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Ford Contour SVT Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 195 hp @ 6625 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 1998 Ford Contour SVT

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Energetic performance in the spirit of more expensive German sedans.

  • Cons

    Small-lettered stereo which is hard to tune without taking your eyes off the road, back seat is inadequate for most full-size adults.

  • What's New for 1998

    Ford's SVT gurus turn their attention to the Contour, and the end result is this thoroughly enjoyable, near 200-horsepower sport sedan.…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (42 total reviews)


Still gets asked about

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Contour SVT 4dr Sedan

Rare car that people still ask me about. Enthusiasts "in the know" are aware of what this car is and what "SVT" means. Still handles like a dream and the growl of the V6 still brings a smile to my face. Remarkably, it has held up better than I thought it would. I have had minimal mechanical problems with the car. The trunk leaks and the headlights have begun to leak, as well. I replaced the water pump as a preventative measure, but everything else has held up very well. Paint still looks good and leather has held up very well. Small back seat and small buttons on radio are interior negatives, but give me half an hour with this car on some twisties, and nothing else matters.




It's ok

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Contour SVT 4dr Sedan

Acceleration is great. Engine seems to be reliable, but who knows. The biggest problem I have had with this car is replacing the radiator. With it inside the front support, I had to contract with a local shop to get do it myself. Also, fuel filter bracket is terrible. After only one Wisconsin Winter, it was rusted to pieces. Suspension is nicely tuned, but my Kia out drives it. Even the 2.5L V6 doesn't hold a candle to my 1.8L 4- popper.




A great running vehicle

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Contour SVT 4dr Sedan

Purchased used. It was a one-owner car with 37,000 miles on it when I bought it. I had to get the sunroof repaired. The water pump went bad around 75,000 miles. Easy to replace, it only cost me $65.00 and two hours of my time. I had an O2 sensor go bad around 60,000 miles. Again around $80 and a hour to repair. I have had no other problems with the vehicle



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 26
  • highway
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Full 1998 Ford Contour SVT Review

What's New for 1998

Ford's SVT gurus turn their attention to the Contour, and the end result is this thoroughly enjoyable, near 200-horsepower sport sedan. As with all Contour models for this year, the SVT has the new face that gives this Ford more character (though the new taillight treatment is almost identical to the Contour's cousin, the Mercury Mystique). Halfway through the model year, the SVT got new wheels and tires, a slightly revised suspension and depowered airbags.

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