1996 Ford Contour Consumer Review: Good first car

1996 Ford Contour - Consumer Review

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GL Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Good first car
By jvhofw24 on


1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


Overall, the car drives well. It has the right amount of zip when you need it, and I found it to be pretty reliable. I owned the car for almost six years, and up until a couple months ago, I only had relatively minor problems with it. (i.e. brake rotors, 1 alternator, 1 battery, and a window motor) I put about 90,000 miles on it while I owned it, I drove it all around the country, and it got me everywhere I needed to be. At about 160,000 miles, the car sort of began to fall apart, but I guess that what happens when you drive a Ford. I still feel I got my money's worth.

Best Features

It drives smoothly, it's easy to drive, and it has good acoustics if you put a decent stereo in there.

Worst Features

Built with a lot of cheap parts. And lacks power in certain situations when you need it. It seems like buying one is sort of a gamble. It might work very well for many years, or it might not.
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