1999 Ford Contour Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1999 Ford Contour SE Sport from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Faults:

Just spent $4,000 fixing it, WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!

Too many things to list.

General Comments:

It's small, I'd say good while it lasts, but all around a cheaply made car. I couldn't say it's worth it.

The $4,000 I just spent to fix it was a waste, because now I've got another $300.00 worth of things wrong with it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th March, 2009

1999 Ford Contour LX 4 cylinder gas from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder gas Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance192000 miles

Summary:

Don't buy one

Faults:

Blown engine from hole in radiator, had to replace.

Had to replace transmission because the car wouldn't go in reverse or accelerate at times.

Sun visor fell off.

Dashboard coming loose.

Interior light cover fell off.

Paint seems to chip.

Very hard to change brakes because of rotor design.

All but one audio speaker is blown.

General Comments:

Gets you from point A to point B.

Seats are very comfortable and easy to fall asleep in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th February, 2009

1999 Ford Contour SE 2.5L V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Aggressive maintenance is key to make this car GREAT!

Faults:

Check engine light at 70,000 - cleaned EGR passages.

Alternator at 85,000 - Aftermarket.

Alternator at 85,200 - Aftermarket.

Alternator at 86,000 - Dealer replacement with Motorcraft.

Dealer 'forgot' to tighten the mounting bolts!!

Flawless since, then was rear-ended by a Honda.

General Comments:

Fantastic all-around car, but you must be aggressive with maintenance.

Differential in the manuals is great, but fragile.

Auto requires regular 4 quart drain/fill (twice yearly) and will last forever. Maintenance is key.

Comfortable, reasonably quick.

A few suspension goodies make handling EXCELLENT, so I raced it & did well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2009

1999 Ford Contour SE Not sure from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Not sure Don't Know
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

It has lasted 8 and a half years, but it's time for a new one

Faults:

I have had my 1999 Ford Contour since 2000.

The dash board warps, the check engine light came on about two weeks ago.

The lights don't come on upon opening the door.

The windows work when they want. It seems as if there is some type of shortage.

I am ready to trade this car in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd December, 2008

1999 Ford Contour SE 2.0 VCT 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 VCT 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles

Summary:

Eh.. some problems but awesome

Faults:

The only thing that I have really had a problem with my car is I bought it used with 97,000 miles on it, and had decent tires on it; within 4k miles I had a blowout... used dealership's fault, I got reimbursed... ended up replacing 2 front tires after only 5k miles; I had another blowout on the front driver side.. problem was alignment was screwed... the TOE was completely off... it was bad... almost 300 dollars later it was fixed.

My factory speakers blew after I put a CD player in it, so currently I have 2 Sony 4x6's and a 12 inch sub woofer in the trunk... it shakes... also added cold air intake...

General Comments:

Great, I really like it... handles really well, had it topped out to 110 mph so far... roomy... comfortable to drive...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2008

1999 Ford Contour SE 2.5 V6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired204390 miles
Most recent distance205000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Faults:

Well, tell me folks, I hear that if the car won't go into reverse or overdrive that it could be the automatic transmission range selector, but I discovered that it was almost 2 quarts low in tranny fluid, so I topped it off with Bardhal transmission stop leak and no more problems. I still have the occasional balking at any speed, like the elctricals are freaking out, red battery light on, then it goes away as quickly as it occurred, battery and alternator test fine, and the electrical harness looks OK (did Ford upgrade that harness by 1999, I wonder), well the engine light is on but the car runs fine giving me 30 m.p.g. average with a lot of hwy driving from my 2.5 V6, I bought it for a song so it is my test commuter mule with no great confidence I'm driving it but considering letting it go to another buyer, buyer beware of quirks. I really like the design and size and performance, the AC works great, and the pick up is just fine too. Maybe I should have opted for the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. as my commuter, but hey any used car has its foibles, so we shall see, I'll probably just go find a good Ranger pickup truck, again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd April, 2008

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 33 reviews