I have a Contour and the brakes have never been an issue. if you panic stop all the time than they will warp and wear out much faster. Also, if you buy cheap replacement parts then they will not last very long. I suggest you take a driving class and learn the proper way to start and stop your car. happy motoring.
I also have a contour that has the dash warping. It is coming up by the defroster vent, and it is impossible to keep the vent from coming out of the dash. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with this problem...
I bought my Contour new in 1999. It has been a good car other than the blower going out, it would only work on high. My dashboard also is totally curled up towards the winshield. I was not aware of a recall on the dash. I've had it to a body shop and they said they could fix it. I picked it up yesterday, and to my horror, they screwed it down with big silver screws. It looks terrible, but at least my defrost actually blows onto the winshield now.
I have a 99 Contour. I purchased it used. It was a good stable car.. We had the dash replaced with a 'new' one that didn't match the rest of the car, but the colorblind dealer/service dept couldn't tell (tan from BROWN). Then about 18 mos later it warped again!
Then the alternator started going bad. That'll be ($321. + labor) $580 bucks to fix the alternator. No thanks, I'll take my chances...Isn't that why cell phones were invented?
Recently, the check engine light came on. I had it diagnosed. It was the IAC valve $150.Then there's the Variable Cam Timing Solenoid that regulates the opening and closing of the valves. This little gold encrusted gem of a solonoid is going to cost 363.16! And the list grows..*sigh*
I'll probably have the Valve and the solenoid installed just so I can get back on the road. I can't really afford another vehicle right now. It's a daily driver anyway.
If Ford has a better idea, I'd like to know who their idea 'man' is Rube Goldberg?!
I purchased my 1999 Contour SE about a year ago. When I picked it out there was about 50,000 miles on it and was a, what do call, a fleet return vehicle. I replaced the brake pads and shoes at 78,000 miles and have replaced the O2 sensor. My Contour has the 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder and the 4-speed automatic transmission. Now I am almost to 100,000 miles and will take it to Ford for the treatment, but I love my car, it has been so good to me. Keep in mind, Contour's are not the only cars on the road with interior problems and the the condition of the car is all in how you take care of it. Drive safely.