1996 Ford Contour Consumer Review: Weird Stuff Breaks on this Car
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1996 Ford Contour - Consumer Review

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Weird Stuff Breaks on this Car
By scwallac on

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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan

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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, make sure to buy the service manual and technical service bulletins - you'll need them!

Best Features

Great interior ergonomic design, nice exterior styling, body and interior held up extremely well in wintry climate of upstate New York.

Worst Features

Transmission should not blow out at 125k miles! Ford transmissions have a reputation for doing this!
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