1996 Ford Contour Consumer Review: Fun car as long as it's runnin
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1996 Ford Contour - Consumer Review

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Fun car as long as it's running
By Charles Derdiarian on

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1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan

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I have owned this car for two years now and have thoroughly enjoyed it's handling and power. The V6 provides strong accelaration despite its low horsepower rating. The build quality and car's reliability is terrible, though. I have gone through 3 water pumps in the last year ($250-400/pump). My first blown pump almost cost me my engine, as there is no temperature warning light and blown pumps often don't trip the coolant warning light. I have also had frozen valves ($400), gone through 3 catalytic converters (luckily covered by CA emissions), and a busted dimmer switch that shorted out my dash ($150). I will never buy another Ford.

Best Features

Strong engine, great handling, nice interior.

Worst Features

Tilt wheel (not an option) and the water pump issue should have prompted a factory recall.
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