31st Jan 2003, 22:07

I have a 1996 Ford Contour GL. This car is a true embarrassment to domestic automakers. I have sunk way too much money into the car. It has 85,000 miles on it. I have replaced the oil pump, brake rotors (warped), MAF sensor, Idler pulley, the list goes on. The fuel door latch busted, the cup holders broke off and of course none of the power windows work. And Ford has raped me every step of the way. Reading this BB, I can't believe they can get away with it. This is my last Ford. I may never by a domestic car again (it makes me sick to say it) I will have to be convinced.

If anyone has any information, or advice on the repair of the windows... it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Brian Hileman.

Newport, RI.

4th Apr 2003, 10:33

I like my ford contour cause it's better than what you guys are talking about for a car under $ 15,000 that the best.

1st Jun 2003, 01:51

My 1995 Ford Contour is my first and last Ford. Fords are a joke. Very poor design. Their service department is there it see how much they can make off the customer. I thought they were there to represent Ford and help the customer have a better Ford experience. I tried to get information on how to re=program my key less remote. They lied and said that it had to be done with their "$8000 computer". I found simple instructions on the net for free. Ford wanted $80 for a 10 minute job. I am very ticked and will never buy a Ford again.

17th Jul 2003, 11:02

I bought a 96 ford contour for a commuter car thinking it would be a good "beater car." The only thing being beat is my wallet! This car stalls all the time and has many annoying rattles. I already find myself replacing everything. Since I have read all the other comments on here I think I will cut my losses and donate it to the next charity drive! I have to admit I got a great deal from the owner, but it is catching up on costs. This has been the only ford I have ever owned, now I remember why I drive a BMW, domestic cars are junk!

1st Sep 2003, 17:02

I have owned my 95 contour for 5 years and 75 thousand miles, for a total of 126,000 miles. The only maintenance that has had to be performed were 1 right front wheel bearing and 1 water pump for a grand total of about $50. The car is driven as hard as I can possibly drive it every time it is started and still gets almost 30 miles to the gallon on the highway.


Tom Sparling.

2nd Sep 2003, 10:53

I've had my 95 Contour since 1998. It now has 121,000 miles on it and up until this year has only needed two minor repairs. Considering how everyone else is fairing, I guess I've been pretty lucky. Though this year I've dumped about $1,000 into fixing various things. If that check engine light comes on one more time I'm going to scream! Oh and ditto on the cup holder. It never worked for me either. These days my Contour is jerky to drive, especially at high speeds. I think it's time for a new car... no more Fords for me. Those people rip you off!

16th Nov 2004, 10:57

I'm a high school student with a sucky job, and yet all my money what little I have goes to fixing my car. I've replaced everything and it still doesn't work properly. I hate my car, and can't wait to get a new one, though let me mind you it will not be a ford. At least I'm not the only one having problem. thanks to everyone who wrote in now my mom will believe that it's not me it's the stupid piece of crap car.

9th Feb 2005, 21:35

I have a 1996 Ford Contour 1996 GL.I've had her for four months. She has 128,000 miles on it. The problems that have gone wrong with it include:

The O2 sensor needed to be replaced a month ago.

After the last blizzard we had, the car has felt shaky when going over bumps-either the rear struts, shocks or coil spring needs to be replaced-getting that fixed tom.

Tonight I was getting onto the highway and around fifty mph she jumped and the gear change was jerky- guess ill have my mechanic look at that too tomorrow.

I hope nothing else happens to my car-I actually do like the peppy little thing- but after reading everyone elses comments -I'm not so sure.

The cupholders SUCK!!!

23rd Jul 2005, 16:44

I own a 95 Ford Contour GL. So far it has been the worse car I have ever owned. I've had the car for about 1 year. I bought it with 46000 miles. The first month I had it the cooling fan caught on fire and burnt up most of the wires and relays in my power box. $300 later that was fixed. Then my starter went out, power steering pump went out, and my battery cracked open because of the constant shaking. $500 later that was fixed. Now my transmission changes gear everytime I drive the car more than 30 minutes or if it's a hot day 10 minutes. I learned a little secret about the transmission deal though, if you turn you're a/c on while your driving, the transmission won't slip, but its kind of hard to do that when the a/c and heater don't work. Now my blower motor went out. This will be the first and last ford I ever buy. I was always told that the contour is one of the best ford cars you can buy, good gas mileage, fast car for a 4 cyl., and its not as easy to blow the motor. Well they were all wrong.

16th Aug 2006, 09:58

I have a 98 Contour and I got it in Sept. 02 It had 80,000 miles on it. It was paid off this year of 06. In June I had a tune, spark plugs replaced, alignment, and two new tires. My grandmother spent 500.00 on that piece of crap. Ever since then that thing has gone down hill it seem that it the transmission going at different speeds it jerks real bad and it is slipping. I wouldn't recommend for anyone to buy a Ford. I am now looking for my a Toyota a car that's built to last unlike Contours.

22nd Sep 2006, 07:12

I have a 1995 Ford Contour GL 4 cylinder. I've had it four years. True, the drink holder sucks, but I have spent very little money on repairs for this car. I bought it used, and I drive it to work everyday. It's great on gas. It's dependable, and I live in Michigan where the winters are harsh. I've been down many a dirt road with this little car. I love it. I love Fords. It's got 153,000 miles on it so far. Like a Timex, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Margo from Michigan.

1st Dec 2006, 18:10

Very interesting reading. There seems to be a multitude of similarities here, don't you think? Here's some inside info from an automobile technician with 15 years experience:

There is a Ford TSB (technical service bulletin) for the 1995 Ford Contour with the 2.5 liter V-6 engine. This probably pertains to those of you out there with the electrical problems (ie. stalling, no starts, running rough). Have the underhood wiring harness checked, some of it, if not all of it, will have wires that are falling apart and touching together. This will wreak havoc on the vehicles computer and electrical components. As far as repairs, it's not worth it. Replacement wiring harness is over $800, and labor would be in the $800 to $1000 range. Save your money, buy a Toyota or Honda. Just my 2 cents...

15th Apr 2011, 11:16

I LOVE my 1995 Ford Contour GL. The motor sounds smooth and great. But the water pours back out as fast as I pour it in. So it is sitting on my property not being used until fixed. It had a water pump put on in 2008. The mechanic checked it out and said the water pump, hose, and belt are fine. He said it had a cracked head / block, and to save money I should get a used motor. Doesn't make sense if the motor sounds great! I can move it around on my property. It starts up immediately. I am wondering if he really checked out the hose and the water pump. I bought the car in 2007. It has been a great little car. I will add that even new vehicles that come with a warranty have had major defects and parts have to be replaced.

I am still having my car checked again by another mechanic soon.