I love the design of the Contour. The
outside is nice to look at, and the interior
controls are very well placed, with
excellent ergonomics. HOWEVER....all
*kinds* of weird stuff breaks on this car
that shouldn't. Examples: Coil springs(!),
front wheel bearings(!), timing belt clatters
terribly, headlights-on warning chime,
heat only works in defrost position, rubber
weatherstrips fly off, transmission went
after 125k miles, AC doesn't hold charge
etc, etc... You can read all about these
flaws in the Ford "TSB - Technical
Service Bulletins". If you buy this car,
to buy the service manual and technical
service bulletins - you'll need them!
Great interior ergonomic design, nice
exterior styling, body and interior held up
extremely well in wintry climate of
upstate New York.
Transmission should not blow out at 125k
miles! Ford transmissions have a
reputation for doing this!
I love my 96 Ford Contour. This car
has been nothing but reliable. I have
over 108,000 and other than minor
repairs I have had to do nothing to
keep my car running smoothly. If it
were a little bigger I would keep it
Great color (blue/green), large trunk,
good gas mileage, great cup holders,
very comfortable on long trips, great
value for money
Bring contour back!! I wish there was a
little more room in back seat, I wish
the trunk lever would work from the
driver's side all of the time instead
of only occassionally, the wiring was a
little bit of an issue at 100,000 but
Bought it 4 years ago from owner..
Been a Ford expected a lot of issue.
So far only one minor issue. Front
power window actuator broke.
Wish I had the larger engine, but even
with the 2L (Shift stick) it is fun to
drive. For what I paid for it, It was
plesent surprise, especialy
performence and handling, but alos
I had nothing but problems with this
car after it hit 50,000 miles!! First
the drivetrain and then the radiator
and the water pump and then the wheel
cylinders whet bad! Don't buy a 96
contour unless you enjoy constant
aggervation and automotive problems!
The only good thing about this car is I
just got in a serious accident
yesterday and i am hoping the claims
adjustor totals it out!!!
RECALL THEM!! Ford already knows they
are horrible cars because they ceased
production of them!