1998 Ford Contour SE 4 cylinder from North America
Costs too much to keep on the road
Water pump went out at 26,000 miles.
AC compressor locked up at 50,000 miles, snapped the belt which in turn ripped into one of the CV boots.
Motor mount broke (can you believe that?) at 60,000 miles and caused power steering hose to snap.
Had to replace window motor, latches, cables, etc. in drivers door and needed new wheel bearings at 65,000 miles.
At 95,000 miles the timing belt broke, leaving me stranded once again, and cost $400 to fix.
Other "minor" fixes such as new rotors twice, new fan blower, numerous recalls. This car also lets in a lot of dust (the trunk is full of it) and road noise, and the speakers short out often.
This car starts up without fail (except for the timing belt problem), but the rest of the car is crap.
I'm getting a lot of sympathy from the people at the Ford Service Center, but what I'd really like is to not spend more on repairs than the monthly car payment.
Now, the transmission is "slipping" which probably means another big bill for me.
Think I'll get rid of it once and for all. If I didn't need the trade-in I would love to push it off a cliff and watch it explode.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd May, 2002