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Old 10-02-2008, 06:42 PM   #19 (permalink)
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WonderWagon - '94 Ford Escort LX
Last 3: 51.52 mpg (US)

DaBluOne - '99 Ford Escort SE
90 day: 48.97 mpg (US)

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Generic Advice ('cause I don't own a Metro).

Before buying:
Look for known issues (sever rust at Metro's control arm mounts).
If you can't fix it yourself, be sure you have a written estimate from a shop willing to do the repair.

Immediately replace:
  1. Alternator belt ( Keep old one as spare if in fair condition. )
  2. Timing belt. ( Keep old one as spare if in fair condition. )
  3. Water pump ( This assumes you've got to remove it to R&R Timing belt. )
  4. Thermostat (OEM or good brand name eg. - GATES)
  5. Transmission oil. ( & Filter if it's an automatic. )
  6. Brake fluid.
  7. Power Steering Fluid
  8. Engine Coolant
  9. Coolant hoses. ( If at all questionable. )

Immediately Inspect and replace as necessary:
Brake linings and hardware.
Brake hoses ( for fraying or badly weather checked outer sheath. )
All exterior lights: brake, turn signal, clearance, hi/lo beams.
For frequent 1200 mile trips, if spare is a temporary, replace with a real rim and tire.

I like 99Metro's road kit, but would add a test light and duct tape.
Depending on where you're driving, I might also add a spare head light.
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