1998 Ford Contour LX 2.5L from North America
Recently - wheel bearings went 3 times in 2 years, might have been installers fault, all replaced under part warranty.
Positive battery cable insulation wore, needed replaced, 2 days and <$40.
Leaking radiator hose, <$80 (paid a friend $40 to fix)
Bought from an auction for $1,000 when retail was $5,000.
Car has never failed to start.
Here's my synopsis on this car:
- I was very hard at times on the transmission (auto sticking, holding 2nd up to 5500 rpm), blew 2nd and 4th gear early 2006, but still runs 1st and 3rd.
- Other than that, easy on engine (never 'punched' the gas), changed oil myself, no engine troubles.
- Never hard on steering, never had steering component issues.
- Never drove hard through rough terrain, never had suspension issues.
I think you know what I'm getting at...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th January, 2007