1998 Ford Contour Consumer Review: Reliable and Fun to Drive

1998 Ford Contour - Consumer Review

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99 Total Reviews

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

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Reliable and Fun to Drive
By Wumbly on


1998 Ford Contour 4dr Sedan


I have driven my Contour SE practically every day since I bought it new in 1998. It has the 2.5 L Duratec engine and a five speed manual transmission. This car drives and handles like a quality German machine. The manual transmission also has that German response and feel. I've put 225K miles on the car and it's still going strong. The AC quit a couple of years ago, but I'm too cheap to replace it. Other than that, maintenance has been limited to fluid changes, tires, brakes, shocks, and the front ball joints. Believe it or not, I'm still on the original clutch with no signs of slippage.

Best Features

- Handling (especially cornering) - Five speed manual transmission - Low road noise - Seat comfort

Worst Features

This model is no longer made. The cup holders are pretty useless, though.
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