1999 Ford Contour SVT 2.5 L DOHC H.O. V-6 from North America
One thing I was not aware of until after I purchased this car was that Ford "de-contented' this car in some ways that are hard to believe:
There is a dashboard recall on all 99-00 SVT's and SE's because the dash is attached with glue instead of metal retaining clips to the interior.
There was a lot of squeaking from the rear of the car, which was determined to be a poorly lubricated rear suspension bushing.
The stock radio/CD system is AWFUL!!! I spent 550$ on an Eclipse head unit/Polk speaker upgrade, and it was worth every penny!!
Great riding and handling car!!
I took a seven hour trip with my eight-year-old son to Maine, and was not fatigued at all either traveling up or back.
The aftermarket is starting to come out with some serious performance parts for this car (i.e. Vortech supercharger, MSDS headers, KKM intake, etc.) that will enable buyers to keep up with those Altimas and Maximas that have 25-45 more HP.
The stock tires on this car have a brick-like 300 tread wear rating, but stick quite well to the road.
The local constabulary won't look twice at this demure-looking car, and the insurance companies think the same way... it's classified as a sedan.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st January, 2002
This is a great car, I wouldn't trade this car for another.
I have 25000 miles on the car, I have driven this car for 5 years. Speaking of the dash, I called Ford and let them know how I felt about the dash, I got an answer from Ford, they OK'd it to take into the dealer and have it repaired. I am pleased with the job they did on my 99 SVT.