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Hey all, there is this 1999 Ford Contour Sport, which I am thinking about getting as a daily driver to preserve the Tbird. It is in great condition, clean, and has 82,400 miles on it. The price is $5900.00 with taxes and tags, it would total to around 6400.00. The only thing that is holding me back now is the insurance, which would double if I get this car. Besides the insurance, are Contours good cars, do they keep value or depriciate. I still live at home :rolleyes: so It's not like i have a house payment or anything and once I turn 25, my insurance will drop. Can I have some opinions please. Nothing is serious yet, I'm just thinking about getting another car to use as a daily driver. Plus the fact that I will need some other, newer car to use as a trade in when i do finally buy a brand new car in a few years. The car is a sport, it's burgendy, V6 (all sports are V6's i think) :confused: and it is loaded....power everything and a sunroof. Thanks, Frank
 

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www.kellybluebook.com

You can find the true value on it there. Is it an automatic or a stick? If it's a stick then get all of that checked. We have a 98 SVTC and a month after we bought it the linkage went out and the syncro in 3rd was grinding. We went ahead and had the tranny rebuilt and put a new clutch in it. I'm just saying this because I've heard that the 5sp can have a few problems from time to time
 

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Well, the car is being sold at its KBB. I am now in the middle of trying to switch insurance companies, if all goes well, and i get this new policy, I will probably get the car tomorrow or the next day. I already gave the dealer $100.00 to hold it for me. Now, I'm just crossing my fingers that everything will go well. If I do get this car, I will post some pics of it. peace, Frank
 

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thats too much for a contour, should be a 3g car
 

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Ohh...contours...If it were me, I wouldn't buy one. I've heard some pretty bad stories about them, and my friend owned one for about 6 months. When something goes wrong...it goes really wrong. Just my $.02

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I'll take the chance. I want to stick with Ford and I havn't seen another decent car in my price range. I guess it's like any car. Just like our MN12's have poor breaks, head gaskets, etc. Every car has a weakness so I dunno. I need another car though with The Tbird gettin driven as much as it does, I'm trying to fix it up to show quality and mod the motor more also. Plus I would rather have a front wheel drive car to drive in snow instead of my Tbird. My mom has a 2003 Monte Carlo SS and it does excellent in snow. My friend has a 1997 or 98 Contour with 200K and he's never had any problems with it. I talked to him a few hours ago to ask about it. I'll have to see what happens, but the guy at this new insurance company "Erie Insurance" is taking forever to get back at me and Im starting to get pi$$ed. He was suppose to call me back in a little bit and that was 2 hours ago :mad:
 

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Ohh...contours...If it were me, I wouldn't buy one. I've heard some pretty bad stories about them, and my friend owned one for about 6 months. When something goes wrong...it goes really wrong. Just my $.02

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:zwthstpd: my freind has a 96 2.0 in the 2 years shes had it. lh mirror FELL OFF! the coolant tubes rotted out and took out the head gaskets and water pump. the stupid cupholders broke in half. stupid cheap hubcaps . all the timing components . 2 alternators , 2 belts and 2 tensioners, (not all at the same time either ) the shifter plate. exhaust fell off of it once . and this pos only has 70k on it.
 

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I dunno, the insurance guy just got back with me and my insurance is going to me more than i was told earlier because "Nationwide" is claiming that I was in a 2nd accident at my fault when it was 2 months ago, a car hit mine while it was parked at night. Nationwide is saying this was my fault so now i have to get in touch with Nationwide and get some kind of proof saying this incident wasnt my fault. I knew things were going too smooth to be true. Hopefully things will be normal tomorrow.

BTW, this is a Contour Sport and ih has Alloyed wheels not hubcaps ;)
 

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contours suck

once it hits 100K forget about it

My mom has one and only the driver door opens, a bungee cord holds the pass door closed, none of the windows open (the cranks just break off) etc, etc

they are junk
 

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ehh, i dunno, i'll just take the chance. My main concern is getting another car to run around in, drive in snow in, etc. Anything is better that running the hell out of the Thunderbird. Because of insurance issues, i may not get this car now :rolleyes: But if i do and it blows up, no biggy, i'll just trade it in for something else :D I can't see myself lowering to a Cavie as a dailey driver. My other options were....Probe, Taurus (SHO only), Escort (ZX2 only), 98-up Cougar, or a Contour. I looked at a ZX2 and wasnt really impressed so i dunno. I wanna stick with Ford since I've been lucky with the Thunderbird. My dad had a 1992 Econoline 150 work van, ran it up to 465,000 miles and then some lady hit it with a Grand Marquis and totaled it. The van still started up though!!. The 1989 Aerostar my parents had ran up to 360K and it was still going strong.....
 

