Ford escort spi engine relaible?

I have 80k miles on my 1997 ford escort are they reliable engine what the most failure? What should i expect to change?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Engine reliability depends on how gently it is operated and how good the maintenance is. If you don't know the history of that for your car, then it's anybody's guess. Properly operated and cared for, it can easily go another 80,000 miles.  Expect to change the timing belt no later than 120,000 miles for that specific year and model. If it breaks you'll need a new engine. You can also expect to replace the starter, alternator and battery by then too, and possibly some exhaust components, along with doing regular replacement of belts, hoses and spark plugs every few years. 

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  • Barry
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    1 month ago

    If it's maintained properly with fully synthetic oil it should chug on for another 80k with no problems. Good maintenance and sensible driving is the key to long engine life.

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  • 1 month ago

    Not many miles for that age.  Should last another 20 years .   Has the timing belt been changed ?  The water pump could start to leak at any time.

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