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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 413 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

Best car i have ever owned!!

By on Sunday, December 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,100

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"HAS ONLY NEEDED THE USUAL THINGS YOU WOULD DO ON ANY CAR YOU OWNED LIKE TIRES OIL CHANGES PLUGS & WIRES AND SO FORTH NEVER ANY TROUBLE WITH IT."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Good first car for anyone

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable if taken care of, mpg, handling, comfy"

Cons: "Not fun to work on, rust, not good in snow/ice"

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

"Wonderful car for getting around and cheep to own. I highly recommend this car for any first driver. It's cheap so if you hit something or get hit its not expensive and it's bound to need something fixed so you can get get experience working on the thing. Personally I find it very comfy inside and fun to drive. The engine feels a little underpowered and really roars when you floor it. If taken care of it will last a good long time, I've had mine for a couple years got a ton of miles on it. Previous owner used it to drive across the country and its still going. Gets great mileage, gotten 32 hwy once :) handles well in the country or in mud but not well at all in the snow. Over all a fun little car that I highly recommend to first-time drivers as it's cheap and fun and will teach you how to work on a vehicle and nothing is really too expensive to fix."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great Value, Reliability and Performance But...

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handling excels, good power, reliable. USA's BMW!"

Cons: "Ergonomics, rear seat space, minimalist int."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

99 White Contour SE Sport - Nice Styling

"We bought this 1999 SE Sport in 2001 from dealer. It has been extremely reliable, only requiring (self-done) maintenance and a few age-related replacements (fuel pump, battery, alternator, power steering pump). The performancehas always been its best feature, handling being BMW-esque. It's like driving a go-kart: you know the power/acceleration aren't phenomenal but for the scale of vehicle, you begin to feel you could challenge a Ferrari! I've always found Ford seats to be comfortable and despite minimal padding to save space, these are survivable even on long journeys. It's biggest downside, though, is the ergonomics: cupholders too small and FORWARD of the gear-shift, no storage to speak of, center tray right under e-brake, minimalistic despite price, cramped engine bay. Still, the car has survived trans-California road-trips, daughter's college years and my neanderthal speed-shifting without issues. It's still on the original clutch! It out-does (out-DID) neighborhood 'rice-rockets' stock! I'm thinking of adding a turbo or converting to electric IF it ever dies!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

99 White Contour SE Sport - Nice Styling

The Contour has been the best car I've owned!

By on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 171,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"My Dad purchased the car new in 1999. He took a lot of short and long road trips. I have owned it since 2005. This car has been to many states and was very reliable. It has been in the last 2 years that we have had to put money into fixing it."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

cheaply built and troublesome

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"lots of cooling fan problems and other electrical, air conditioning poor function after repair,brakes squeek, paint faded out, just plain cheap car that runs like a wounded cow"

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

MONEY PIT AFTER 2009

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "nice looking car, drives great, no fluid leaks"

Cons: "MONEY MONEY MONEY U SPEND"

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

"What more can I say, I should have sold it, but when you don't have finances to go into another car you keep supporting the one you have. MECHANICS SAY IT IS A NIGHTMARE TO WORK ON COMPARED TO TAURUS THE SAME YEAR."

2 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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