1995 Ford Contour GL 4 cylinder. from North America
Only half of the dash board lights work.
The car died on me at 20 below weather because anti-freeze leaked into the cylinders of the engine and consequently, the engine needed to be rebuilt (over $1000).
The rear cylinder brakes blew out - literally blew - while driving 55mph. All I hear was a loud noise, no light came on to warn me. I learned it was the brakes when I tried to slow down - very scary!!!
Then the timing belt broke. When it was taken apart, the whole area surrounding it was destroyed and there were no ball bearings. (over $700).
Now the transmission shifts hard and into other gears while driving at a steady speed. It goes into Neutral and down shifts.
It idles really low. We got it "fixed" numerous times, but it still feels like it's going to die while sitting at an intersection.
The engine knocks really loudly, but never leaked oil.
This car is a piece of junk, as I feel about the whole Ford brand. It's been one problem after the other and the mechanics are stumped as to what's wrong with the transmission.
I figure that I'll try to sell it for scraps or something, as the body is in good condition.
There are obviously a lot of problems with this model (perhaps because it was the first year that Ford made them - 1995).
Never ever buy one of these!!! I totally regret it. I'm afraid to drive it because I don't want to be left stranded somewhere!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th July, 2003
I also forgot to mention that the cup holders shattered (cheap plastic) as well as the gear shift cover - all shattered.
I have had a used a 1995 ford contour that came with 98,000 miles on it. It's now at 134,000 and I've had no trouble since purchase. The timing belt had to be changed at about 110,000 miles, but that's normal. So far it runs fine.
My '95 Contour has been great. It does well on gas. I had the recall issues done--all covered free. The main belt on ours went out around 80,000 miles and yes it ate everything in there--actually, the gears broke up and ate the belt.
I bought a 95 ford contour. I wish I never had. I regret not taking the time to look for something else. I have had problems after problems with this car. When the car is sitting at a light or something, it wants to stall and I have absolutely no idea why. The other day I was driving down the road and I had to push the gas down to the floor to get it to go even 15 mph. Then it started to smoke and wouldn't let me hit the brakes or steer. So now it's sitting in my driveway. Not one person can tell me what is wrong with it. So I don't know where to go from here. That's how I found this web site.