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Pure [non-permissible content removed] but surprisingly reliable
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By levip0721
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1996 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car in July 2013 from a friend, I'd say less than 24 hours of ownership it overheated, hose blew and split a hose and blew water pump gasket, oil pan leaks now fixed antifreeze leaks with k-seal(does wonders) rear struts are junk, pulls hard right ,poor gas mileage, erratic idle, can't loosen tensioner pulley to replace serpentine belt, THE slowest and least powerful car I've ever set foot in, my old Buick would blow the doors off this. The only positive thing is it's never broke down, only not started once from maf sensor wet, other than that I think about running it into a tree to put this useless excuse of a car out of its misery, also all windows have wiring issues


Best Features

Hasn't broke down


Worst Features

More power, easier to maintenance, better fuel economy, my old 96 Camry had more power, and better mileage with a larger 4 cylinder engine(5sp ftw)


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pretty car but drives bad in first.
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By not a taurus
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1996 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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Like look and feel of contour,but the car drives bad in first gear,scary in traffic.Want to get rid of it A.S.A.P.


Best Features

Sporty feel to the car while driveing.


Worst Features

Make one that drives in first gear.


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Nice looking hunk o' junk
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By Brian
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1996 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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Well, I started off the first year with really no issues except the air conditioning compressor blew. Well, the past 4 months have been HECK! The tranny has started to knock, the windows get stuck down, the alternator and/or starter is going, the abs light flashes, the o2 sensor blew, the hood release snapped from the cable, drive side headrest broke, and the engine stalls at stop lights. It's been a good first car,up until now, I just can't wait to upgrade!


Best Features

The front seats are pretty roomy for a small car. The trunk is HUGE. Engine is pretty peppy for a small car, excellent handling.


Worst Features

Every cheap part put into this car. Transmission, cup holders, seats, hood release.


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Satisfied longtime owner
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By original owner
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1996 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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If you're reading this, you're probably wondering about a '96 Contour as a used car prospect. There were some early recalls and warranty problems, but I've done decent maintenance and ended up with a reliable, fun-to-drive, economical car. The timing belt broke at 90K (no harm done; I should have replaced it sooner), but routine maintenance has been fine, brakes long-lasting, transmission no trouble. I'll be selling it reluctantly, 'cause I think it has many more miles on it!


Best Features

Great handling, reliability, comfortable for long hauls, even the 4-cyl--which loves to rev---has been a fine freeway cruiser.


Worst Features

Car is out of production, so this doesn't really matter. Evidently Ford could hardly manufacture this for less than the Taurus, but could never ask nearly as much for it. Too bad--though I'm happy to know the Mondeo platform survives, and has been updated, in Europe. Will Ford ever import these?


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Worthless
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By Tom H.
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1996 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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Garbage. Car shakes all the time, speakers are broken, all the windows don't roll up or down Oil pan leaks, shocks and struts are shot, and overheated all the time. Put $2000 in to it for tune up, transmission, and water pump and timing belt. Never buy this car whatever you do.


Best Features

Nothing


Worst Features

Use more better parts.


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