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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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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

Pros: Decent power in the corners.  Spacious interior.

Cons: Poor power off the line, poor acceleration.

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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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

Pros: Build Quality

Cons: Crampt

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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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

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

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

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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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.)

Pros: its a Sedan

Cons: Its not that sporty...

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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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

Pros: nothing

Cons: its crap

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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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

Pros: Performance, space, gas mileage, durability.

Cons: Styling isnt that great but its a 4 door sedan.

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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Wilma Van Gough — It was a really really good car until I took it into a couple trees. I never had any kind of problems with it. Granted I only drove it for 6 or 7 months before demolishing it. It had around 200000 miles and still ran great tho.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Ran well.

Cons: Hideous

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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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.

Pros: Handling

Cons: Power

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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My Old Car — MY car sucks. Its bulit for an old man! Performance, is modrate and good gas. The sound sysmet is not good but i am not going to put money into it. My car is not fun to drive cuz its old looking!

Pros: Free

Cons: old

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1996 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL Sedan Review
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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.

Pros: cost

Cons: build quality

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 18 1996 Ford Contour reviews.

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

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

1998 Ford Contour Reviews

1998 Ford Contour By JimMagD

The car still runs good after 209k miles and 16+ years of ownership, have performed all the maintenance work myself to save the labor costs over the years. This includes; brakes, shocks, struts, beari... Read More

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

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

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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