1997 Ford Contour User Reviews

1997 Ford Contour Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 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:2.6 out of 5 stars2.6 out of 5 stars2.6 out of 5 stars2.6 out of 5 stars2.6 out of 5 stars 2.6 / 5
  • Overall: 2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars 2.9 / 5

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PROS
"handling" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"build quality" 2 reviews

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Michael writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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2

Pros

Good clean looks, handling couldn't be beat.

Cons

Overall component quality was just crappy.

65

Hardly Anything Stayed Functional — This car was the first real car I drove consistently and it turned into a bit of a money pit. Aside from cracking the block (my fault), nothing absolutely major went wrong with this car - however, a thousand minor things kept happening. The brakes never lasted, the serpentine belt kept slipping or breaking, the driver side window motor broke twice... it just needed so much bandaid repair that I was sick of it by the time I sold it.

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Bradley writes:
1997 Ford Contour Review
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2

Pros

nothing really

Cons

no power, bad handling, always breaking apart

75

Buyer Beware, There Are Tons Of Better Used Cars Out There Than This One! — I was stuck with this as my first car, and I hated it. It ran horrible, only had about 105hp, and always had problems every month. If the transmission would have stayed together, and the air conditioner didn't go out every 3 weeks during the summer, it may not have been so bad. But my opinion still stands that ford stands for FIX OR REPAIR DAILY and I will never own another one. sorry

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Justin writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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3

Pros

Good space and zippy engine.

Cons

It looks too plain and boring.

75

You Can't Always Get What You Want — Ugh, the hand-me-down. But hey, I'm not gonna hate. I mean, it was given to me so hey. The performance was pretty zippy. Unbeknownst to me, it had 170hp brand new and you know what? With the 5 speed transmission, this car could book it. Unexpectedly fast for what looks like an old lady's car. Otherwise the braking was pretty good and the handling was okay. It did break down a little. But that came in the later years. Gas was okay. Wasn't the best but if driven carefully, was actually very good. And it was fun to drive. Especially when your friend in his Civic thinks he's hot stuff till he's blown away by a Ford that your mother use to drive to work everyday.

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Adam writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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3

Pros

pretty good gas mileage

Cons

just cause it smells.

75

Runs Good, Needs Some Work. — 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 smells like smoke and the rear pass. window leaks. pretty good gas mileage and needs new rear shocks & struts

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joel writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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4

Pros

Fantastic handling.

Cons

Many mechanical issues

25

An Awesome Car. — 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 catastrophic failure, and there are some well-known issues with the car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jason writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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3

Pros

its green?

Cons

it breaks alot..

35

Contour — i like the car, its nice.. but it makes alot of noise and i just dont love it.. its just a car to me.. my old cars i loved, they were like a family member this one i could car less if it caught on fire

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Abdullah writes:
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3

Pros

Its alot of fun to drive it

Cons

parts pries expinsive

25

Good Car — The handling is rubbish , performance and braking not so good, The acceleration Fairly good. My car need a lot of repairing, It has Been made well by the company, But the Previous owner was careless so i am trying to repair it as much as possible, I hope to Put a V6 engine under the hod, So it can be almost 200 HP.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ab writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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2

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performance

Cons

transmission, cng components, styiling, build quality.

25

Contour Bifuel — the car overheats and i have no check engine light on. performance is great for an old car when its not giving me a wide range of problems. My model came with the government issued CNG components which are not functional at the moment. it would be great to get it fixed but unfortunately the cost of fixing the CNG would cost about 3 times the worth of car itself :(

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kenny writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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2

Pros

Quick and Handled Well

Cons

IT HARDLY EVER RAN

65

The Broke Down Blue Tour — Performed Well Cornered Like It Was On Rails Quick Steering Broke Down Often I never could keep this car running. I owned it for 3 years and only drove it for 1. It spent several months in the shop after it broke down the day after I brought it home from the dealer.

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Mark writes:
1997 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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5

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Gas mileage, handling, reliability, AC works wonderfully.

Cons

Missing anti-lock brakes.

25

Good Car. Best 4 Cyl Engine Ever Made. — Handles well, accelerates well, great car. The engine is reliable and gets good mileage.

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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

Good, Depends On Who You Buy It From. By Charles

I bought it from a lady. I didn't get title. I got the car to work. It did good. There were minor problems, I blame more on the previous owner not taking care of it. Generally it was a good car. Read More

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

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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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1996 Ford Contour Reviews

Decent Enough Car To Recommend To A Friend. By Andrew

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... Read More

1996 Ford Contour By Steve

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 veh... 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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