This car is an awesome car to drive, but is plagued with serious tranny problems between 70-80k, seriously considered dumping the vehicle. Rack and pinion is garbage, alternators, heat blower, various sensors, hard on tires and brake rotors. To top it all off, the value of the car is disappointing; it's a complete loss because the headaches and wallet aches are endless. Never again Ford!
Good handling and performance, good braking, comfortable car to drive.
Tranny, rack and pinion, typical problems listed above.
Specifically purchased a Contour with 60K to teach my 2 teenagers how to drive. I'm tall and needed something with 4 doors. Not as pricey as other used cars of similar size, with 4 doors. Not too fast, but handles great. Both teenagers have licenses and have moved on to other vehicles. Sort of expected that one of them would wreck the car, so I didn't expect to own it for long. Have had it almost 3 years, and am pretty pleased. Get close to 30mpg in regular driving. Had to pay a bit to get the timing belt, gear, etc. replaced at 90K, but have just had maintenance (battery, brake pads) since. Wore out a set of tires in 40K, but expected as much with 2 teenagers pushing the envelope.
Best handling car I've ever had. Bland styling makes it invisible on the highway. (Only time I was stopped, the officer thought it was an Escort, and let me go!)
Better cupholders. Lighter in bad spot for cell phone charger.
I'm a teenaged driver and i got the car from my father in 2003. Most teens want sports cars or street racers. But when i first saw the Contour i thought it was weak. Then i got into the Contour. This car is a Mustang in 4-door form. I love this car; it's got the performance yet it also has the utility. The car has only required routine maintainance. I know I'm a teen and I don't know cars too much . But I am a mechanic and my dad owns a dealership. If you keep the car in good shape this car will not disappoint
V6 engine, trunk space, sport look, 4 door comfort.