1995 Ford Contour GL 2.0 litre 4 cylinder from North America


Take care of it and you'll get 200,000mi


Car developed a slow idle around 150,000 miles and nothing has fixed it. No major problems. Vehicle has now begun to leak coolant with no idea where it's coming from. Engine compartment is impossible to work on without taking half of it apart. Wiring in engine compartment has a tendency to crack and become exposed which lead to a ground out of my battery almost burning the car down. Minor interior problems, gear shift plastic froze and broke, a few dash lights went out, but were replaced. All around great little car for getting around!

General Comments:

Has been very dependable and reliable. Starts up every time. Does have some light knocking when started, but wears off after engine warms up. If taken care of and pampered, vehicle will run a long time. I've been extremely happy with it considering the 167,000 miles that have been put on it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2005

1995 Ford Contour LX 2.0 Gasoline from North America


Great car

General Comments:

This is a reliable car as far as I am concerned.

I have had the normal wear and tear of a 10 year old car, but no major problems.

I maintained the car according to the specs in my owners manual and to date, I am totally satisfied with the model car.

It's a good reliable car and it doesn't look bad either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2004

1995 Ford Contour SE 2.5 V6 DOHC from North America


An electrical mishap waiting to happen


Under the hood wiring harness insulation has cracked to the point of showing bare wires. This has caused the electrical system to completely malfunction and now the car won't even run at all. There was a recall issued and an extended warranty to fix the "known problem" But neither I nor the owner before me were ever notified of such a recall. And now that the vehicle is over 100k, the dealership refuses to fix under the recall. Estimated cost of repairs from dealer? In excess of $1900.00. This car isn't even 10 years old. I looked under the hood of my 71 Chevy rust-bucket and the wiring is as good as new. Driver Returns On Foot.

General Comments:

This car has the most comfortable seats in it of any car I have ever owned.

When the car was running it ran like a champ.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th September, 2004

1995 Ford Contour GL 2.0 from North America


This is a good Point A to Point B car


Nothing Major.

The lever that opens the gas tank cover, cable broke, $35 fix if I ever feel the need. (can be opened through the trunk)

The lever that opens the hood also broke, the cable disconnected, easy fix by a mechanic, or anyone who can open a compartment and put the cable back on the pulley.

The cases for the back seat, seat belts come apart all the time, it's just a visual pain, they go back together easily.

A/C blows hot air.

General Comments:

The clutch handles weird, even to highly experienced manual drivers, this could be an individual car issue. It is more sensitive than it's sister cars (escorts) the clutch has to be to the floor in order for the car to start, that is something normally seen only in import cars. Also sometimes it will feel like it is in gear, then it will grind and pop out of gear, very frustrating.

The device to recline the seat is a dial, that is hard to turn and only moves slightly with each turn, it takes over a minute to move the seat from up right to fully reclined.

The headlights are very dim, at night in rural areas, driving with the brights on is not only a necessity, but oncoming traffic can't tell the difference.

The gear pattern is very close to the dash of the car, and even at my height (5ft 3in) which isn't very tall, sitting far enough away from the wheel and pedals to be comfortable, it is a stretch forward to be able to reach the stick shift, it's uncomfortable, I really feel for those who are tall and need to be back further.

In winter, idling the car will not effect the heat/defrost temp. The car has to start moving before the heater/defrost will start to get warm.

The nice part about driving a contour is that it is a "parent" car and cops typically leave you alone, leaving you to be a less than perfect driver and not get pulled over. The insurance on it is also very resonable, most people my age (21) are paying at least $175-$200 a month for full coverage, the cost for mine is the equivalent of $80 a month for the same amount, if not more coverage.

The car handles well, I bought it because it does so, the little things that a wrong with it are probably just things you notice when you are stuck in traffic in the city with the 2nd worst traffic in the u.s.

My sister was on a auto parts site (napa or the like) profiling her 1993 probe, and was going to profile my car while she was at it, and the site wouldn't let her enter the contour into the system, it had a response something like "we are sorry, we cannot profile your 1995 contour GL 5 speed, due to the lack of repairs needed to maintain the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2004

8th Sep 2005, 21:18

I JUSTbought this 1995Ford Contor it has a bad smell what is the problem.

20th Jul 2007, 15:01

Its only a good point A to point B car if point A is where you break down and point B is the mechanic or junkyard!

14th Jun 2009, 00:32

I bought this car and have never owned a Ford in my life.

It handles and feels like a Hyundai for a fraction of the cost, but it only had one owner and they took care of it real well.

You can trash any car, but the Contour GL just seems really good for getting around corners tightly and well, and has good pick up if it's in good condition.

Mine is a 4 speed automatic and I love it. Yes you can hear the engine, but if it runs good, it purrs.