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All you people just got a particular car that had some problems. Not all contours are like that. I have a 97 GL with 111k and it runs like a dream. All I have done to it is replace the tensionr pully, fix a brake line and a small bearing in the wheel and replace the timing belt which was due for replacment being it was regular maintence. Sure the body isn't that great but that was something the previous owner did. Contours are not junk. They are good little cars and are great on gas and puling into compact parking spots (hence the name). We also have the 98 SVT to. All that has went bad on it was the linkage and the syncro in 3rd grinding. The thing that sucked about it was in order to fix the linkage they had to drop the tranny. Their was nothing wrong with either the clutch or the tranny but we went ahead and replaced both so we wouldn't have to pay more in the future if they would go out. Like cool dude said...every car has it's perks. My bird has actually been more of a hastle and a money pit maintence wise than my contour ever has and it hasn't even rolled 90k yet. Not only do we have 2 contours, but my mother in law has a 2000 sport and it's been a great little car for her. She loves it. We also knew this girl that had a 98 lx I believe. Never had a problem. Cool dude, you go right ahead and get your contour. All you should do is get a car fax report and make sure it hasn't been wrecked. They are not bad cars. Just make sure you take care of it and you should have it for many years. Let us know when you get it. Good luck.
 

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Thunderchicken... while you may be an exception to the norm... I worked for a dealer for a few yrs ... let me tell you ... they are junk ... most hated vehicle any of us worked on. Look for a/c switch wires to burn, a/c resistor to burn, and every wiring harness under the hood. Now the SVTs are better under the hood but still have a/c wiring probs. Ive seen and done sooo many timing belts i could probably do with my eyes closed: they are still a pain in the arse.

Normally its a good car with an occassional lemon... with contours its all lemons with occassional good ones.

The headgasket thing is primarily on the 3.8s.

I think the SHO wouldve been the best choice.
 

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Thunderchicken... while you may be an exception to the norm... I worked for a dealer for a few yrs ... let me tell you ... they are junk ... most hated vehicle any of us worked on. Look for a/c switch wires to burn, a/c resistor to burn, and every wiring harness under the hood. Now the SVTs are better under the hood but still have a/c wiring probs. Ive seen and done sooo many timing belts i could probably do with my eyes closed: they are still a pain in the arse.

Normally its a good car with an occassional lemon... with contours its all lemons with occassional good ones.

The headgasket thing is primarily on the 3.8s.

I think the SHO wouldve been the best choice.
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awful little cars, those and probes and villagers and the 99 + couagrs need to all go away
 

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I too have heard of alot of electrical problems. My ex-gf has a 99 V6 auto, and it's already had it's share of problems. Very unreliable cars and I wouldn't buy one.

My 5.0 is old and has 150,000 miles and I'd predict it to be a much more reliable car than that Contour.
 

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thats too much for a contour, should be a 3g car
i agree, thats the number I figured off the top of my head, especially one with a stick.

Look on autotrader.com and get the car you want, don't settle for something just because its local.
 

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It's hard to get blue book value unless you run a car lot and sell to suckers.
I would say anything over $100 is too much for a contour unless you already have parts sold off of it. Scrap price will only yield about $60 so that's what I would offer.
 

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if your looking for a cheap reliable car, go find a nice 96-99 taurus with a 24v they are less than 5 grand and theres an abundace of them . sables too dont see hardly anythign wrong wth them , other than trannys, but thats any front drive , right alan?
 

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You should be able to find a decent Focus for that much money. I definitely wouldn't spend that much for a contour. Focuses (Foci?? :zdunno: ) depreciated a lot initially, but I think have a pretty steady value now. That way, you could pick one up inexpensively, and it should still be worth more than a contour would when it's time to trade it in. I wouldn't get a '00 or '01 Focus though unless you were sure it had all of it's "issues" resolved. My parents have both had '00 Foci, and they were pretty decent little cars.
 
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