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1997 Ford Contour

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Overall Rating
7.1
Out of 10

Based on 399 Ratings for the 1995 - 2000 models.

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  • Value
    7.7/10
    Quality
    7.4/10
  • Reliability
    7.8/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    7.5/10
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THIS IS A SECOND OWNER CAR BOTH WITH SENIOR STATUS

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "FORD HAS DISCONINUED PRODUCTION"

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

"VERY GOOD HANDLING, SPORTY AUTOMOBILE"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good Transportation, Clean Interior, Good on Gas

By on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good Maintenance, Drives nice, Clean Interior"

Cons: "Paint is fading, scratches, dents"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"One owner car with all scheduled maintenance, have receipts. Drives great. Engine is smooth and runs effortlessly. Excellent engine and transmission. Paint is fading and scratches in some parts of the car. Good for college student needing a first car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great little car . Great price.

By on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Minus the rust I would still recommend this car"

Cons: "Not fond of cloth seats, but they were comfortable"

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

"This car owes us nothing. It started out as our youngest daughter's first car. We bought it used from a dealer. Our daughter had a few minor fender benders and some repairs. It still looks good on the outside and not bad at all on the inside, We took good care of it. It was good on gas and it has lasted and been reliable up until today; 2014. It has 183,000 miles on it, but unfortunately there is rust underneath the car; the main cross bar. At this point, fixing it would not make much sense. I guess it's time to say goodbye to our little red contour."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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