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Cheap Thrills - Maintenance Required
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By Jack Jones
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Vehicle

1995 Ford Contour Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


Review

Owned one for 9 years. Duractec V6 is
responsive and pulls hard all the way
to redline (6700rpm). Amazingly good
cornering and handling. ABS brakes
excellent. Sold after 135K miles.
Auto Tranny never an issue - changed
fluid every 35K as they suggest.


Best Features

Sound of Duratec at 6500 rpm! Great Handling. Awesome stopping power (205/65/R14 tires). Comfortable and Sporty.


Worst Features

Problematic at gas pump (often prematurely cuts off pump), even simple maintenance is challenging. Duratec V6 is incredibly tight fit - dont know how they got it in there.


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Do Not Buy a First Generation Vehicle
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By Joe Blow
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Vehicle

1995 Ford Contour Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


Review

I dont care if its Yugo or Lexus, NEVER
buy a first generation vehicle (like I
did). The engineers need time to
improve the thing with a few design
mods. I have had my car for 9 years
and put 135,000 miles on it. Fun as
hell to drive, but frequent warranty
failures put me on first name basis
with service department. Out of
Warranty repairs minor, but agree the
powertrain is a total pain to work on -
even a simple thing takes patience due
to extremely dense fit of motor in
engine compartment!


Best Features

Handling, and awesome sound/power of the V-6 at 6700 rpm redline. I still look forward to driving it after 9 years as I did the first day I bought it. Fun as hell to drive, folks.


Worst Features

Tell the GAS TANK ENGINEERING TEAM to get their act together and design a system that allows one to actually get a full tank of gas without cussing!


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Biggest mistake of my life!
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By i'm done
on

Vehicle

1995 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

i bought this car for $5,000 a few
years ago and since then have put close
to $6,000 into it in repairs alone, not
to mention regular maintenance. 3
months after i bought it, the water
pump, AC compressor, serpentine and
timing belts went out (along with a
host of other things) and a few months
after that, it happened again. I have
not gone more than 3 months without
this car costing me at least $400 in
repairs. Most recently, the entire
central computer needed to be replaced
along with the 3rd water pump and all
new belts (for the 3rd time) to the
tune of nearly $1000.


Best Features

The radio and heater/AC buttons are aimed toward the driver which is nice.


Worst Features

Place a warning sign on the front of the car for unsuspecting buyers like myself. No good can come out of this car.


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Great Car, Sweet Ride
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By thor_thunder
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Vehicle

1995 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

I have loved my Contour. I have not
had to have any work done on the car
with the exception of reconditioning
the air conditioning unit. After
almost 150,000 miles, I am amazed at
how well the car runs and performs.
The 2.5 liter V6 Duratec engine
provides the perfect blend of
horsepower and fuel economy.


Best Features

I love the fuel economy and the pep. I like the body style with one minor addtion--a rear mini-spoiler. The sound system provides quality sound with no distortion. I liked the manual transmission.


Worst Features

The cup holder sticks sometimes. Other than that I love the car as is.


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Overall satisfaction
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By Jeff Moon
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Vehicle

1995 Ford Contour Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


Review

1999 purchase at 45k miles. Drove an
average of 500 miles per week first 2
years and only work needed was oil and
tire rotation. Hugs the corners well
and has great acceleration. Biggest
major repair came a month ago when the
water pump was replaced at 115k miles.
Not much to look at from the outside
but very comfortable inside, especially
up front. Also impressed with the
trunk space for weekend trips and
grocery shopping. As mentioned by
other reviewers, the check engine light
comes on especially at highway speeds,
but twice the dealer has looked at with
no diagnosis. Also have had the cable
release for the hood replaced twice!


Best Features

Accelerates and handles well when necessary. Roomy trunk. Comfortable front bucket seats make long rides feel shorter. Not bad for an "economic" mid- size model competing with the Accord and the Camry.


Worst Features

Discontinued after 2000 model. A lot of squeaks and rattles at any speed. Very little room under hood and difficult to perform simple, at-home maintenance.


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