles on it so far, but am looking forward to seeing what kind of mileage this birth control device is capable of.....  Are their any flaws a person should be aware of???  

Stygimoloch Stygimoloch
User | Posts: 127 | Joined: 11/10
Posted: 08/16/11
07:59 AM

For one, its a ford.  
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New User | Posts: 10 | Joined: 08/11
Posted: 08/29/11
02:53 AM

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Mr. Wonderful Mr. Wonderful
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/15
Posted: 03/11/15
07:33 AM

Caught my eye 42 GPW project. I have a 43 GPW  with a T90 trans that I am thinking of putting in a 1985 Ford Escort diesel 2.0 and update the axles with Suzuki Samurai axles for higher gearing.
What is your thoughts and idea because I am not a mechanic and know nothing on diesels? Is this similar to what you did and if so how did it work out for you? I was thinking of using the five speed from the suzuki as well, but did not think it would be strong enough so thinking of staying with the T90
Any advice would be a plus from anyone.
I just finished a 46 Willys with a Suzuki Samurai drive line and under carriage and it is awesome. We are now are updating it with a GEO 1.6 for a little more power

I am new to this puter stuff so any advice email me back as well mkrause32@ to be sure I see it