All in all, I've really enjoyed this car. I buy a car primarily for the engine, and the Duratec V6 has been outstanding. You can't kill it if you shoot it, and it gives good power and mileage (25 city/30 hwy). Some things are starting to break now (the ignition lock, for example, plus some oil leakage), but I've driven it long and hard. I'm really sorry that Ford quit selling these in the US (still available in Europe as the Mondeo, for all the good that does me); I would gladly buy another.
Engine power, fuel economy, front seat comfort, reliability.
Rear seat comfort, cupholders (can't tell you how many drinks I've spilled), bland styling.
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.
Very comfortable interior, great handling.
First - bring back this model! Also, the dash and cupholders could use improvement. Could stand some improvement in the headlight design.
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.
Powerful V6 engine, smooth ride.
Engine quality please! How come you never learn. Stick to Japanese cars like Honda.
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.
I really don't like anything about this car. The brakes are decent, and the seats are OK for short distance drives.
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).
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.
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.
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.