1996 Ford Contour User Reviews

1996 Ford Contour Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 18 1996 Ford Contour reviews.

Tyson writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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5

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Fuel economy, durability, and cost

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Plain styling, Ford headlights, tight engine quarters

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Best Car I've Ever Had..... — This has got to be the best car I have ever owned. This car is pushing 167k and since I've owned it thier has only been three problems besides the standard maintaince that is required for ever automobile. The first is the headlights. This appears to be a common problem with Ford vehicles. My '88 Mustang, 94' T-Bird, Wife's 94' Tempo, Cusin's 95' Probe, and my buddies 96' Ranger. The lights allow moisture in "bad seals" and lenses hav a cloudy foged over look. The second is the hvac switch for the fan. Only the low and high settings work. The last is the interior lights. They seem to have a mind of thier own. They work off and on with no reason why? Other than those few and minor flaws it is hands down the best value I've ever had in an auto. If anyone is strapped for cash and needs a good car pick one up...

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Steve writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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Crampt

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1996 Ford Contour — Bought this vehicle when I lived in Kansas City so my wie could have a better car to drive. It was fuel efficient, was comfortable, but became crampt for longer trips. What I did like about this vehicle is that we walked away from a 80 mph hit from a drunk driver. The unitized build literally save our lives. This would be a good starter car for a new driver.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Rory writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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5

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Handling

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Power

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Homeless-man's Bmw 3-series — The Contour was my first car, bought it in 2002 for $5500 when I was 17, and I loved it when it wasn't being fixed. Cost me alot of money in repairs, although nothing huge failed on it before I got rid of it. It had a very firm, sporty ride and handled extremely well, very fun to drive on twisty roads. It was the V6 SE model and it was Teal in color, which wasn't my favorite attribute I'll admit. If it wasn't for how unreliable it had been I'd probably have kept it awhile longer while I looked for a new car, but I'm very happy with it's replacement.

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Stephan writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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cost

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build quality

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Not Bad But Svt`s Better — Performance didn`t scared me. Braking was okay and handling was good. Build quality is good too. Appearance: interior is classy while exterioir looks like an escort. Cost and gas mileage are low. If you have to buy a contour, try to find an SVT. SVT won`t deceive you.

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Mike writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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4

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good on gas for a V6, good vision lines

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some minor mechanical and electrical problems, crappy cupholders

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A Car That Does Its Job — The car is good, takes you to where you want to go, and is mostly reliable with maybe the odd quirk here and there.

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Andrew writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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4

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Decent power in the corners.  Spacious interior.

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Poor power off the line, poor acceleration.

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Decent Enough Car To Recommend To A Friend. — poor acceleration of the line, but rides decent at 70 mph. decent handling even when you power into the corners. the 2.0L engine could use a few more horsepower, and maybe more torque. decent interior space for a small car

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matt writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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5

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Build quality, reliability, handling, styling, longevity, durability.

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Platform age (hasn't been produced since 2000), automatic transaxle dogs the 4-cyl,

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10.5 Years, Never A Bad Time. — The car was as slow as death in a straight line, but it handled better than you could possibly hope for in a sedan. Communicative, light, and nimble; the Contour is very well-known by enthusiasts as one of the best handling sedans ever made. The build quality was very impressive, and the car was extremely reliable. The Zetec motor was strong and smooth, but the 4-speed ATX killed whatever guts it had. While the trans shifted smoothly and competently, the 5-speed manual is a MUST for fun-loving drivers. The car was 14 years old when it finally was donated, and didn't have a spot of rust.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Michael writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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its a Sedan

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Its not that sporty...

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No — Needs some work. drives smooth. its been sitting for half a year and has no major rust from it. Started right up after charging the battery. Not so sure about the gas mileage. Fun little car to drive. Cant wait to fix it up!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jeremy writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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nothing

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its crap

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Blah — worst car ever ......thats prestty much the entire story...just a piece of junk that did not lost a week without breaking down in to a million pieces....brakes, transmission, new wheels.....need further? pretty much rebulit the damn car

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Andy writes:
1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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4

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Performance, space, gas mileage, durability.

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Styling isnt that great but its a 4 door sedan.

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1996 Ford Contour Gl — This car is very suprising. I drive my girlfriends all the time and to be honest it is a total sleeper. Great interior, great gas mileage, and good performance. Ive actually seen a teenage girl outrun a grown man uphill in one of these... he was in a new mustang gt convertible. I was shocked. It is also great for a family car it seats 4 comfortably or 5 well not so comfortably. A giant trunk I mean huge could be a mafia car. I actually got this thing to do a donut not that impressive but it is when your driving a front wheel drive 4 cyl.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Reviews From Other Years

2000 Ford Contour Reviews

Contour By James

Well Its a FORD so its gotta be a great car the power of this cars 2.5L v6 is kinda slugish in the low RPM Range but get it wound up past 3500 and shes ready to go. I love driving this car and I would... Read More

Best Car I've Owned By Mandy

I have the V6, and I absolutely love it! I average 24 mpg, and I am pretty hard on it. It is much faster than the 4 cylineder, and I have had almost no problems. Performance is great for a sedan. ... Read More

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1999 Ford Contour Reviews

Worst Car I've Ever Had By Kidd1214

This is the worst car I've ever had . For a 2.5l v6 the engine sucks . The dash peels back cause ford sucks and pretty much the rest of the car is freaking terrible . I can't wait till I get a new car... Read More

Best 900 Bucks I Ever Spent By Jeff

Performance: Lots of power for a economy 4 door because of the 2.5 v6 Plus it has a 5 speed so you have the fun factor. Build quality: I got it as a reconstructed car and there is very little damage b... Read More

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1998 Ford Contour Reviews

Reliable To Be Driven For 16 Years By demouyja

I like how it has been running for 16 years, and I like how it drives, It gets annoying though when the transmission slips, and also when the speedometer doesn't work, neither does the gas gauge, but ... Read More

Good For Beginner Drivers, Make Sure To Find One With Low Mileage And Check The Tranny, Belts, Etc.. By Ryan

Overall it's a good beginner's car for those learning to drive since it's small which makes it easier to maneuver and park. It has just the right amount of power and acceleration for a beginner. The h... Read More

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1997 Ford Contour Reviews

Runs Good, Needs Some Work. By Adam

It just has a 4-banger 2.0L 65,000 miles on it. It runs alright but, we got a motor swap, same motor & tranny. the motor died at 50,000 miles. Its not to fun to drive. Runs good tho. The interior smel... Read More

An Awesome Car. By Joel

Despite being a lowly GL ATX I4, this car was fun to drive and very comfortable. The build quality was somewhat mediocre, and reliability was overall good, but the CD4E ATX seems prone to catastrophi... Read More

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1995 Ford Contour Reviews

Great Car For Everyday And Solo Roadtrips, Would Recommend A Well-maintained One. By Austin

Given to me by my dad for college, it was great. Still today it is the best handling car I've driven regularly. The V6 DOHC was perfect for the car, great for highway driving. Not much space, howeve... Read More

Great Second Car. By escort88

Great car for the runs to the store and small trips. Dependable vehicle with minor repair being the only problems. Cramped space when working in the engine compartment. Easy to customize with your ... Read More

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