1995 Ford Contour GL 2.0 Zetec from North America
Fun to drive and awesome to modify, you'll like it
The only thing I've had a problem with was the fuse box and blower fan which had recalls and were replaced by the Ford dealer where I bought the car. Other than that I've had no problems with it.
There is on other thing, they could have made it easier to change the PCV valve.
I've done some modifications to the car, like got the resonater removed, had the muffler taken off and had a hooker exhaust tip put on it.
I also removed the air box and replaced it with a ram air system of my own concoction.
The take off when I first got it was decent but now it hauls some balls.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th March, 2001
I don't know where you got your contour from, but ours has fallen apart since it has hit 100,000 miles. The lower control arm bushings are shot, and you have to replace the whole arm not just the bushings. I have not been able to locate a PCV valve. We have not been able to locate one through a parts store either. There is a awful noise that comes from the rear when you turn a corner. The mass air flow sensor has already been replaced once and needs to be replaced again. The motor mounts have been out for the last 40,000 miles. The blower only wants to work once you get the r.p.m.s up, and the car also will not idle when you have the defrost on. Here lately the manual transmission has decided to jump out of gear while driving down the road. The carpet has started to fall out of the trim I have set it back where it's suppose to be, but the carpet pulls back out. There is many more small things to complain about, but I don't have all day.
Ford quality control went sharply downward from about the '99 model year onward.
If they tell you that you need a new MAF sensor, often you can restore the old one by simply cleaning the little sensor wire. Get a can of brake cleaner (non-chlorinated) and soak the little wire with it. Be careful, the wire is fragile, so don't swab it with a Q-tip or spray it at point-blank range with an aerosol. This applies at least to all Fords and probably to other vehicles too -- they love to sell you MAF sensors.
Well, I am not the only one who bought a piece of garbage. Like yourself, mine has been falling apart as well. Much sooner than yours unfortunately. I have spent enough on this one to buy another car.