1995 Ford Contour GL from North America
GOD has turned his back on this poor car
Check Engine Light is possessed. Intermittently shuts off and on. The car knows when its gonna get hooked up to diagnostics, so when the mechanic goes to plug in the computer, the check engine light shuts off just before he plugs in. I still have no diagnosis, and I'm embarrassed that this has happened 6 times!
I can't use the cup holders cause they split, and even if I could use them, I can't get them out of the center console cause they are jammed.
The timing belt cover design is flawed. I park far away to save myself the embarrassment of first turning on the car. The first 5 minutes of warmup it sounds like I'm popping a 55 gallon drum of popcorn. (the belt hitting the inside of cover)
The airbag light keeps blinking the code (passenger relay malfunction) can't be reset. This is OK I guess knowing my passenger one day will get rocked in the face by a random airbag deployment.
Stalls when I make turns less than 3-4 mph.
Hesitates and bucks, even after major problems with O2, MAF, ans tuneup was replaced or done.
This is the worst engineering I've ever seen or experienced on a car. Leave it to FORD to sneeze something out of their ass and call it a car. Just take a look at the engine compartment. There is so much extra junk I could probably get more than bookvalue for the car if I returned the extra plastic air housings for a 5 cent refund.
The only plus I have to say is that it has some pep (4cyl), and that I get 330miles to the tank full.
If your under the influence and decide to buy this vehicle remember this...
1) even though it is not Christmas time, get used to all the different color blinking lights. (warning lights)
2) No matter how hard you try, you cannot fix this car. Even if you think you found the problem a few times.
3) Passenger will dislike you after their airbag deploys for no reason.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th March, 2006
11th Mar 2006, 20:13
I completely agree, this cars (along with FORD themselves) are absolute crap. I used to own one of these cars and I can safely say that was the worst investment I could have possibly make. Thanks to the FORD Motor company I have turned my back on American Cars. If an American company ever makes a good car, Ford has ruined it for them.