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1996 Ford Contour

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Many miles, still running
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By MNDriver
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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!


Favorite Features

Engine reliabilty, gas mileage, and handling.


Suggested Improvements

Better location for oil filter. Fold- down rear seats (not sure if that was an option).


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Excellent Engine -- Poor Suspension
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By Sweep1120
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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.


Favorite Features

Cruises well at 80 mph on the highway with no work at all. Great for long trips.


Suggested Improvements

Improve gas tank mounting. Correct interior electrical problems. Improve suspension.


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What a great car... even after seven yrs
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By Jackcarteryahoo
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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.


Favorite Features

175hp V6, Power leather seats, and a package that includes everything I could ever imagine. I love the moonroof.


Suggested Improvements

Don't discontinue it.


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ford contour
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By mia thyberg
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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)


Favorite Features

Nice looking vehicle, roomey.


Suggested Improvements

Customer service for repair. Some kind of 1,000 point check before your product leaves lot(i.e. make sure engine runs properly-drive it)


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Good Old Car
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By J.Low
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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


Favorite Features

For this price range is handsdown bang for the bucks,nicely comfy leather bucket seats,lit vanity mirrors,4 discs,wide v6 powerband,laudable premium sound system,remote keyless entry,moonroof,power driver seat


Suggested Improvements

this set of shocks and springs belong to bike!!,shake me like hell on uneven pavement,could reduce torque steer and number of plastic bits on dashboard,that's all my complaints!!


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