1997 Ford Contour Consumer Review: A good "starter" car

1997 Ford Contour - Consumer Review

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

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A good "starter" car
By jenbeaner on


1997 Ford Contour GL 4dr Sedan


I agree with other reviewer - I would only recommend a Contour to a high schooler buying their 1st car. I bought this car 5 years ago, and it started out with minor problems - the cup holders breaking (was told they "overload" too easily). But the last 2-3 years, I've noticed every time it gets humid, rainy or even when I have my air on, my car wants to stall. I know someone else who has a Contour, & the same thing happens to hers. Now my temp gauge is not functioning, & not too long ago, my cruise control broke because of an electrical problem (too expensive to even bother). I also was surprised to find I couldn't get my car out of park one day also because of an electrical problem.

Best Features

Comfortable seats, awesome gas mileage, large trunk for groceries or whatnot, no real blind spots,

Worst Features

Cup holders - either stronger or different design all together. Make the car more reliable. My trunk also leaked; don't know if that was just my car or if all had that problem.
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