1998 Ford Contour consumer reviews

$14,460 starting MSRP
side view of 1998 Contour Ford
68% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.7
  • Interior 3.4
  • Performance 3.6
  • Value 3.6
  • Exterior 3.5
  • Reliability 3.6
Explore the 1998 Ford Contour

Most reliable, sporty Ztec 2.0 L, economical car

This car has a very good and reliable Ztec 2.0 L engine, and very comfortable ride, good for commuting and long distance drive. Very economical with 30-35 mpg.


Not reliable

This vehicle is junk i bought it for 1200 dealer have me 300 back. I have been having issues ever since, it jerks going down the highway and smells One smoke


Ahead of Its Time

I bought my Ford Contour SVT for about $1,000 and it was a steal. I learned how to drive manual in this vehicle. This car was the best front wheel drive vehicle for the winter with or without decent tires. The exterior looked newer than a 1998 in my opinion and a few friends of mine, for sure ahead of its time. Quick, easy, and fairly cheap maintenance on this vehicle. This was the best first car and I definitely got my moneys worth. The contour was replaced by the Ford Focus which is just as an amazing car! Highly recommend used Contour SVT and the Ford Focus.


Great car

This is a Great car. It has very low mileage for its age. It has a sporty look because of its spoiler. It is an extremely comfortable ride.





Excellent Car!

I have had my 1999 SVT Contour for about 2 years now and purchased it with 71,xxx miles now im at 110,xxx and this thing has been great! Being a car enthusiast i don't mind doing some of the maintenance this car requires IE: UMI cleaning, sunroof gear exc. Even after racking 40k miles on this car ive never had it break down, or give me any trouble mechanically. Now of course ive had to put money into it but its a 15 year old car, so struts wheel bearings, tie rods are always a given and its not the cars fault. MPG usually sits around 22 city and 27 highway, the car is an absolute BLAST to drive! Handles like its on rails and is pretty quick and will put a smile on my face every time i drive it. Overall i love the car and will keep driving it until it becomes a decently high mileage car!


Great car!

I have read a lot of negative reviews of this car but the bottom line is, it doesn't matter what kind of car you buy, if it's not taken care of, it will break. People keep saying "I had to spend XXX dollars to get this fixed, and XXX to get that fixed, DON'T BUY". Car parts wear out. It's like taxes, you can't avoid it. Sometimes you roll the dice on a car and you lose. I've had my Contour for a while now and besides a bit of rust (which I've repaired myself) I haven't had any major problems with it. If you think there is a magic car out there that you can buy and not spend ANY money on it other than gas, let me know what it is. 4/5 for this car. The interior/exterior style isn't the greatest, but it drives nice and is decent on gas.


great car

My 1998 contour is great it has 2.0 4 cyl. which is good on gas 26 city 32 highway. I've had an 1999 escort wagon and a 1997 mercury tracer neither can compare to the contour which is much nicer! The contour rides and handles better then both the other cars.The tranny shifts smooth and the engine has plenty of power to go. People are right about the back seat is a little tight and one cup holder is to little! Other wise really nice car for the money, so take advantage of low resale value..


Ghastly Vehicle

The Contour is unrelentingly unreliable. If you must buy one, plan on about $300 to $400 a month in repairs. Plan on being stranded by the car. It isn't very fuel efficient. Comfort isn't bad. The ride is busy. It handles decently. Power from the 2.0L engine seems insufficient. The cars come with a lot of European made parts, partially explaining all the troubles. The Contour is not a car you'll be happy with.


Bad car

I bought a 1998 Contour with less than 100k miles on it. About a year after owning it with no problems, things started to break. The radio stopped working, the dash board intermittently failed, then of course the check engine light was on constantly. Not to mention I had to replace water pump, alternator and a leaky brake cylinder. Replacing the exhaust system was sort of expected since that was because of how old the car was, not really based on the number of miles of use on it. What ultimately ruined the car (with just over 100k on it) is a spark plug was arcing to another cylinder (is the way I understood it from my mechanic's explanation) making the car impossible to drive. I am not sure it was even repairable but by this time I was sick of repairing it so I didn't even attempt to.