2000 Ford Contour SE Sport 2.5 DOHC from North America
Best-handling front-wheel drive car I've ever driven for not much cash.
Cup holder broke, which I've been told is very common. Replaced for about 20 bucks.
I've heard that the steering pump is a problem on this car, but mine isn't very old yet.
The shifter was a little stiff, especially when the car was cold. Adding Redline MTL fluid into the transaxle fixed the problem cheaply and easily.
The temperature guage almost always reads cold, even though running engine temps are within nominal range (I've checked it manually).
This car was designed by Ford Europe, so it's no surprise that it handles better than any front-wheel drive car I've ever driven. And I'm a bit of an enthusiast, so that's a lot of cars.
The DOHC engine is very potent because of the variable-valve technology. It also generates much more low-end torque than its Japanese competitors (read: will blow them off the line!).
This car will stop or turn on a dime, and torque-steer has been dealt with admirably.
Soooo much faster and quicker than my "sport" Camry, but just as comfortable and economical.
If you get this car now, you'll miss out on the very steep initial depreciation. I feel sorry for the chump who bought it new and sold it 3 years later.
I am worried about the Contour's mixed reliability reviews, but so far so good.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2004
21st Nov 2004, 22:39
Designed by Ford of Europe, but built in Mexico.
With 175 HP and 165 lb/ft of torque, a V6 Contour SE is no match for a V6 Altima or Maxima, a V6 Accord, a Mazda 6, or a V6 Camry. If you've actually out-accelerated any of these rides in a Contour, were their drivers aware that you were in fact trying to race them? No matter how skillful the driver, there is no way a Contour SE could "blow them off the line". So if you beat any of these vehicles from a green light or in any other contest, it's because they didn't know you were racing them.
Some free advice: on the next trash day, park the junkbox Contour and the "sport" Camry on the street, and pray that the garbage company for your parent's house carts them off.
16th Nov 2007, 17:29
Are you sure it's built in Mexico? Ours was was assembled in Claycomo. That's in Missouri, not Mexico.
And a free piece of advise to you: Don't call anyone's vehicle junk. It just shows that you are rude and ignorant.
17th Nov 2007, 07:58
I used to own a contour and that car was complete garbage. It is so bad that if you leave the keys in it a good thief won't come near that car.