1996 Ford Contour GL 2.0L Zetec DOHC 16v from North America
Good handling car that's cheap to run, and a great gas sipping commuter car
Tape player broke.
Rear passenger door stuck, can't open from inside or out.
Replaced headlights because of oxidation.
I love this little car. It's my first car bought with my own money, and a commuter car to college.
Besides listed above and oil changes, this car hasn't needed anything. It goes surprisingly fast on level roads, but on hills it tends to struggle.
The steering and handling system I read was designed for European cars, and you can tell, as it handles like it's on rails, it has saved me from other idiot drivers.
The seats are a little hard, and they took tilt wheels off for the 1996 year (don't know why). Other than that, it's been a great car. Cost me $20 a week for gas, and I commute 66-80 miles a week.
Love this little Contour, and you can't go wrong with a Ford. I looked into getting a large truck for my hunting and fishing trips, but I still keep looking at this car, and how little it has cost me.
For having owned it for only 5 months, and paid $1300, I can't complain. I know other people have had problems with Contours, but like others have stated, some are good, some are bad. I was lucky to find one that's GREAT!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd November, 2008
30th Sep 2009, 08:00
This is the original writer of this review. This car after a year of owning turned into nothing but problems. Acceleration died down, tranny made some terrible noises, and 4 sensors went bad on the car. Also, the drivers window got stuck and ended up breaking when I shut the car door. I sold it cheap this past June.
30th Sep 2009, 18:37
So what was that you were saying about not being able to go wrong with a Ford?
2nd Oct 2009, 11:08
"30th Sep 2009, 18:37
So what was that you were saying about not being able to go wrong with a Ford?"
When you buy ANY 12-year-old car with 117,900 miles on it, you don't know what you're going to get. But you certainly can't expect perfection. The car needed some maintenance, which the owner wasn't willing to have done.