Thursday, September 27, 2012
My Second Car: 1988 Ford Escort GT
The best features in the car were not to be found on regular Escorts (wider wheels/tires and fog lights to give it more of that Mustang look) but it was more the vehicles inability to start on a regular basis that was its most memorable character. It would start or not seemingly at whim. Diagnosing this issue was something that could never be solved by any host of repair shops and would plague it until it was disposed of.
A cardboard covered with felt lid covering the truck area of the hatchback was decidedly cheap and another detracting factor in my feelings regarding this vehicle.
The car served me in a pedestrian manner--when it ran--over the approximately two years I drove it. One of its final acts was something I would always be thankful though the car was on the whole was something that has put me off of Ford ever since. On a most miserable night where I was to go home alone after a miserable few hours of viewing what had become my ex-girlfriend without me and leaving the place I was at I had no one to call or to give me a lift home other than this said ex if the Escort failed to start--who would undoubtedly think my unstarting car was a ploy by me to try and weasel my way back into her life.
Sitting in the driver's seat and turning the key the Escort did its usual thing--click, click, bzzzzzzz. The dash lit up but no effort by the engine to start. My god, of all nights I thought. What are my options?? Walk the 12 miles home? Call a cab? Go to the ex and face that disaster? Oh, god, just please somehow start when I try this again (turning the key a second time)...Vrrrmmmm....Elation!! And off to my apartment I went. The car would be gone a few months later as its electrical problems and unreliability were too much for me to take and I begged my parents to take it away and replace it. What happened exactly to it I can't clearly remember. Was it traded in for the next car? Was it left at a shop as it couldn't be put right? I'm unsure. I never missed not driving the Escort GT and there was virtually nothing about it that I'd want it in any car I'd choose to have but I will remember it.