I've been looking around lately for an old car to use a beater so I'm not putting many miles on my focus. One of the 5 in my list is an escort. Early 90 model one I think. I think it's the short boxy looking one. Anyways, I thought I remembered a few of you guys owning one and I just want to know what kind of major problems they had. I've been kicking around the idea of getting one with a manual too. I've never owned a car with a manual and I kinda want to learn on a small car. If any of you guys would like to chime in with some input that would be great. Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.