Why is a 1995 Ford Escort overheating?
Could be many answers to this problem. Starting with worse-case and going to best case scenario... Check coolant level. If you've serviced the coolant regularly and coolant is an off-color or is contaminated, then run a compression test. If the level is low, it could be an internal engine leak or external leak. (hopefully external) If coolant checks-out, then try replacing the thermostat. Sometimes the gauges will read incorrectly and so that's another possibility.