A great first car!
The transmission went out at around 150,000. Couple of engine belts went out around 155,000. Replaced several sensors. Broke down on me a couple of weeks ago. Took it to the shop and they cannot figure out what is wrong with the car.
This was my first car and I really enjoyed it. Despite the repairs, which I think are expected on a car with 150,000+ miles on it, the car ran very well. The handling was great, the car had get up and go, and for a sedan was very sporty. I got the car when I was 16 in 1997 with 90,000 miles on it and it ran near perfect until around the 150,000 mark. It lasted until I graduated college.
However, after this last break down I opted not to repair the car (especially since no one could figure out what was wrong) and decided to buy a newer used car. My Contour has now gone on to a better place (the junk yard) after giving me seven years of quality driving.
I would recommend the Contour as a great first car for primarily city driving. Gets excellent gas mileage and has nice interior.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th July, 2004