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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #1 (permalink)
Vince
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Ford Contour 1998

Hello,

I am considering buying a used Ford Contour SE, model 1998, and was
wondering if anyone had experience with such a vehicle. I am not too much
into Fords, but this one seems nice. I would particularly appreciate some
tips about possible problems, as well as service maintenance requirements.

Thanks a lot!
Vince
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Contour 1998


"Vince" <ventseslavk@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:pan.2005.06.04.17.20.53.683157@yahoo.com...
> Hello,
>
> I am considering buying a used Ford Contour SE, model 1998, and was
> wondering if anyone had experience with such a vehicle. I am not too much
> into Fords, but this one seems nice. I would particularly appreciate some
> tips about possible problems, as well as service maintenance requirements.


www.contour.org will have more info.

The Contour is generally a good car. I have a 1997 Contour V6 with 118,000
mi on it. It is still going strong.

Jeff

> Thanks a lot!
> Vince



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Contour 1998

Which engine?

CJB

"Vince" <ventseslavk@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:pan.2005.06.04.17.20.53.683157@yahoo.com...
> Hello,
>
> I am considering buying a used Ford Contour SE, model 1998, and was
> wondering if anyone had experience with such a vehicle. I am not too much
> into Fords, but this one seems nice. I would particularly appreciate some
> tips about possible problems, as well as service maintenance requirements.
>
> Thanks a lot!
> Vince



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Contour 1998

On Sat, 04 Jun 2005 20:24:29 GMT, "Jeff" <kidsdoc2000@hotmail.com>
wrote:

>
>"Vince" <ventseslavk@yahoo.com> wrote in message
>news:pan.2005.06.04.17.20.53.683157@yahoo.com...
>> Hello,
>>
>> I am considering buying a used Ford Contour SE, model 1998, and was
>> wondering if anyone had experience with such a vehicle. I am not too much
>> into Fords, but this one seems nice. I would particularly appreciate some
>> tips about possible problems, as well as service maintenance requirements.

>
>www.contour.org will have more info.
>
>The Contour is generally a good car. I have a 1997 Contour V6 with 118,000
>mi on it. It is still going strong.
>
>Jeff
>
>> Thanks a lot!
>> Vince


I got a 1996 2.5 for my wife last year - GREAT little car. more than
adequate power, excellent handling, decent economy, decent ride. Ours
has the leather interior - which I like - and traction control- which
automatically gives 4 wheel discs.Sun roof too.
Had to replace one front wheel bearing with 91,000 km on it,and had to
clean the injectors - but otherwise it's been a good car.
>


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Contour 1998

[This followup was posted to alt.autos.ford and a copy was sent to the
cited author.]

In article <pan.2005.06.04.17.20.53.683157@yahoo.com>,
ventseslavk@yahoo.com says...
> I am considering buying a used Ford Contour SE, model 1998, and was
> wondering if anyone had experience with such a vehicle. I am not too much
> into Fords, but this one seems nice. I would particularly appreciate some
> tips about possible problems, as well as service maintenance requirements.


As others have posted, check out www.contour.org

1998 was the first year of the redesign/down-contenting. I think the
1998's still were decent inside, with most of the decontent being
interior lighting (glove box, interior door handles) and other small
items. I think the Contour and Mercury Mystique also ended up with
identical interiors and nearly identical exteriors to cut costs. By the
final year (2000 or 2001), they were pure crappy plastic, with alot of
interior and trunk trim removed entirely.

The Duratec V6 has nice power (170hp) and gave about 20-22mpg in
city/suburban driving with automatic (I had a 1995 Mystique, the Mercury
version of the Contour.) 1998 was also the first year for the Contour
SVT (195 hp at the time). A nice hidden gem of a sports car.

I think the only main 1998 issue were the headlight switch and some
related wiring that could melt. There is/was an extended warranty on it,
not a full recall. Earlier versions had some issues with the water pump
(V6 only), gas tank (1995), and catalytic converter.

