1995 Ford Contour 1.8L from North America
LEMON. Don't buy it - turn and run!
2nd and 3rd started grinding while shifting 2 weeks after I bought it. Would cost $1600 to fix - still grinding. Timing chain and bearings had to be replaced 3 months later - cost over $600. This week (3 months since last repair) engine started leaking oil real bad.
Engine loses antifreeze/water. I have to add both every two weeks. No water in oil or out the exhaust - it just disappears.
Electric door locks and windows are all jacked up. Work when they want to. Blows cruise control fuses for no reason about every couple of months.
The only lemon Ford I've ever bought. Various other little issues on a weekly basis.
Quite possibly the worst car I've ever owned. It does get great gas mileage though (33-35 on highway).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th July, 2009
17th Jul 2009, 06:24
That's right, that's right - go ahead and call this car a "lemon". After all it ONLY had 118,000 miles on it when you bought it, and it was manufactured during the Clinton administration (fourteen years ago).
Why-oh-why didn't it come with a lifetime warranty?
17th Jul 2009, 14:03
I think you are not quite sure what kind of car you have. It has either a 2L 4 cylinder engine, code 3 (8th position of the VIN) with a timing BELT or it has a 2.5L V6 engine, code L, with a timing CHAIN.
I am not aware of any Ford US car with a 1.8L engine of 1995 vintage.
24th May 2012, 20:11
How could you have replaced the timing chain? The vehicle's engine has a timing BELT!