Good handling but under-powered sedan
By grtgrfx on
Vehicle1998 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan
ReviewBought used as an end-of-lease car from dealer, and it had high mileage. This car was the GL but with the Sport package (tach, leather wheel, 15" aluminum wheels, sunroof, fog lights, better suspension, etc.). I put 17" wheels and performance tires on, and handling increased dramatically. It's always been comfortable inside but lacks the power that the V6 engine provides. If I did it again, I'd go for the SE or SVT models. The sunroof had a $10 plastic gear break, resulting in a $2,500 repair bill (warrantee, thank God). Warning lights do come on intermittently and they're hard to diagnose (check engine and air bag on mine).
Best FeaturesTypical Ford strengths: good engine, brakes, manual transmission. Very good handling on the road, especially if you dump the stock tires and add on more aggresive wheels. Big trunk. Nice heavy- feeling steering wheel with cruise controls. Good- sounding factory stereo.
Worst FeaturesTypical Ford design and electrical problems. Cup holders were designed by an idiot. Cigarette outlet inconveniently placed for use as charger. Glove box unlit. Noisy interior, esp. wind at speed. Keyless entry sometimes fails to work, locking you out or preventing engine start-up.
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