2000 Ford Contour SE Sport 2.5L V6 from North America
Decent transportation for the money
Plastic sunroof mechanism gear (80,000 miles) (found a better replacement online).
Fuel pump failure (70,000 miles).
Emergency brake cable rusted up (60,000 miles).
Clutch (50,000 miles) (I live with it).
I like the acceleration & fuel mileage. If I behave myself, I can get 30+ MPG highway.
It is a brutal car to drive at highway speeds; my biggest beef being road noise transmitted through the body.
The reliability and cost to repair are a fraction of what my Audi was, which is why I bought it in the first place.
The clutch is crap; it shudders launching it in 1st & the pedal action is not smooth. I rarely use 1st because it's SO low. The final drive ratio is such that the engine turns at 3500 RPM @ 70 MPH. It's a bit high for my liking.
The engine is great, though you have to get it wound up a bit to get any power out of it.
The interior is classic cheap plastic Ford. BUT it has held up!
The steering is quick, though a bit too much for the highway (kinda go-cart like).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th September, 2009