1996 Ford Contour GL 2.0 Zetec from North America
Probably the best car I've owned besides my previous foxbody Mustang
Alternator @ 130k/ can't complain still got me home when it was totally dead. Intake temp sensor went, but was cheap/easy to replace. Struts were starting to go after 150k. Car still rode fine.
This was a great car to me and got me everywhere I needed to go. And I drove it HARD. Drove through rain, blizzards no problems whatsoever. Never got stuck in the snow. Car handled well and was comfortable for long trips. Managed to get 35+ MPG hwy which is phenominal for a car of it's size/class even today. Basic wear and tear parts replaced/upgraded. Timing belt, ball joints, plugs, wires. NOTHING ELSE, just started it up and drove off. Sold it with over 160K (mostly highway) and the car still ran great!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th November, 2007