This car is one of the few I've owned that I considered worth holding on to as a second car. By far the best value on the market for a V6 with manual, it gets > 30 mpg overall. It's still a pleasure to drive and has had no major problems - except, strangely enough, it needed a new fuel pump at 60K miles - same as reported by several other users. The after-market moonroof and optional CD/AM/FM system were worth getting.
Road handling & agility are exceptional for a car that cost only $14.5K when new. Comfortable ride, good fuel economy are also appreciated.
Insufficient rear seat legroom for tall persons. The new European Mondeo models are great - pity we can't get them here. Poor quality sound system - but hey, it's not a "luxury" car.
Well, I must say that I have enjoyed my
ownership if this car so far. I have
the V6 and it's perfomance is great.
Power when you need it w/ a nice
growl.The handling is awesome.It stays
glued to the road and is very
predictable.Being a car nut and I have
to say the Contour, especially in SE
Sport trim has beat all within $3-4k of
the price.I get great&unheard of fuel
economy w/ it. I average 30-32 hwy &
city combined.The worst thing that has
happened w/ this car is the fuel pump
went bad at 60k..They are WELL
underpriced compared to the Cavaliers &
Neons , Etc. out there.They don't have
half the performance and comfort the
2.5 V6, braking is great,auto shifts
smoothly and predictably,Handling is
many times better than comparably
priced cars out there,Styling, comfort,
& more space than the car shows.
Well.. unfortunalty... only Eurpe has
access to the Contour"Mondeo over
there".. so we can't do much
improvement now.. The Bosch +4 plugs
did wonders. FORD's SERVIVE depts. need
This is in my experience a pretty good
car. I have not heared any complaints.
If you live on dirt road, the struts
can be costly Apr. 1000 for all 4 with
alignment Im going in for the first
time in 5 years.
I've had my 99 SE Sport for 4 years
now and have enjoyed it the whole
time. I've had no major problems
(knock on wood) except for a slight
deformation in the dashboard, which I
realized too late was a recall item
that I never took advantage of. It's
a great drive.