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Excellent value
By NMRN on 04/05/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour LX 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought it 4 years ago from owner.. Been a Ford expected a lot of issue. So far only one minor issue. Front power window actuator broke. Wish I had the larger engine, but even with the 2L (Shift stick) it is fun to drive. For what I paid for it, It was plesent surprise, especialy performence and handling, but alos reliability.
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Please with Contour
By Solomons-Isle on 01/16/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Very pleased with car. Bought it nes off the lot. Car has been very realiable and is fun to drive.
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DON'T BUY A 96 CONTOUR!!
By HateMyCar96 on 12/30/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan

Review

I had nothing but problems with this car after it hit 50,000 miles!! First the drivetrain and then the radiator and the water pump and then the wheel cylinders whet bad! Don't buy a 96 contour unless you enjoy constant aggervation and automotive problems!
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Hardly a problem
By Daveeeee on 11/01/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour LX 4dr Sedan

Review

This car gets about 25 or 26 mpg and has been very reliable.
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Nothing But A Problem!
By Glenn & Pamela Bates on 10/21/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan

Review

We bought this car new in 1996. The gas mileage was awful from the start, and the car has been in the shop so many times I've lost count! We kept it serviced regular,and tried to give it the best of care, and still gad to have a new motor at 60,000 miles. We contacted the local ford dealers as well as the Ford headquarters and recieved absolutely no cooperation, so needless to say we never want another Ford!!!! We had the new motor put in and it has still given us nothing but trouble! Noone can seem to fix the hunk of junk! We really believe the old ford joke now, "fix or repair daily!"
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Many miles, still running
By MNDriver on 09/09/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan

Review

I have 173,000 miles on the contour and it still runs very well. No loss in compression or fuel mileage. Had to replace 2 power window motors, timing belt tensioner, and front ball joints. I hope to get 200k miles before I send it to its final resting place!
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Excellent Engine -- Poor Suspension
By Sweep1120 on 08/20/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan

Review

The 4-cylinder in the Contour seems to be excellent -- 114,000 miles and no problems. And tremendous get-up and go for such a small engine on the freeway. However, the suspension and body construction problems (can no longer open gas cover from driver's seat) are troublesome. And no one seems to be able to correct them.
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What a great car... even after seven yrs
By Jackcarteryahoo on 08/05/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Very comfortable car packed full of options. Even after 100,000 miles, the car has plenty of power and acceleration. I've taken great care of the car and it still looks and drives like new. I would highly a Countour SE if it has been taken care of.
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ford contour
By mia thyberg on 07/23/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan

Review

New Car Purchase-did not work by time home(engine problem) . Shortly after -sunroof did not work. Shortly after that- floormattes let off a fume per floor heat was so hot(Ford said this was normal). Carpet coming up- ford refused to fix, but did fix radio . After 1 year- rubbers to windows flew off. 3 years- bottom leaks water so carpets are all wet in back and trunck (mildew). Ford refused to fix. No customer service after purchase(i.e. beg for a replacement vehicle while yours is being repaired though you pulled off the lot w/ a faulty vehicle)
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Good Old Car
By J.Low on 07/22/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Well,I've owned this contour v6 for over a year and so far haven't had any major repairs ,just some negligible minor flaws,trunk release cable snapped,thus solely use keyless entry to operate,oil pan gasket shows minor leaks and power steering fluid line also minorly leaks.Aside from above it's fun to drive and reliable .Conclusion pros:well executed interior design and materials other than plastic on dashboard,brake and steering feels,light clutch,close gear ratio,acceleration at highway speed,4 discs,roadholding personality cons:too stiff ride,fit and finish,rattles and sqeaks,torque steer,road noise,low end grunt,rear legroom
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