A true sports sedan! Although this car does not have the horsepower of some of the post "Fast and Furious" cars you see on the road today it sure moves. Honestly, after almost seven years of ownership it is even more fun to drive now than the day I bought it, can you ask for anything more out of a car?
Engine sounds and performs outstanding, car handle curves like the car was moving on a rail
Should have come supercharged or SVT should have made one as an add on.
You would do well to avoid any of these vehicles with a "clicking" noise coming from under the hood. This is what mine had and due to the same sound occurring on my previous car without any problems, this did not trouble me. About 3 months after purchasing the vehicle, there was a sound similar to that made when grounding a vehicle after a particularly high speed turn, then there was a severe loss of power. This turned out to be a dead motor ... which ended up costing more than the original price of the vehicle. Do not buy this vehicle unless it has a complete maintenance history with every possible thing that could go wrong being fixed prior to buying.
Exhaust note with no pre-cats. Gearbox with the B&M Short Throw Shift kit installed. New motor clutch suspension setup (Bilstein Coilovers). Midnight Blue interior. Can kick just about any BMW from the last decade excluding the M3 Hatchback through M5 and the E46 M3 in every category.
I had a blast test driving this car. I started out driving Neons etc. But this car was a kick in the pants. Most people can't believe it's a Contour. They think its a Mitsubithingamagiggy. Now I have 108,000. With zero problems. Mileage is 27-28 a gallon. I do have clunking noise coming from the front end, when I take off. Strut? Nice car for the price.
I love the 4 barrel sound it makes when you rack up the RPMs. Leather seats are very nice touch.
The CSVT is a sedan that rivals the BMW 3 series. Maybe not in build quality or status, but in performance, handling, and fun to drive. I never feel squirrely or unstable at highway speeds and because of the stopping ability I haven't needed a body shop yet. The torque is incredible and doesn't even compare to a Honda Accord or Civic. Overall this is a fun car to drive and a great deal when compared to imports.
The exhaust sounds great above 2500 rpm and the styling is great. It looks very smooth without a spoiler. The white face gauges against the midnight blue interior looks great and the seats are comfortable on long drives and the bolstering keeps you in your seat on hard cornering.
On long car rides the backseat passangers don't have much room or a cup holder. The front cupholders are almost worthless. The backseats need to be easier to fold down.
I bought this car used with 16,000 miles on it. It now just turned 50k. Though I have not owned that many cars, this is the best I have had yet; better than my '89 Legend. Handles great, good performance, reasonably comfortable and the seats are great. Had one major electrical problem that was luckily covered under the warranty. No other major problems to speak of. If you can find one that has been well cared for it would be strongly worth considering. They are very practical and yet lots of fun. Thank goodness for the fold down rear seats.
Acceleration, handling, exhaust sound, seats.
Would have preferred a better looking dash board but that is about it.