1997 Ford Contour from North America
Nice looks, a pain to deal with
While I was test driving it, an O2 sensor failed. Shouldn't have bought the car after that, but they fixed it and sold the car to me cheap (another bad sign).
Cup holder broke. Seems to be common among Contours.
Immediate problem was the check engine light. Also seems to be common among Contours. Would come off and on and off and on. Every time it was tested, diagnosis was the O2 sensor even though both were already replaced. Currently it has been on for about five months.
Engine started cutting off. Took it to a local dealership and paid $250 to get new plugs and a couple wires since a cylinder was mis-firing.
Car burns oil like nothing else. Once burned so much that the actual oil cap popped off after a 150 mile road-trip. Cloud of smoke from the oil all over under my hood.
During the summer months, I often can't run it down a busy street because every time I stop, it will idle so low that the car will stall out. Another factor that I think is causing this is the engine temperature. According to other posts on this forum, this is a common problem with no known fix.
The engine itself thrusts when I accelerate at any other pace, but slow. The only reason I know this is because I pumped the engine a couple times while a friend was looking under the hood. This can't be a good thing.
I'm hoping just to get a couple more years out of the car. I change the oil religiously (every 3-4 months even though I don't drive it that much).
I'm just a college student and plan to get a new car as soon as I graduate and find a job. Right now, it's not looking like this car will even last that long.
I should have kept my '88 Beretta. Looked like a piece of junk, but at least it ran great.
If anybody can suggest a way to possibly fix the low idle/stalling issue, it would be greatly appreciative!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th January, 2004