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Mary's review
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By Mary dore
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1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan


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This car fails to meet normal wear and tear, it starts at about 5 years old. First the engine check light come on and no can fix, except for 250 dollars, then they can turn it off. Next, continual problems with the wheel, axles, bearing, alternator assembly; replaced alternator, water heater, timing chain, and last but not least the transmission is shot -- every time I turned something was wrong with this vehicle. What a piece of junk, I will never buy anything again that says Ford or Mazda since my car has a Mazda transmission in it. Need to have over head light in the middle of the car you can't see in the back seat when it's dark.


Best Features

Ease of driving, cruise control, 4 doors.


Worst Features

First the engine check light , wheel, axles, bearing, alternator assembly, replace alternator, water heater, timing chain, bearings, u-joints and transmission. JUNK IT- This car STINKS, make back doors easier to get thing in and out, square them off not round.


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1996 Contour
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Andy Briggs
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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


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Bought from my father who owned it since new. This car has had multiple maintenance related problems. By 85,000 miles, replaced alternator (which is difficult to access for remove and replace and very expensive), heater blower motor, heater resistor pack, and both wheel hub bearings. I have a continuing problem, yet unsolved, of the radiator fan not turning on when the temperature gauge reads high unless the a/c is on. Check engine light comes on intermittently with an "EGR flow excessive" code read-out. This seems to be too many problems for a car that has had regular maintenance and mostly highway miles. For those reasons, I do not recommend buying, even though it drives well.


Best Features

Handling is great, especially in snow with the traction control.


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Great Car
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By robertn78
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1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan


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This car is very fun to drive. It handles great and has a lot of power with a small 2.5L V6. I have a SE model which in my opinion looks better and it handles better due to different sway bars and shock valving. No problems with this car, just regular maintenance.


Best Features

V6 power and body kit.


Worst Features

Interior leather and plasics.


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My Contour
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By dvargas
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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


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I've had no major problems with the engine or performance in the last 8 years. The only recurring problems were with the body parts such as plastic interior items breaking including gear shifter, mechanical window repairs on 4 occasions, etc. Overall I have been very happy with my purchase. A very economical vehicle.


Best Features

Cruise control


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Steer Clear
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By odie561
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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


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Steer clear of this Ford contraption. It was nothing but trouble since we bought it. We had to replace two alternators, a power steering pump, and would have had to replace a transmission if we had kept it about 5 minutes more.


Best Features

The V6 Duratec engine had a lot of power behind it.


Worst Features

Ford doesn't even make this car anymore. Enough said.


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