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1997 Ford Contour

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 29/Comb 23 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Ford Contour Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.1
Out of 10

Based on 396 Ratings for the 1995 - 2000 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.6/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.4/10

300,000 miles and still drives like new

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great engine, powerful, reliable, handles well"

Cons: "Can't get them any more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Awesome car. Best car I've ever owned in the past 35 years. The V6 Duratec engine is strong and powerful, very reliable. Everything original, including original water pump, timing chain, head, struts, ball joints, etc. Car handles well and has plenty of get up and go. I've driven this car up and down the east coast, into New York many times. Handles well in all weather and passes other cars like they're standing still. Cruises great at 90+ mph. Changed oil every 3 - 4,000 miles. Ignore the "my approximate mileage is 95,000." I entered this by mistake. The actual mileage is 300,000."

Slightly dependable

By on Monday, July 14, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Moved away

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage, handles well"

Cons: "Transmission issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I bought this vehicle at 94k and sold it at 115k. I bought this car from a personal dealer so I didn't get the background info on possible previous accidents or how well it had been maintained. But as with all Ford's, it's biggest problem was the transmission. After driving a decent amount of time in the vehicle, it would shift hard. Also, they don't make the tires that go on this car anymore, so I had to buy tires that were just slightly bigger. This car does offer some things to boast about though. I owned this car in Michigan and it handled snow beautifully. It also just drove very well in general. The turn radius was large, but it was a small little car that could be parked anywhere. Though it had it's transmission problems, it still started everyday and never failed to get me where I was going, even if the transmission made it struggle to do so. I wouldn't recommend a Ford in general after my experience, but if you had this one in mind, it really isn't a bad car from short work and school commuting."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

My car works Great!

By on Monday, June 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,176

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drives great, reliable, compact, easy maintenance"

Cons: "not the best on gas."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My little car "Anna" is a go getter. She has not failed me in the 2 years I have owned her. I brought her off of Craigslist, and was quite lucky to get her. She only needs minor repairs, and is in excellent shape. Never has stopped on me, overheated, or anything. But I do wish she had a little better gas mileage, she does like to "drink". I plan to get her repainted in the future but there is no need to replace her. I bet I couldn't get a better car from a dealer. Love my Anna."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this model; easy to drive.

By on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,114

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Ford model has been and continues to be a very reliable car. Contours are no longer manufactured, but wish they were."

Great lil car

By on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Gets up pretty quick"

Cons: "Front seats could be more comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car 2months ago for 1800 bucks and doesn't need much but ac recharged and sunroof motor but fast lil car and great reliability so far I would recommend to anybody who wants a nice 5spd to drive."

New battery-needs alternator. Leaks oil top 700 mi

By on Monday, May 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Car needs a new alternator and then would be reliable. It has an oil leak and we need to top off about 700 miles."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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