My contour was purchased with 9,800 miles in 2003. It was used by an elderly couple until they both passed away. My mother drove it back and forth to work until turning it over to me when I got my driver's license. Today it has just under 80,000 and the car still looks like new. The car has never left me stranded although I have had a couple repairs. Intake manifold gaskets($330) at 34k miles, some pollution device($350 but car was running fine - 55k miles), and just recently replaced tie rod bushing, sway bar link, and control arm bushing. Steering is still tight and the V6 pulls just like it did when pruchased. Have replaced tires, front brake pads and rotors. Avg 25mpg
V6 Engine - Could stand it without. Steering is still tight after 12 years.
Auto Trans is sloppy, shifting between Reverse and Drive, etc. is clunky. Factory stereo is garbage. Interior noise on highway is on the loud side. Back seat space is poor. Might be able to ride if 5'8'' or shorter.