1998 Ford Contour User Reviews

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    1998 Ford Contour 4 Dr GL SedanReview
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    10 Years Old As Of June '97 W/ 125,000+ Miles — This car was great, until I made the last payment on it. In the 61st month the tranny gave out. It's like it had a timer that was set and as soon as we paid it off, everything started to crap out. Still, it got me back and forth from Auburn to Columbus for 2-1/2 years (85 miles a day, 5 days a week).

    Pros: Reasonable mileage, Decent looking for it's time

    Cons: HP, acceleration, dependability

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    1998 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE SedanReview
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    Love/hate Relationship. — Great car overall. Decent performance. I had the 5 speed 2.5 V6 24V (fell in love with this engine), with eibach springs, koni struts, K&N cone filter, and other ford racing parts. I had some great Montreal/Toronto trips on the 401.

    Pros: Comfort, sporty chassis, smooth and torquey engine.

    Cons: repairs after repairs... O2 sensors, waterpump, alternator, A/C, IMRC, IAC, exhaust gaskets....

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    1998 Ford Contour 4 Dr SE SedanReview
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    Cheap, Sporty, And Practical--what More Could You Want? —

    You wouldn't know to look at it, but this modest little sedan has a beast under the bonnet. The 2.5L Duratec V6 develops 170hp, which endows the car with some spirited acceleration. Brakes are responsive, linear, and adequately powerful, though I hate to see rear drums on a car that is branded as a sport model. Oh, well. The suspension gives a great balance between ride comfort and handling. It feels stable and planted in hard turns, though I admit I have yet to push it close to its skid pad rating of 0.90g. The shocks seem to be tuned for smoothing out irregularities in the road surface more than anything else; medium-to-large sized bumps can feel jarring. The interior is fairly quiet at speed, with minimal intrusion from road and wind noise. The engine can get loud at high revs, but you can't complain when it sounds this good! The exterior styling has stood the test of time well--it doesn't look as "old" as other cars from its model year. A sleek (but unfortunately nonfunctional) spoiler graces the trunk lid. The interior is a different story. Almost every surface is upholstered in soft grey fabric, which is nice to touch, but pretty boring to look at. Comfort-wise, the seats are supportive, and the driving position is perfect. Every power feature you could expect in a 1998 car is present (though buyer beware: most are options). Build quality is difficult to judge on such a young car (so far only 25k on the odometer). Suffice it to say it hasn't fallen apart yet. Gas mileage is good--wait for it!--for a V6--designed in 1993. I will just state it outright: 19 mpg city, 26 highway (my own figures). It is rated for 22/28, so perhaps driving very conservatively (and without that ice-cold air conditioning), one could do better. In any case, not a high point of this vehicle. Most importantly, though, this car is a blast to drive. The combination of power, responsiveness, and comfort is unparalleled for a car of this type. If you are looking for a cheap sporty car that is also practical enough to be a family hauler or daily commuter, look no further than the 1998 Ford Contour Sport.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Great acceleration, handling and comfort.

    Cons: Poor gas mileage

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    Love This Car — love the ride, smooth stops, and comforty seat are cloth and nice,, good breaks and very smooth ride ,, nice stero. love the color blue with graey interior,,, fun to drive. gift from my bf,,, best car i have ever owned,,, all mine

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: cloth seats and good stereo

    Cons: seat hard to move

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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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