2000 Ford Contour Reviews - Page 3 of 6

2000 Ford Contour sport V6 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles

Summary:

Not good

Faults:

My fuel pump went the first week I purchased the car and it had to be replaced twice since then.

Platinum plugs on the gasket have to be replaced every two years.

Sensors were replaced in 2004, I just replaced them again (2006)

The door came without manual locks, so I have to use the car remote to lock and unlock doors. Of course I didn't find this out until 2005 when my remote broke and I noticed the locks weren't turning. The dealership didn't help, saying I'm the one that could have taken the locks out of the car doors.

General Comments:

The contour sport is a fast car, but it's a gas guzzler.

I wish I purchased a Toyota or Honda.

Ford's sales people aren't very nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th April, 2006

2000 Ford Contour SVT 2.5 Liter from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 Liter Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Best sports sedan for the money

Faults:

The car has been reliable for me for the most part.

At around 50,000 miles the fuel pump went bad, but I had heard about that problem with the later model Contours. I took it to my local Ford dealership (HUGE MISTAKE) after they attempted to charge me $1000 to install a fuel pump (and I told them they are crazy). I took it to my normal mechanic and they did it for $500.

At around 58,000 miles the brake cables froze (I live in MD where last winter the temperature dropped to 15 degrees at one point). I got them replaced for around about $150.

General Comments:

I really love how this car performs. It has pretty good acceleration off the line and has a great top end rush of power.

The car really flies around the curves, especially since I added the 17 wheels and Toyo high performance tires.

I really wish it had more power and a little more compliant ride.

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

Review Date: 6th January, 2006

2000 Ford Contour LX 2.0 zetec 16 V DOHC from Mexico

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 zetec 16 V DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance97000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Pretty good car!

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

The car has been pretty reliable, all the services have been done as scheduled, no mayor problems, all problems fixed by ford (recalls), the transmission shifts pretty smooth, the air conditioning is great, it handles great,

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2005

17th Nov 2005, 23:35

As a former contour owner I can say that buying a FORD was the biggest mistake I ever made. I hope your car lasts more than 100K miles without serious problems (or last to 100K in general)

3rd Nov 2007, 07:23

My Contour 2000 has over 102,000 Miles on it and I have no problems with it, Thank the Good Lord for He controls everything. My advice just keep up with your car's maintenance, maintenance is prominent in everything in life. My next car will be God willingly a Ford 500, Ford F 150 or a Ford Fusion. Blessings to all of you guys and keep your heads up. Bye.

27th Jun 2011, 10:17

Man is in control of his own destiny, so sayeth the word.

2000 Ford Contour SVT 2.5L HO from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5L HO Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Fun car for the money that won't beat you up during your daily commute

Faults:

Fuel pump - since the car is a 1999 and newer model, it is a returnless fuel system - In other words, have fun dropping the gas tank to get at the pump.

Brakes - Good for 20k of spirited driving, but again have fun finding the right replacement parts - I had luck through Ford of Europe.

DPFE sensor and EGR valve - replacement at 50k should be mandatory - parts for that are cheap at Autozone :)

Don't forget the "moose" - air intake noise that is attributable to the Idle Air Control (IAC) valve. Contour.org has a great list of fixes.

General Comments:

I've owned a number of muscle cars and sports cars, and this is by far, the most comfortable one and easiest to work on (once you track down the parts) of the bunch.

It isn't a "rocket sled" by any means, but it holds its own merging into traffic from a dead stop. Especially with an aftermarket intake system, and a stainless mandrel bent custom exhaust system (best modification for the money).

The interior was designed by a hyperactive five year old, however; there is a persistent squeak from the trunk and the dashboard that I can't find, and when it's below freezing, the squeaking can get pretty bad until the interior warms up. The tires are pricey, and, for some reason 215 50-16's are almost impossible to find for under 180$... I used 215 55-16's, and it does make the car handle differently (marginally).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2005

23rd Feb 2007, 20:38

I have a 99 Contour SE. The squeaks in my trunk are from the swaybar rubber bushings that are worn. Crud and perhaps rust on the swaybar accelerates the wear of the bushings and eventually they squeak under sway. You can take them off and put white grease on and the squeaks will go silent for a month or so.

Also don't force the bushing clamp bolts off with force if they are stiff, the bolts do break. I have learned to apply heat to stiff bolts. Try not to set explode your gas tank.

2nd Apr 2008, 10:43

I use 205 65 15" tires on my '99 Contour with Ford factory alloy wheels, ride great, no problems with them and they are cheap Douglas X-Trac brand from Walmart, though I would probably upgrade to at least a Nexxen (stay away from Kumho they tend to ride poorly shortly after used a few thousand miles) next time.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 18 reviews