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1996 Ford Contour Sedan

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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!


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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


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Worst car Ever Bought
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By Driver
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1996 Ford Contour Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought A 96 Ford Contour with less than 100000 miles on it. Drove it one day transmission went out. Had it replaced and then less than 6 months later same thing. I had to replace the water pump, timing belt, serpintine belt, battery, and battery wire on this in 6 months and not to mention after replacing the cable. The car caught fire! Never buy anything stamped found on road dead again!


Favorite Features

It has great gas mileage when it runs right


Suggested Improvements

They have already scraped the car. The best improvement that anyone looking to buy one can do is don't. Look at something else. If you have one sell it quickly!


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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.


Favorite Features

Sporty feel to the car while driveing.


Suggested Improvements

Make one that drives in first gear.


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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


Favorite Features

Hasn't broke down


Suggested Improvements

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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Don't buy this junk.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Brian
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1996 Ford Contour Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


Review

This car has been a nothing but trouble. Every problem requires a trip to the mechanic because the car is designed so you can't fix anything without special tools and disassembly of the entire engine. The water pump is a constant problem having to be replaced twice as well as the timing belt. Engine is continually running hot because of poorly designed coolant system. Doors creak terribly when opened. The car has terrible fuel mileage compared to its small engine and pathetic amount of power. The only plus to this car is the availability of used parts. You can find several of these cars at almost any junk yard. That is where mine is headed shortly.


Favorite Features

Comfortable seats. Trunk space. Turning radius.


Suggested Improvements

Needs a larger radiator. More engine power.


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