1995 Ford Contour LX 2.5 liter

Summary:

One of the good apples in a barrel of bad ones

Faults:

When I got the car, the clock light was out and the owner said he didn't know why. I've never checked, but it's probably the fuse.

The first thing that went wrong with the car three years after I bought it was the speed sensor.

2009 - front brake pads.

2010 - valve cover gasket, a new starter.

2011 - rotors and brake pads all the way around and rear struts. Currently needs front struts.

2013 - had all the radiator hoses replaced when one broke.

The wiring harness is not in horrible shape, but some of the wiring housing broke off when the mechanic was replacing the hoses, so he covered many of them, but there are still some that are partly exposed.

Two month ago I had to replace the brake line. It rotted away.

A month ago I had the water pump replaced; a bad seal, so I just replaced the whole thing.

Now I have a crankshaft seal that needs to be replaced, and I have a power steering fluid leak, but I don't know where it is leaking from yet.

Needs front brake pads and front rotors resurfaced.

Oh, and it no longer goes into OD, but having that checked and fixed in a few weeks.

The truck gets water in it somehow when it rains, although all the seals are secure, and I've replaced the turn signal lights more times than I can count from rusting out.

I have a slight transmission leak, which my mechanic says is the seal that needs to be replaced.

Like everyone else, the cup holders were crap and just broke apart.

General Comments:

The things that are going wrong with the car now are typical of a car its age, with the seals wearing and such.

I do like the car; it drives really well. I've been to NC from CT twice in it with no problems except the OD not working on the last trip. I get good gas mileage highway, but city is terrible.

I don't have the issues others have had with their Contours, and I am over 180k. I keep the oil changed regularly, fluids checked. No transmission troubles except a hiccup every so often, but nothing major.

I however would not buy another car from Ford. Even though I lucked out on my Contour, I bought this car because I needed an immediate replacement after giving my son my Cavalier, and the owner had babied it. I had it thoroughly checked by my mechanic before I purchased it, and he said someone took really good care of it, and there was nothing wrong with it. I am not a Ford fan at all. So there ya go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2014

1995 Ford Contour

Summary:

Great car, very dependable, good gas mileage

Faults:

When I bought the car, almost nothing worked. The windows wouldn't go up or down, the front doors wouldn't open from the outside, dome light was missing, radio, A/C, electric mirrors, cooling fan, windshield washer sprayer, and more that I can't remember off the top of my head. The car ran pretty good though.

I went to Pick-a-Part lots of times, and was able to replace or repair everything wrong or missing for next to nothing.

General Comments:

I bought this car because it was cheap and would be better on gas than my V-8 Dodge Truck. It wound up using almost exactly half the gas for the same miles, and in no time the savings paid for the car completely.

After fixing the problems it had when I bought it, it's been a fantastic car. Runs great with no problems, and has saved me so many miles on my truck.

This car handles great, and has lots of good features like electric door locks, electric windows, leather seats, the rear seats fold down for more trunk space, A/C, electric mirrors, and lots more.

I do love this car, and I'm glad I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2013