The Contour/Mystique never sold very well, probably because they were
too 'European' for most Americans. The ride is somewhat firmer than most
American cars. The 95-97 Contour SE was quite firm and very sporty. They
were based on the first generation Mondeo and were never really updated
(1998 was just a styling update, not a platform update.) The Mercury
Cougar from about 1999 to 2003(?) was a 2-door coupe version of the
Contour/Mystique.

Check out my web site in the .sig below to see info on my '95 Mystique
(which I no longer own.)

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Contour 1998


"Andrew Rossmann" <andysnewsreply@no_junk.comcast.net> wrote in message
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(...)

> The Contour/Mystique never sold very well, probably because they were
> too 'European' for most Americans.


Except that nearly 1,000,000 were sold over 6 model years (Contour and
Mystique combined). They were a Car and Drive 10Best car for 3 years. And
they were in the top 10 selling US cars for 1 or 2 years. All without much
advertising and without a wagon (like the escort had).

Jeff


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:04   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Contour 1998

well i got a 99 ford contour,2 mo ago my timing belt had broke and the car
is sitting in the driveway now with a new timing belt on it and it still
won't run abd can't find a mechanic who will work on it.When i mention i
have a ford contour they say when those cars mess up they can not be fix.
and like i said mine is still sitting in the driveway because no one will
work on it. they told me i had a cracked head and valve,but it started and
drove it but had to drive it with both feet,but up until 2mo ago i had no
problems

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:05   #8 (permalink)
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"MSFORDCONTOUR99" <grossveronica@aol.com> wrote in message
news:28e2a1dff99c1b1c57d4141194f7ee68@localhost.talkaboutautos.com...
> well i got a 99 ford contour,2 mo ago my timing belt had broke and the car
> is sitting in the driveway now with a new timing belt on it and it still
> won't run abd can't find a mechanic who will work on it.


I saw your other post. Apparently you found a mechanic who would fix, but
you took it away half-working. Then you ran it when you thought no oil was
reaching the head.

> When i mention i
> have a ford contour they say when those cars mess up they can not be fix.


Perhaps they expect to get paid a fair value for their work, and they don't
think you will be willing to pay them that.

> and like i said mine is still sitting in the driveway because no one will
> work on it. they told me i had a cracked head and valve,but it started and
> drove it but had to drive it with both feet,but up until 2mo ago i had no
> problems


Good luck.

Jeff


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:05   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Contour 1998

In article <28e2a1dff99c1b1c57d4141194f7ee68
@localhost.talkaboutautos.com>, grossveronica@aol.com says...
> well i got a 99 ford contour,2 mo ago my timing belt had broke and the car
> is sitting in the driveway now with a new timing belt on it and it still
> won't run abd can't find a mechanic who will work on it.When i mention i
> have a ford contour they say when those cars mess up they can not be fix.
> and like i said mine is still sitting in the driveway because no one will
> work on it. they told me i had a cracked head and valve,but it started and
> drove it but had to drive it with both feet,but up until 2mo ago i had no
> problems


The V6 uses chains. The Zetec 4-cylinder uses a belt. I don't think
think the Zetec is an interference engine.

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:05   #10 (permalink)
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On Mon, 6 Jun 2005 16:28:01 -0500, Andrew Rossmann
<andysnewsreply@no_junk.comcast.net> wrote:

>In article <28e2a1dff99c1b1c57d4141194f7ee68
>@localhost.talkaboutautos.com>, grossveronica@aol.com says...
>> well i got a 99 ford contour,2 mo ago my timing belt had broke and the car
>> is sitting in the driveway now with a new timing belt on it and it still
>> won't run abd can't find a mechanic who will work on it.When i mention i
>> have a ford contour they say when those cars mess up they can not be fix.
>> and like i said mine is still sitting in the driveway because no one will
>> work on it. they told me i had a cracked head and valve,but it started and
>> drove it but had to drive it with both feet,but up until 2mo ago i had no
>> problems

>
> The V6 uses chains. The Zetec 4-cylinder uses a belt. I don't think
>think the Zetec is an interference engine.


Yes, sadly it is. Occaisionally you get lucky though.
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