alright... ford escorts..
transmissions are soo bad many companys dont make replacement transmissions or rebuild parts for them, so if its shifting smoothly should be alright, if its kinda rough, my mom had her trans flushed (95 ford escort wagon) and took care of the problem.
only other thing i can think of is the timing belt, reccommended replacement interval is 65,000-70,000 miles, they can go longer since my moms hasnt been replaced yet and shes at 84,000 miles, but when it brakes, the car wont start being as they are non-interference engines. but at the same time when you replace the belt if needed, replace the waterpump, its in the same area and if you dont, the pump could start to leak and ruin a timing belt, we perform that job at work for about 400 parts and labor waterpump and timing belt on these escorts.
thats about all i know.