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1999 Ford Contour Sedan

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junk on wheels
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By giggles_16
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1999 Ford Contour Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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This has been the worst car I have ever seen. It has left me stranded about 3 times, and that is not good because I'm just a high school student. An important note - NEVER consider this kind of car for a beginning driver. It is way too undependable. We have had to replace the engine transmission, brakes, just about everything and there is still something wrong. The inside is falling apart, the windows are starting to go off-track, and one of the doors will not open anymore. It was a big mistake for me to choose to by this car. It might have been kinda cute but looks are definitely NOT everything.


Best Features

It's sorta sporty looking. It is small enough for one or two people but definitely not a family car.


Worst Features

Everything - just take the whole car to the junk yard and never bring the Contour back again.


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solid and dependable
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By fawn
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1999 Ford Contour Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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I bought this new and am going on mile 116,000 now. Ford was bad about responding to complaints with the dash warping, which makes me not want to buy another Ford. But this car has been very dependable. I do regular maintenance, and it still runs like a charm!


Best Features

Location of dash items, which is good for short people.


Worst Features

Ford needs better customer service and better mileage.


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Not the best but manageable.
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By Jaime
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1999 Ford Contour Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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Average car. Good condition when I got it. Some minor problems needed to be fixed. But all repairs were affordable. The paint scratches very easily. Minor problems on engine. Interior is a little challenging when things start to pop up (dash panel pad). It's a nice car in some ways. Meaning average. Saves gas a lot more than older cars I've driven. Just don't speed. So far reliable performance.


Best Features

Fog lights, cruise control, gas intake, brakes.


Worst Features

Stronger exterior paint that doesn't scratch easily. Even better gas mileage than now. Body design needs work. More comfort space. More safety features. Could of done better with the first Contour car then there would still be Contours. But it's best that they just stopped making them.


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I love this car
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By Lindsey
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1999 Ford Contour Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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When I bought it there were only 33,000 miles on it and it was in perfect condition. It now has over 50,000 miles on it and still runs like new. It has been in a few minor "incidents," but has come out virtually unscathed (after being involved in 2 accidents, total repair costs amounted to only $200 ... COMBINED). It's a tough little car and has great pick-up and power for it's size. The gas mileage is pretty good as well (about 17 - 20 mpg depending on how hard it is driven); the only bad part is that the tank is small (13 gallons I believe) so it needs to be filled up a bit more often than other cars. But it handles well in the snow (front wheel drive) and I wouldn't want to drive anything else.


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Disastrous quality. Car's value now = $0
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By Cristian
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1999 Ford Contour Sedan SE 4dr Sedan


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Don't ever buy Ford! This Contour, at 6 years and 100,000 miles, was a nightmare since I bought it in '02 at 46K miles. The car's trade-in value is about $1500; that's a 6-year-old car that was $21,000 new! The BIG problem is that to get even that low trade value I have to make repairs of about $1500 (the catalytic converter, about $1200, and the oxygen sensor). Basically, that brings the value of the car as it is to $ZERO. I called Ford, they won't pay for the converter (warranty expired at 80K). The V6 engine is crammed and labor around it is VERY expensive (the alternator at 70K miles and again at 80K, A/C line at 60K, A/C clutch at 85K about $850).


Best Features

V6 engine + 5-speed manual transmission, hard to beat combination. Great ergonomics, good space, at least in front. The Sport SE package is a delight to drive. Great exterior looks, especially with the alloy wheels.


Worst Features

Very poor RELIABILITY! Had many problems, all around the engine bay, very pricey labor for the 6 cylinder engine models.


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