1998 Ford Contour SE 2.5L Duratec V6 from North America
Wonderful experience, wish I still had it
The 2.5L V6 Duratec was one of Ward's Top 10 engines in the 90s, and it's obvious why; the engine on this car purred like a kitten without any issues, other than routine maintenance.
Parts for this car were cheap and easy for even a novice DIYer.
What doomed this car was the transmission, which went on us rather suddenly. However we believe it had to do with a mechanic error mixing a transmission line with a power steering line (the transmission went the day after the mechanic had messed with it, with no prior symptoms).
This car handled like a dream; very sporty for a sedan.
This is the car I first learned to drive in, it was my mom's, we were so devastated we kept it around for about a year. We had a hurricane in that time and were without power for a week. The lighter port on our other (active) car was broken, we tried starting this car on the off-chance it would run, and after almost a year of sitting there and going through a hurricane, it started right up and was our lifeline for power for a week.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th December, 2013