1995 Ford Contour LX 2.5 from North America




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


Love my contour!!!


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.

1995 Ford Contour GL 4 cylinder from North America


Great car, they should have kept making them


I don't have a bad thing to say about this car. The only thing that bothered me was that it did not have electric windows.

General Comments:

I had never heard of this car before I bought it used. I came to love the car. It handled amazingly well. I routinely blew off far more expensive and "sporty" cars on tight curves. It was quick off the line and very maneuverable. It was comfortable, great visibility, the trunk and glove box are enormous. Great little nooks and crannies to store stuff while driving. I think maybe with Ford, you either get a lemon or a winner. This car was a winner.

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

Review Date: 13th April, 2006