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1996 Ford Contour

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Weird Stuff Breaks on this Car
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By scwallac
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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


Review

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,
make sure
to buy the service manual and technical
service bulletins - you'll need them!


Best Features

Great interior ergonomic design, nice exterior styling, body and interior held up extremely well in wintry climate of upstate New York.


Worst Features

Transmission should not blow out at 125k miles! Ford transmissions have a reputation for doing this!


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GREAT Car
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By EXCLNT CAR
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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


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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
forever.


Best Features

Great color (blue/green), large trunk, good gas mileage, great cup holders, very comfortable on long trips, great value for money


Worst Features

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 nothing major


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Excellent value
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
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By NMRN
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1996 Ford Contour LX 4dr Sedan


Review

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
reliability.


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Please with Contour
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By Solomons-Isle
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1996 Ford Contour SE 4dr Sedan


Review

Very pleased with car. Bought it nes
off the lot. Car has been very
realiable and is fun to drive.


Best Features

Seats are very comfortable. Good power to weight ratio.


Worst Features

Cant always see speedometer. Speed transducer in transmission is plastic and needs replacement every 50,000 miles


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DON'T BUY A 96 CONTOUR!!
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By HateMyCar96
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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


Review

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!


Best Features

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!!!


Worst Features

RECALL THEM!! Ford already knows they are horrible cars because they ceased production of them!


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