1998 Ford Contour SE V6 from North America
Cheap fun basic family transportation
Previous owner had some work done under warranty (I don't remember what) and replaced the water pump.
Since I got it, I've replaced the tires (after a bad alignment ate the old ones), brake rotors and pads all around, spark plugs and wires, various filters, an oxygen sensor, and the alternator.
Pretty good car...
None of the things that have gone wrong are surprising for a car with 100,000 miles on the clock, and most were cheap and easy to fix (replacing the alternate was a pain the neck, though).
It handles fairly well, though the original suspension is getting tired, and it's got plenty of pick-up for dealing with San Diego freeways. I've even autocrossed it a few times! (No trophies, though.)
It's big enough to take a family of four on a weekend camping trip, but still small enough to be fun getting there on the twisty mountain roads.
Gas mileage is reasonable, depending on how hard you drive it (I get around 21 mpg for a mix of city and highway driving).
It's not the best looking car out there, but it at least its blandness makes it anonymous... and I don't worry about anyone stealing it.
Best of all, it was dirt cheap to buy and insure.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th January, 2006
9th Mar 2006, 11:03
Love my contour. Headlamp lenses so badly pitted it is impossible to drive at night. Any solution other than replacing at a high cost? Joeojt@earthlink.net.
18th Jan 2007, 20:54
In Florida a lot of cars get sunburned headlamps. I bought a restoration kit at Advanced Auto Parts which took about 20 minutes of sweat equity to really clear up the pitting and "fogginess" to almost-new condition.