1998 Ford Contour Reviews - Page 6 of 29

1998 Ford Contour SE 2.5L V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance113000 kilometres

Summary:

It runs well for a Ford

Faults:

The power steering broke and for several months, the car would pull to the right when I would put on the brakes and this caused an accident.

The automatic transmission will not go into drive without some coaxing.

General Comments:

It is a comfortable and speedy little car that is fun to drive and is appealing to look at.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2007

1998 Ford Contour Sedan 4dr Bi-Fuel 4 cylinder. 2.0 Liter from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Bi-Fuel 4 cylinder. 2.0 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carChery Astro Van

Summary:

Gets from Point A to B

Faults:

I got this car in '02 with only 26K from a government auction (Big Mistake). It was 3K under market value at the time and looked to be in good shape. It came with a bi-fuel engine which I though would be a good thing, only to find out later I could not use it.

Did Fix:

Month after having it, when I would put the tranny in reverse the car would die. No one could figure out what or why, but it fixed itself a month later.

Tranny 99K - 1600.

Alternator - 75K & 105K - 500 each time.

Did not Fix:

All 4 of my door locks do not work which lead to 2 break ins and 2 CD players stolen 6 months apart. (Not cars fault, but if the locks worked then this would have not happened) ~~$500.

The latch on my driver door does not work. Car door has to be tied shut or it swings open ~~$100.

My fuse box has shorts in it, so the blower fan does not work. ~~500.

Suspension needs replaced in the next 10K ~~1000.

Seat latches broke off on both sides ~~Never Priced.

Cosmetic damage to passenger rear door ~~ 1500.

General Comments:

Good car for reliability, but it falls apart quick so you have to keep up with what's wrong. My girl friend drives a '98 Mercury Mystique (same car, just fancier) and she's had a lot less problems than me. I am done buying Fords for other reasons, but this car got me from point A to B with little detours.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th April, 2007

1998 Ford Contour LX 2.5L V6 Automatic from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 kilometres
Most recent distance161000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Stay away

Faults:

Transmission Breakdown after a week of purchase.

General Comments:

This car is a trap. Never buy Ford anymore. I believe it could by my biggest mistake to trust Ford. I feel obligated to tell everybody, just STAY AWAY. it's a real lemon. We should all stop dealing with Ford, then when they go bankrupt, they will understand how their cars are weird. Imagine you buy a car runs pretty decent and all of a sudden after passing all purchase tests, check engine light comes on, here we are, a TRANSMISSION PROBLEM. BANG, $2700.00 OUT FROM YOUR POCKET, I actually paid the car price twice within a month. I believe Ford will be paid back for what it did with all Ford customers, sure I will see their factories shut down. They definitely deserve it, no doubt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th February, 2007

1st Mar 2007, 16:05

You bought the car used, and put 145,000 km on it (in one year, according to you), but you're outraged at what a piece of junk it was... Not sure I quite understand that one. You don't mention any other problem besides the fact that you bought a used car that turned out to have a bad transmission.

16th Mar 2007, 13:49

Well, I don't agree with the first comment. When you test the car carefully and it passes all known tests and proofs that it's a good car. But all of a sudden, it turns out after a week to be a faulty transmission, this just a PURE TRAP FROM FORD. Even, all rebuilt transmissions by Ford have troubles, just ask whoevre got trapped by Ford. Shame on Ford, I am sure I will see their end, sure it's coming.

18th Apr 2007, 10:09

I love my ford contour, its great on gas, gets me where I need to go, nice little sports engine. plus I bang chicks in it all the time. I sleep in it when I'm drunk. I've never encountered a problem with it. I have owned one for 2 years now. My contour rules.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 112 reviews