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
"interior" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"wire" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 20 1998 Ford Contour SVT reviews.

Tom writes:
1998 Ford Contour SVT 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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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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Jim writes:
1998 Ford Contour SVT 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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4

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

Cons

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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TdylanSvt writes:
1998 Ford Contour SVT 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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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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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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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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Doug writes:
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Speed  144 MPH Stock, Easy To Figure Out What Broken.

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Compact V-6 In A Small Front Wheel Drive

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Great Car — Great Car. I would recommend one to somebody that is mechanically included. Fast. Will kick a stock 90s mustangs ass, maybe not off the line, but it will at a roll. Nice suspension. I would recommend this car to anybody.

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

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Chris writes:
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Good on gas.

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The body.

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Reliable. — I like this car because it has a v6 in it which provides some excitement. It also it a old lady car so that pretty much kills it for me because I'm not an old lady. But overall I would rate this car 3 out of 5.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ryan writes:
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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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Michael writes:
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handles great easy to drive

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want more power

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1998.5 Svt Ford Contour — bought it this summer for gas milage but turns out to be a great performing ride. handles great take the turns like its on rails. definalty a sleeper car people dont expect the quickness from it and nice top speed i have a tune computer so the revs go past 7750 so the top speed it roughly 150

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2000 Ford Contour SVT Reviews

Awesome Car But Outdated By Today's Standards By ostey

In 2000, this car was one the fastest sedans out there. Today, 200 Hp is pretty standard but it's still fun to drive. I've had very few issues with this car. The only major maintenance I had to do was... Read More

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

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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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