1998 Ford Contour Reviews - Page 7 of 29

1998 Ford Contour LX 2.5L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Faults:

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)

General Comments:

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

1998 Ford Contour SVT 2.5 Litre High Output from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 Litre High Output Manual
Distance when acquired146000 kilometres
Most recent distance222000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Long live the SVT!

Faults:

I had some engine problems early on in my ownership of the Contour SVT with the throttle body, but had them fixed with relative ease and no problems after installing a new short ram air intake.

General Comments:

I have grown very attached to my SVT Contour and I'm very impressed with the ride, tight handling for a sedan and I like the curves that the body has.

The interior is comfortable and I have had multiple compliments on the overall comfort of the ride from passengers.

The only complaint that I would have is that they could've thrown a supercharger in.

I read a comment earlier about looking for a supercharger, I'm looking for one myself and just went to Google and typed in "Ford Contour SVT Supercharger" and a couple of links came up, hope that helps.

However, I'm not sure it's worth it with the climate that we have up here in the Great White North!

Overall I can agree with all of you that praise the car and I just think it's too bad that they stopped making them.

From,

A Canadian friend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2007

1998 Ford Contour SE V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carMazda MPV

Summary:

I Love it

Faults:

Nothing. Zip. At 88k I had to replace the battery... I think primarily because my oil change servicer didn't check the coolant levels and I didn't know I had to, because my prior car had a sealed battery. When it wouldn't start without a jump, a mechanic looked and it was really low. REALLY low...i.e, my maintenance problem, not the car.

General Comments:

Peppy, shiny, good mileage. Too small for transporting furniture!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2007

1998 Ford Contour from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carHyundai Santa Fe

Summary:

Car Sucks!

Faults:

My mother owns a Ford Contour a.k.a. the worst investment of her life.

I drive it occasionally, when forced with no other option, and whenever I go to turn, it makes this weird, loud noise that everyone can hear - quite embarrassing.

The hub cabs have completely come off while driving, accelerating feels really weak, and my mother had to buy new breaks. The air bag light comes on and off going over bumps which freaks me out a bit, and also the emergency break doesn't work anymore - I've driven a few times with it up with no problem.

Although it's never broke down or died, I still don't like the car at all.

The AC and HEAT works quite well though!

My mother paid close to $10,000 because it was 'brand new' and now it's worth like $1,000.

I wouldn't recommend a Ford Contour... or a Ford in general.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th November, 2006

1998 Ford Contour SE 3.0L 24v from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0L 24v Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

Rolling fire hazard... with comfy seats

Faults:

All sensors.

Transmission syncro.

A/C.

Speakers.

EGR valve.

Alternator.

Check engine light.

Air bag light/sensor.

Water pump.

Windshield sprayer.

Wiring harness short circuit.

Wheel bearings.

Many more...

General Comments:

This is the most costly mistake I've ever made in my entire life. Period. I purchased the car for $3,200, and within a month later I dumped over $2,000 into "repairing it", and it still runs very questionable.

A car is not a single entity, it is a series of components working together. The components of the Contour are ALL sub-standard.

For example: The impeller fins on the water pump get brittle after time, and commonly brake off, causing the engine to overheat (lovely). Due to the cramped engine bay, the parts are all difficult to get to, that's why the mechanics charge extra. My mechanic had to remove a CV boot and tie rod to replace an alternator!?!

If I recall correctly, this car has had 24 recalls! Because of the faulty wiring harness, it's a rolling fire hazard; when I go outside, I check to make sure it hasn't burned down.

The wheel bearings (usually a DIY, $10, 15 minute job) are pressed bearings, which require a machine shop and the accompanying $150!

This car has left me stranded twice in a 2 week period. FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME. This company SHOULD know better. Never again Ford. Never again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2006

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