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1998 Ford Contour SVT User Reviews

1998 Ford Contour SVT Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 20 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"power" 11 reviews
"speed" 9 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"wire" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Billy writes:
1998 Ford Contour SVT 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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5

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The paint suspension and performance

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Sits to low to drive all year around and takes premium fuel

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My 1998 Contour Svt — I love this car. Turns heads everywere i go and it has good power fot the size of the vehicle. I know these cars like the back of my hand and they are so easy to work on if you know what you are doing. The exhaust on this car sounds mean and it has enough bite to go along with its bark.

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Chris writes:
1998 Ford Contour SVT 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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5

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FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

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NONE, NONE, NONE!!!  except for the potential water pump problem, which is because of ford's ingenious plan to use plastic instead of metal impellors.  could really use a sixth gear...or possiblyt a taller fifth gear.

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Cannot Go Wrong — Where to start??? I LOVE THIS CAR!!! Everything about this car is wonderful! It handles great, accelerates excellent, brakes superbly. I paid $1450 for this car with 142K on the odometer. It sure doesnt act like it has that high of mileage. As soon as i got home from buying the car, i did a little research on the car and found out that it is actually a 1998.5 and is one of 2050 built for that year, and one of 779 that were black!!! I think i made out fairly well on this particular deal. The interior is Midnight Blue leather and is very comfortable, both front and rear seats :-) Ad as far as gas mileage, can't quite get a real feel for it considering i am having waaaaay too much fun driving it! its rated at 20/29 mpg, which is about what ive been averaging. Like i said earlier, everything about this car is superb! It is almost too fun to drive. the motor revs freely, shifts are quick and precise, brakes actually stop (unlike my previous car) and the ride quality for having a sport suspension is quite forgiving. I havent driven a car which is this exhilerating to drive, and it wants to be driven, begging to go faster and turn harder. I plan on keeping this one for a while!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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SVTChris writes:
1998 Ford Contour SVT 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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Quick and good gas Mileage

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Factory defects - Wiring

SVTChris
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Great Car For The Money! — Performance is awesome when it's running right. I was quite surprised at how quick it was. Handles pretty well for a four door sedan. I'm sure some performance part could improve that if one wanted to invest the money Ford had a lot of trouble with wiring issues on these cars mine included. I had a lot of wiring replaced and I'm still replacing when I discover bad wiring. The car looks pretty good actually again for a four door car. The ground effects really changes the look and gives it a nice sport look. Interiors are really pretty nice as well. Leather and basically loaded. Pretty good gas mileage. Mine gets an average of 26 MPG depending on how I drive it. Maintenance is relativly low other than finding the wiring problems. Haven't replaced any major parts yet. It is very fun to drive. Quick off the line which I love. When I think of selling the car I always think that I would struggle to find a better car for the money and as fun to drive!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
1998 Ford Contour SVT 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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5

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nimble

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rough

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Awesome — I like my car. It has 143000 miles on it but it still runs great. Its got about 205 HP. It handles amazing it will go around any corner. Its not to bad off the line but it could be better. Its a pretty sweet looking car for stock, but i would like to put some other stuff on it

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Tom writes:
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4

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everything

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i got rid of it

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Awesome — one of the best cars ive owned. the special veichle team out did themsevles with this car. plenty of power through the rpm range. kind of hard to find one of these for a reasonable price, but well worth every cent.

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

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Rob writes:
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28mpg and 200hp

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a little heavy.

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Second Time Owner. — This being my second one, I fell in love with it. The motor is a little picky, but shes quick, good gas mileage, and not many issues with it. I love how these cars look with the SVT appearance kit on it. Maintenance costs aren't too bad, and this car is ALWAYS a blast to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jim writes:
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Very fun car to drive

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Known electrical issues with wiring harness etc...

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Fun Car, But Not For Those Who Do Not Do Their Own Work On Vehicles — it is a very fun car and I get a lot of comments about it. It does have it's share of gremlins though. The original owner did not get the wiring harness replaced on the recall. It has been very touchy on emissions also. As much fun as it is, I would likely not recommend this car unless I was sure the owner could work on it themselves or it would cost them a lot of money.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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TdylanSvt writes:
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Fun and fast

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1998's transmission is not that great

TdylanSvt
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Its Fun Get One! — Its a fun car its a four door fast and has some style great car for being under 25,000 when it came out and smokes most v6 sports cars and some v8's even 3 break wears out fast and it still with all its power can get 300 to a tank.

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

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Joey writes:
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3

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Standard Shift, Decent Acceleration

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Ford, Too Small

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Ehhh, Not Bad — I like this car, however i have put it through the mill. It has more body damage than Ken Griffey Jr. and some mechanical problems. It is a fun car to drive overall because of the fact that it is standard shift and pretty quick, however the overall aesthetics of the car fall short of perfection

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joshua writes:
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5

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fast and good handling

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stupid location on seat release for trunk

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Bad Ass Ride — Overall this car has amazing handling, great acceleration, and i good top speed i have gotten it to 145 with about another 1000 rpm left to go so im guessing like 148 or so. Its a gorgeous car with very luxurious interior. the only thing i dont like is how the seat releases to get in the truck are in the trunk haha

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

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2000 Ford Contour SVT Reviews

Overall Well-manufactured Vehicle By Volami

A thrill to drive, bites the curves. I just bought the car so 0 repairs so far. My 98 svt had no major problems. Pleasing appearance inside and out. On the down side, w/gas prices, premium fuel gets e... Read More

It's My 4-door Mustang. By Chase

My SVT has been a good car. It has great acceleration (ultra responsive), good top end speed (i've hit over 140mph), great exhaust note, nice tight steering, and great all-around handling (especia... Read More

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1999 Ford Contour SVT Reviews

Rare Svt Vehicle By Jay

Drives like a dream, passes all perfomance tests, great looks, 5 speed, huge engine into small sedan, lots of power, love the looks, from headlights to the dual exhaust, roar of the engine and feeling... Read More

Fun Car. By Justine

Overall it's a nice car. It accelerates pretty quickly and the handling is okay. It's got some years on it so it has needed repairs. I'm not to keen on the leather interior but I guess that's a good t... Read More

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