Before I get to the pics let me give you a quick heads up: Just bought this 1996 Ford Escort LX hatchback about 2 months ago. So far I am loving the thing for a little daily driver/beater. One thing I noticed on the car was some really hard shifts between 1st and 2nd. I figured this was just early signs of a slipping tranny. I also thought about the idea that this was from the fuel filter too. I noticed that the car felt "puttery" from a complete stop to about 2k RPM. I figured this could be an issue with the fuel filter being so clogged up too. Anyway, we changed the filter today and man was it disgusting. Here are the pic: Particles of dirt were flowing out with the filter and didn't stop flowing until the filter ran dry. I am 99% sure this was the stock filter (116k on the car). Anyway with the new filter that puttery feel is completely gone and there are no hard shifts whatsoever. I am really surprised a fuel filter could make that car feel so beat down.