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.
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