1996 Ford Contour Consumer Review: Satisfied longtime owner

1996 Ford Contour Sedan - Consumer Review

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1996 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


If you're reading this, you're probably wondering about a '96 Contour as a used car prospect. There were some early recalls and warranty problems, but I've done decent maintenance and ended up with a reliable, fun-to-drive, economical car. The timing belt broke at 90K (no harm done; I should have replaced it sooner), but routine maintenance has been fine, brakes long-lasting, transmission no trouble. I'll be selling it reluctantly, 'cause I think it has many more miles on it!

Best Features

Great handling, reliability, comfortable for long hauls, even the 4-cyl--which loves to rev---has been a fine freeway cruiser.

Worst Features

Car is out of production, so this doesn't really matter. Evidently Ford could hardly manufacture this for less than the Taurus, but could never ask nearly as much for it. Too bad--though I'm happy to know the Mondeo platform survives, and has been updated, in Europe. Will Ford ever import these?
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