Ok - I bought this car 2/00, so I've had it a while. I drive hard, and went 115k before replacing the clutch. Other than a warped dash (fixed under warranty) and a foghorn sound (web showed me how to fix), I have had no real issues with this car. It's still a very solid and reliable performer, and very fun to drive. Yeah, I get made fun of a lot for driving a Contour, but every time I throw it into a turn or hear the exhaust note when I gun it, I still grin (although don't get into the SVT after test driving the new M3 and expect to still feel impressed). Still a great buy if you ask me -- especially considering that you don't see yourself coming and going everyday.
This is truely a great "drivers" car,
handles so well stock, and it just has
that certain look. It is a true
sleeper too, hardly anyone knows what
the SVT Contour is, so it makes it
that much more special.
This car is fun to drive. I have autocrossed and taken it to a road course. The steering is awesome, the torque build up is linear, same with the brakes, they don't surprise you by doing something you did not expect or ask them to do, and they respond to your input quickly. The exhaust note sounds great, even better when combined with a Cold Air intake. The car does have issues though. I have had to replace the moonroof motor 3 times, fuel pump, front supension components, fog lights burn out all the time, lack of replacement OEM size tires (need to upgrade to 17" rims/tires if you want a good selection), and others issues I have forgotten about.
I bought my 00 svt after owning a 96
tour seV6. Only problem with 96, wheel
bearings, thats why I bought a 00
SVtour. It has been a great
experience. The paint(silver) quality
is far better than expected, no chips
on front end. Otherwise, I always use
synthetic oil, doesn't burn
any.Goodrich KDW tires go quick at 23k,
I like the twisties. I will have
this car a long time. The exhaust is
exotic. The wheels are bend proof.
Emergency brake needs lubrication
yearly. Not much for aftermarket
stuff. Zero faults. Keep intake
clean, change coolant,tranny fluid,
brake fluid, p/s fluid, filters
available at Walmart and you will
have zero problems with this car.