1995 Ford Contour LX 2.5L V6 from North America

Summary:

Great car with very man problems

Faults:

When first got the car it was wonderful! Had no problems at all. The first to mess up was the after market alarm. It would go off at any given time and no way to cut it off without disconnecting the battery. The next thing was unknown as of right now of what is the matter. The transmission starting jerking in and out of gear rapidly while driving, then that stopped and now it will not go into overdrive. With the jerking of the transmission and the engine it caused one of the power steering lines to bust. that cost over $200. The transmission if fine its all some sort of electrical issue. Check engine light on while driving, EGR valve sensor sup post to be bad. The wiring harness is terrible, cost for just the wires is in excess of $1200. Over all love the car, but it's a piece. The worst of all is the whole engine besides the wires has been redone.

General Comments:

Fast and handles great when running. One of the most comfortable riding cars besides our cadillac.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2006

13th May 2007, 01:59

Hi Everyone, I also have a 95 contour that started out jerking, now it jumps out of overdrive, specially when the car has been running about 30 minutes. Almost seems like it is overheating, an the fluid is breaking down. I believe if that's so, i am replacing the radiator, plus the temp sending unit in the transmission, an the motor itself, It seems OK in the winter. If anyone can help me, please let me no, by posting a review or a comment. I believe they are a good car, but they are kinda hi maintenance, I think that just makes it that much better, because you have to continually show it no matter what your going to fix it, once again. Thanks Everyone, Jerry.

1995 Ford Contour LX 2.5 from North America

Summary:

Crap!

Faults:

The car pulls hard to the right. The car jerks and accelerates on its' own. The car has a new radiator and still the lines are clogged, (which are new) and overheats after 3 miles... It has a new thermostat, radiator and lines. the cup holders are dead. The check engine light comes on all the time and or the fan light. the ac doesn't work. the passenger window doesn't power down or up sometimes. the car makes a weird fan noise and either won't start at all, but will start fine with remote starter. interior and exterior are fabulous, but any thing under the hood sucks and people hate dealing with my car because Ford deliberately made it convenent to work on... so now it sits in my dads driveway and sits and sits until whatever...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2006

1995 Ford Contour GL 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Love my contour!!!

Faults:

New brakes three times (about 50,000-70,000km apart each time)

3 batteries (each one lasts about 3 years...

New struts/shocks at 5 years (110,000km)

3 water-pumps (last 1 15,000km after 2nd waterpump)

1 dead alternator.

Replaced a bunch of dashboard lights (lasted 9 years without replacing any!!)

Timing belt twice.

Serpentine belt only 3 times!!!

That's it in 11 years and 230,000km.. mostly wear and tear items...

General Comments:

Great little car.. this car was designed to replace the tempo, and be a good simple car... quirky car, decent performance, and yes either you got a good contour, or a piece of junk... I lucked out and have a very good contour, 11 years and 230,000 km later it is running well.. Runs hot though, and 2 Ford dealers can't figure it out.. Been like that for 4 years.. and still runs and runs and runs... I'll run it till it breaks... =) then drop in a new engine/part that is broken and run her for another 50,000km...

Body/interior held up well, except for minor rust where I decided to be stupid and attack a snow bank with the car..

To much condensation in licence plate light bulb sockets.. burns out bulbs/wiring to much.. no big deal.

Ford as a company is brutal about recalls.. shock recall and wiring harness I paid out of my pocket since ford says it affected all 1995-1998 contours.. but mine wasn't on the list, so even though I had the broken shocks on the ground.. not covered.. Dealer said talk to ford head office, ford head office said talk to dealer...

Rear seat quirky, not easy for tall people to get in and out of, and yes the door hinges squeak a lot.. 11 years old =)

I do love my contour, 11 years old, 230,000km and still going, this is my daily car (wife drives the newer family car), parts have broken, but in 11 years all cars have parts break, but yes quirky car, and this contour has served me well and I do hope to get 2 more years and 50-70,000 more km out of it before I get a new vehicle!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

26th Feb 2007, 15:11

The problem with the running hot may be a recall, I'm not sure. I think it has something to do with the fan clutch bolts being too long therefore they are screwed on too tight, thus resulting in an extra strain on the fan motor.