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1999 Ford Contour

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By woods
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1999 Ford Contour LX 4dr Sedan


Review

I can't say enough good things about this car - I love it, even at 140,000 miles! We did have the dashboard problem that was fixed via recall, but this car just keeps going and going like the Energizer bunny. The 5-speed manual transmission is very smooth when shifting. The car corners very well, handles very well in snow, and gets great gas mileage (around 34 mpg). I'm extremely disappointed that Ford no longer makes this model, or anything comparable in a 5 speed manual transmission.


Favorite Features

Very comfortable interior, great handling.


Suggested Improvements

First - bring back this model! Also, the dash and cupholders could use improvement. Could stand some improvement in the headlight design.


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For your Own Sake, Don't do it.
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By kobken
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1999 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan


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The V6 engine is good, very powerful. But, for your own sake, please do not purchase this vehicle. We had to replace alternator, check engine shows up all the time, you won't feel safe driving it because there is always a possibility at the back of your head that says, it might break down. The chances are always big for Ford sedans.


Favorite Features

Powerful V6 engine, smooth ride.


Suggested Improvements

Engine quality please! How come you never learn. Stick to Japanese cars like Honda.


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please someone take this car from me!
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By Chris Hughes
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1999 Ford Contour LX 4dr Sedan


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This is a very poor choice for a car. It is not fun to drive in the least, the automatic tranny is very unresponsive and unprecise, and the engine has a terrible drone to it. I average anywhere between 18 and 30 mpg. This car only has 38xxx miles on it, never abused, and always properly maintained at the Ford dealership. The interior is actually falling apart, numerous plastic pieces have fallen off including the entire dashboard peeling up.


Favorite Features

I really don't like anything about this car. The brakes are decent, and the seats are OK for short distance drives.


Suggested Improvements

This car needs a 10-fold improvement in interior quality. A decent automatic transmission would also do wonders for the driveability (i.e. something similar to an import AT).


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Go Getter
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By CISinger88
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1999 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought my Contour V6 with 56,000 miles. I bought the car for it's strong engine, good looks, and tight sport suspension. Good interior room overall, and trunk is spacious. I love the way the car handles - especially with a little upgraded rubber. Disc brakes all way around with ABS and traction do a great job keeping the car going the direction you want it, and handles very well in the snow. Wish I would have gotten a sunroof and the 5 speed manual transmission for resale. At 60,000, the trunk sprang a leak, had to have the seals replaced and some brake light wiring that was damaged because of it. Other than that, this car has been a pleasure to drive.


Favorite Features

Keyless entry, though I wish the lights would flash when unlocking/locking. Power drivers seat, HVAC controls are simple and easy to use. Stereo KICKS!! I love the fog lights and wrap-around appearance of the headlights. Engine is strong and really pulls about 3000 rpm for perfect passes.


Suggested Improvements

Some cheap interior pieces - lots of gray plastic. The factory CD player skips easily and won't read burned CD's. Placement/shape of cupholders and in general the center console. No light in engine bay. No light on driver's vanity mirror. No headrests in backseat or a trunk pass-through.


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Ford Contour 1999
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By JoeT56
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1999 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan


Review

This has been a fairly good car. No engine or major problems at all. I think that the gas mileage could be alot better for a four cylinder. The only horrible problem I've had is a bad dasboard. I had my dash replaced by the dealer because it warped in the sun peeling back from the defrost vents. The new one did the same thing. The dealer will replace it for about $1200.00 dollars! They're stupid. They replaced my defective one with another defective one. Other than that, it's been a fairly decent car. Personally, I would not buy another contour, or another Ford. I didn't like the way they handled my dash problem. Very cold, not willing to help solve the problem.


Suggested Improvements

Definately improve on the front dash. It cannot stand up to the heat. Put a lumbar feature on the driver's seat to reduce the strain on the back and a slight lift on the seat so the legs just don't hang and tire easily.


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