Adopting the "Escort" name used by Ford of Europe since along with the general design and layout of the third-generation European Escort , it was the successor of the Ford Pinto , which had a tarnished reputation for quality and safety after a widely publicized fuel tank defect. The Escort was one of Ford's most successful models in the s, earning a much better reputation than the Pinto. The Escort was the single best-selling car in its second year in the United States and during most of that decade. It also effectively replaced the smaller Ford Fiesta , which was imported from Europe from to For , the North American Escort switched to a Mazda-derived platform and essentially became a twin of the Ford Laser , a compact car sold in Asia and Oceania that has always shared a platform and some powertrain options with the Mazda , and whose progenitor was available in North America as the Mercury Tracer.
Escort was Ford's compact car produced from to The Ford Focus has since taken the Escort's place as Ford's compact vehicle. As is expected with older vehicles, parts and systems will start to break down and deteriorate, therefore creating a need to replace them. One part that may not be on your radar but is necessary is a headlight mounting panel.