The car is designed by Mazda.
The transmission is made my Mazda in Japan
1.8L engine is also made in Japan by Mazda.
1.9L engine is made un USA by Ford, but re-designed by Mazda.
Car was assembled in Michigan in 1995. I am not positive if some were
also assembled in Mexico in 1995.
I actually have one of these cars. Looks like a Japanese design to
me. For example:
1. Japanese style ignition key (you turn the key instead of the
ignition cylinder). This causes the plastic part of the OEM key to
break off from the metal key stock over time). The Ford design was
much more reliable.
2. Mazda style power steering pump. The reservior is separate from
the pump. The Ford system has the fluid and pump as one object. I
actually like this part better.
3. Mazda brakes. My older 1984 Escort had really good brakes that
never gave me a problem and had a much shorter stopping distance. My
1995 Escort has Mazda brakes which are truly awful in comparison.
Drive a modern day Countour to see what Ford brakes are really like.
4. That crappy Mazda style winshield defrost vent. The only Fords
which have this are the ones designed my Mazda (1991-1996 Escort and
Probes). It rattles against the windshield. The dealer replaced it 3
times under warranty. After Warranty ran out I put a piece of felt on
this dash piece between it an the windshield and it hasn't rattled
since. I consider this one of Mazda's design mistakes.
Actually I could make a much longer list of crappy Mazda mistakes that
they made on this car. Buy my point is that Ford didn't make these
design changes, and it should be obvious as these defects were
standard on all Mazdas, but curiously only appearead on Ford if they
were Probes and Escorts made from 1991-1996. It can be made or
assemebled in the US, but it's still designed by Mazda in Japan.
Understand the difference?
You kind of took that out of context. I was referring to the USA made ENGINE,
i.e. the 1.9 as opposed to the 1.8 which IS Mazda or the 4EAT transmission which
is Mazda.................. Not the car in it's entirety. BTW if it has a 1.9 the
electronics is also Ford.
I still have the window sticker for mine. It clearly states that the
transmission was made in Japan. I'd call that a Mazda. Besides that,
I don't think Ford ever made a transmission for an Escort (I can't say
after 1996). They are all Mazda products made in Japan.
I have a 1995 Ford Escort and just recently the seat belt light started
flashing. It will flash 5 times, pause then 1 time wait about 10 seconds and
repeat. I can't find out what is causing this. Does anyone know what this
thanks in advance
The following info is from the 95 Ford Escort manual( the real ford manual ,not
one of those cheap ones). ....A ground switch in the drivers side inboard buckle
activates the safety belt warning chime. The safety belt warning chime will sound
if the driver`s safety belt is unbuckled.....When you buckle up the alarm should
be switched off. You probably have a problem with the switch or a poor ground
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