I picked up the "new" Escort on Sunday, and it turns out to be a
former Coca-Cola fleet vehicle; service vehicle I guess. Reading
between the lines of the inspection records, it seems like it was used
regularly from 98-2001 and then only very intermittently (less than
1,000 miles on it during the last 12 months). There is an open recall
on it for something to do with the OBD2 module - the TSB summary
implies that whatever this fix is, it's just a software upgrade.
The only real "issue" I have with this car is something that sounds
like a VERY rough idle. It vibrates the whole vehicle, sounds almost
like it's missing a cylinder :) RPMs are approximately constant. This
sounds weird, but the roughness seems to get slightly worse if I turn
on the cabin blower. You really notice this noisy mode when parking.
I haven't had anything open or unscrewed yet, but I'm wondering if
this could be dirty spark plugs.
It has to go into the dealership for the OBD2 recall next week, so
they will perform a "standard multipoint inspection", but I'd
appreciate any thoughts on the issue.