Fun car as long as it's running
By Charles Derdiarian on
Vehicle1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan
ReviewI 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
Best FeaturesStrong engine, great handling, nice interior.
Worst FeaturesTilt wheel (not an option) and the water pump issue should have prompted a factory recall.
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