1997 Ford Contour GL 16 V Zetec from North America


Drives Very Nice


The head gasket blew around 80K.

Everything on the dashboard is falling apart on me. For example, the A/C vents were made using cheap plastic and are falling apart easily.

Car was in the shop frequently.

Gear shift has broke, car sometimes goes in drive while in N.

Trunk is messed up, and now only opens from inside the car.

Brake pads are to thin.

Brake lights went out around 70K.

Head lights aren't bright enough, can only see very good using bright lights.

F- Finances

O- On

R- Repair

D- Damages.

General Comments:

Car seats are very comfortable.

Power Windows.

Power Locks.

Cruise Control.

Dashboard is easy to use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2005

1997 Ford Contour GL 2.0 4 cylinder from North America


Easy to own and great gas mileage!


Starter was replaced at 72,000 miles. Replaced timing belt (voluntarily) at 60,000 miles. and again at 120, 000 miles. Cup holder snapped off during early ownership.

Styling is somewhat ho-hum.

General Comments:

Inexpensive and surprisingly easy to drive. Cost of ownership was almost nothing. Very reliable 2.0 liter 4 cyl. motor. No leaks or squeaks.

Gas mileage is great with 2.0L. 4 Cyl with 5 speed transmission!!

Interior room is somewhat tight in back seat. Trunk is fairly roomy. The Ford Contour is great in snow. No electrical or mechanical issues. Only nuance are rear door jams that sometimes squeak (some light oil fixed that problem).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2005

1997 Ford Contour GL 2.0 from North America


Poor, not one of Fords better products


Shortly after I bought it the OD light started flashing for the transmission.

Transmission changes very hard when OD light comes on (after about 30 miles)

Tires Wear out fast.

Engine idles poorly with air running.

Car vibrates when in drive at idle.

Loud clunking noise in rear of car.

Engine runs hot and overheats.

Battery needs replacing every year.

Smells of burning wiring when A/C running.

General Comments:

The car has been nothing, but trouble since I bought it.

I cannot complain about reliability, it has let me down on several occasions, but it normally keeps running even with all of it's problems.

Main problem is with battery cables melting, seems to happen all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2005

1997 Ford Contour GL 2.0 from North America


Good car. Own my second of same year


O2, 100k.

Idle air valve, 120K.

Clock light, 110k.

Left headlamp 120k.

General Comments:

I got my first Contour used from a friend that purchased it new. It was a 1997 GL.

It had its AC compressor replaced @ 100K, and the shop forgot to put water back in the car when they did the work. Well, the car overheated and warped the head on the way home from the shop. Rather than sue the shop and have a long court case of "He said, She said", he asked me if I wanted to buy the car as-is. I said yes, and purchased it for 4K.

After getting the head replaced and an overall tune up, the car ran like a dream. Handling is great, and its pep from the Zetec engine is phenomenal for its displacement.

I drove the car every day for about 3 years, and loved every minute of it. The longest trip was to Centralia Illinois in 7 hours from Alabama.

I pampered the car, and knew it inside and out. I had replaced several sensors, but they were replaced as expected by the life expectancy engineered into them.

All in all, the car was great!

It was a week and some days ago from when I write this, that I did the unthinkable; I pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler. Yes, it hit hard and hit fast. It tore the car apart. By the grace of God I lived and was without a scratch. I was happy to be alive, but heartbroken over the loss of the car. I made up my mind about 30 minute later that I would get another one.

As soon as I got to a computer, I was looking for a 1997 5-speed Contour. I found one, and as soon as I had the insurance check, I went and got it. It has some problems, but I am getting this one back in shape. It's odd that it looks like my car, but you sit in it, and suddenly realise no two cars are alike. It feels different and handles different, but looks the same. With some work, I am sure it will be a sweet heart also.

The point is some of the reports here are praise, the others are decries. No two cars are the same, and how you maintain them has much to do with it. Enjoy this fine little car. It's a real sweetie for its cost and size. It's sport without all the body flair that gets you pulled over because of how your car looks, if you're going a bit too fast.

Thanks All.

Heather Keay.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2004