I love the design of the Contour. The
outside is nice to look at, and the interior
controls are very well placed, with
excellent ergonomics. HOWEVER....all
*kinds* of weird stuff breaks on this car
that shouldn't. Examples: Coil springs(!),
front wheel bearings(!), timing belt clatters
terribly, headlights-on warning chime,
heat only works in defrost position, rubber
weatherstrips fly off, transmission went
after 125k miles, AC doesn't hold charge
etc, etc... You can read all about these
flaws in the Ford "TSB - Technical
Service Bulletins". If you buy this car,
to buy the service manual and technical
service bulletins - you'll need them!
Great interior ergonomic design, nice
exterior styling, body and interior held up
extremely well in wintry climate of
upstate New York.
Transmission should not blow out at 125k
miles! Ford transmissions have a
reputation for doing this!