Back in the mid 90's, we bought new Ford Escorts for our daughters. One was built in Mexico and the other in Canada. The south of the border unit was a headache from the first winter. All the lubricants got thick and gummy when it got cold out and things like the automatic seat belts and the gearshift safety release would not work until the car got warmed up. We finally gave up after about 80,000 miles. The Canadian Escort was a gem and my wife and I drove it for many years after our daughter moved on to a mini-van to haul kids with. I think it had 175,000 miles when someone else made modifications to the body and drive train in an accident and was totaled. This was my second Canadian vehicle, the first being a pick-up, and both were great.