1998 Ford Contour Consumer Review: Fun car but not reliable

1998 Ford Contour - Consumer Review

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

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Fun car but not reliable
By Julie on


1998 Ford Contour 4dr Sedan


I bought my Contour in 2002 because it was a great deal. I enjoy the V6 engine and the low end torque, but that's where the fun stops. The car has had so many problems over the years - if it weren't for my handy father, I would have sold it years ago. The major problem that the car had was that the wiring harness got fried because it was placed too close to the engine without heat protection so the wires overheated and fried. Then, shortly after that, the power windows stopped working and dad jerry-rigged the wires and now they work sporadically. The car has also recently started to "eat" oil and I need to put almost one quart of oil in every two weeks.

Best Features

V6 performance, torque, color (red), front leg room, rear leg room, overall a good car that I'm sad to part with.

Worst Features

Reliability -- as a joint venture between VW and Ford, this was disastrous as they come -- the car basically broke down after 6 years and not even an experienced mechanic would even want to fix this car.
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