1999 Ford Contour SE 2.0 from North America
Mechanics dream, Owners nightmare
The heater controls stopped working. After being repaired at the dealer the controls stopped working on the way home. Now the blower only works on high.
The dash warped and began rolling back from the windshield.
This car handles well and has a stiff body which gives it a sporty feel.
However the cabin is cheaply finished with a lot of plastic and uncomfortable seats.
It is very difficult to get this vehicle repaired properly. Numerous defects repaired by the dealer end up failing soon after being repaired.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th November, 2002
My wifes car is nice and has 56000 miles on it, but the dash is rolling up on front. This is the second dash. The defrost vents came off, the struts are out. The car runs great and looks good, but the dash is very poor built.
You should know that there was a recall on the dashboard of this model. It's apparently a manufacturing defect. The "customer satisfaction" recall is now over, but you might be able to persuade your local dealer to fix it anyway.
I had it fixed twice. Th e first time, they simply put a grille on top of the warped dash. It looked horrible and I was able to beg the dealership to completely replace the dash. They did a mediocre job, with loose edges, but it's seemed to hold up.Ä
To make the fan work at all speeds, just replace a $16 module from your dealer. It's just above the front passenger's feet to the left. It's an easy DIY (called a 'resistor'?).
Had mine for over a year; a 1999 SE. Recently, the engine has been choking and cutting off while the tank is almost full. Any advice on that problem?