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By DRIVER8
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1995 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

I have a 1995 GL 4-cyl 5-spd manual
with 116000 miles. It has been one of
the best cars I've owned, so why do so
many people have so many complaints?
After reading all the reviews here's
the secret. 1) Get the manual
transmission -- the automatic is
unreliable and sluggish. 2) Replace
the water pump and timing belt before
100,000 miles (doing these at the same
time saves a lot on labor) -- they
break down shortly after 100,000 and
the repair after the fact costs more
than the value of the car.


Best Features

Handling and reliability


Worst Features

cupholders break and the door to the gastank doesn't always work


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should be named "Contortion"...
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By Contortionist
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1995 Ford Contour Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


Review

...since this is what you do when
working on it.
Engine/transaxle/accessories extremely
mechanic-unfriendly to service.
Automatic transaxle failure at 120k (an
expensive part and labor to replace.)


Best Features

body design, decent comfort


Worst Features

10-pound engine/transaxle in 5-pound engine compartment.


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1995 Ford Contour GL
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By JRBNH
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1995 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

We inherited this car from a family
member over 3 years ago, which we use
as a daily driver. 4 cylinder GL with
automatic, 92k miles. It's just one
problem after another, too many to list
here. I'm a firm believer in
maintenance by the book, so I've taken
good care of this car. Sadly, it's an
exercise in futility. Lots of design
flaws, inside and out that irritate on
a daily basis. Subpar power and fuel
economy. For a domestic car, it's
actually a nice compromise between ride
and handling. For any trip, we use our
1991 Acura w/ 260k miles because we
know that it'll get us there and back
without a reapir bill.


Best Features

The wife finishes her internship in December, so we're getting rid of it soon.


Worst Features

Quality, reliability, design. If you must have one, I'd suggest finding a V6 model that has had the water pump replaced.


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Great car
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By FordContourOwner
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1995 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

With the V6 and 5 speed it was more fun
to drive than any other car I've
owned. No major problems, other than
the plastic water pump impeller wore
out at 165,000 miles and the heater/air
conditioner switch at 170,000. Sadly,
the car's life was brought to a
premature end at 175,000 miles when an
oncoming motorist ventured in to my
lane.


Best Features

Performance and handling.


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A lemon needing too many repairs
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By Fed Up
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1995 Ford Contour Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


Review

WHEN it runs, it's great. V6
with 5 speed manual is responsive
and fun. The ride is nice, seats are
comfy, and it holds cruise speed in the
mountains. But it is
simply unreliable. In the past 5
months, it has broken down 5
times. Starting at 36K miles (when we
should have seen "the signs" and dumped
it), countless trips to the shop
include catalytic converter, oxygen
sensor, mass air flow sensor, wiring
harness, EGR something-or-another, etc.
The part is NEVER in stock at my Ford
dealership, adding to the
inconvenience. I inherited this car
when I married my husband. My husband
is great, but the car is a lemon.


Best Features

Peppy engine, fun five speed, moon roof.


Worst Features

Overall reliability and quality parts that aren't farmed out to some shoddy outside manufacturer. Cup holder that actually holds a cup without the passenger's seat getting in the way.


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