Good handling but under-powered sedan
By grtgrfx on
1998 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan
Bought 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
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).
Typical 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.
Typical 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.