Reliable, Economical & Good Handler
By Bob on
1997 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan
A very decent car. Nothing to get excited over, but great transportation. Handles very well, and with the right tires excellent in the snow. Got it with 33K on it and 100K warranty. Only the cigarette lighter and cup holders went out under warranty. 100k tune up, but needed new plugs at 85k. 4 cyl is simple to tune up. Smooth transmission. At about 110K needed new brakes (3rd set), waterpump and TIMING BELT. Still gets ok mileage at 114K, 23 city, 29 hwy. Used to get better, but its aging. You do have to maintain these! Do yourself a favor--get the tranny fluid changed (ideally flushed). I've done that twice--happy transmission. Solid car!
Handles well, especially in the snow. Reliable/dependable--just do the maintenance.
OK, of course the cupholders are crap, but that is minor. Wish there was a touch more room in the engine compartment. FORD--don't EVER hide that PCV valve so deep in the engine--shame on you! I'm going to start driving my 2003 Ford Focus soon--that is similar.