My parents 1995 for escort 1,6 DOHC estate with manual gearbox have been leaking transmission fluid for about two years, and about a month ago my mom complained about the gearchange was getting a bit stiff (worst in reverse and 3. gear) so we drained the fluid and filled in 3,1 liters as it says in the manual. the stuff we drained was quite black, and there was only about 1,5 liters. Gearchange was greatly improved as well as the leak around where the selector rod goes into the gearbox, so our driveway is not so pretty anymore. (but we dont own it, we rent the house) I guess there is some kind of oil seal around it, but is that possible to change without disassembling the gearbox? if not we are just going to live with it for the two or four years this car will live.