1999 Ford Contour SE 2.5L Duratec from North America
The Contour is a great, fun car to drive despite the annoyances
Fan resistor pack for heater/AC failed 2 times causing the blower to only work on high. (of course, it always happened in the winter.) Hasn't failed after the second time as the resistor pack was redesigned.
Dash started to warp. Was fixed at no charge by Ford dealer in 2001 and have had no issues since.
Rear brakes / rotors replaced in 2/05. (50k) Front brakes / rotors replaced in 7/05. (57k)
Intake air control valve replaced 2/05. This will cause a hoot sound. Seems like all Contours / Mystiques do this. It was hooting since 2002 and only in the winter months.
Defective door switch on the drivers side at 30k causing interior lights to stay on. 1/00.
Replaced battery at 50k. Battery still good, but was old and I requested replacement after 6 years. 2/05.
Catalytic converter replaced due to defective converter broken in pieces internally. Repaired under warranty. 7/05.
Low freon on A/C system. No leaks, but had to add freon to the system. 7/05.
Replaced original tires at 40k. 1/04.
Nice, comfortable ride and handles well even today at the current mileage this is written. If you are sitting in back the ride won't be so comfortable.
Manual transmission kind of stiff.
Minor annoyances like the hooting, fan resistor, defective switch, warping dash and weak radio performance makes we wish I would have purchased a Camry or other vehicle where quality control is better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th July, 2005
I also have had to have my Blower switch replaced twice for the same reason and now it is doing the same thing again. It only runs on high, or not at all unless you wiggled it just right. My dash also warped when I first got the car and the dealer fixed it to their standards. Unfortunately, it did not hold and I drove around for several years with a dashboard that looked like a half-peeled orange. I finally gooped it down myself and cut off the excess material since Ford wasn't going to fix it properly. Aside from the looks of the dashboard, the weak stereo that vibrates against the plastic of the door panels, and the constantly broken blower control, I really love my Contour. It's comfortable and handles well and, from the outside, looks good on the road. Overall, I like the car and feel pretty safe in it. I'll take the minor annoyances as enhancement for its personality.