1998 Ford Contour SVT 2.5L High Output Duratec V6 from North America
Found On Road Dead comes to mind
The second day I owned this car the water pump blew (plastic impeller broke, common problem with Contours) and in turn the thermostat, head gasket, and head all blew, leaving me with a smoking, steaming mess of a car. Under the Virginia 'Lemon Law' I was able to get all the repairs done for free, only to have the new water pump break within 200 miles. Then the air conditioner died, then the new thermostat blew, once again leaving me with a steaming, overheated mess. This being my second SVT contour, I then gave up and traded it in for a Chevy.
SVT contours in general (I had a red one and a black one, both 1998) are one of the most fun cars to drive ever. They handle incredibly (on par with BMW 3 series), are very comfortable with leather bucket seats, and they are pretty fast (but can easily be made faster.)
Unfortunately, they have that good old Ford reliability, and cannot be trusted past about 40 thousand miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th January, 2005
I would disagree with those statements. I can't speak for SVT, but I have a 1998 contour Se with 99k on it and it runs perfectly.
I think a lot of people have too high expectations of their vehicles. you expect to beat it and have no effect, but I'm a mechanic and I can tell you differently.
I would be willing to bet 90% of people are out there driving around completely oblivious to their vehicles' maintenance schedule. the funniest part about that is that people don't realize there aren't very many parts on a car designed to last more 20-40 thousand miles.
So before you go talking trash on Ford and definitely long before you buy a Chevy, make sure your car isn't breaking down because of something you're NOT doing. also remember cars DO break down, Chevy more than Ford, but not nearly as often as a Mopar.