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Is this a good deal for a Contour?

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 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) and it is loaded....power everything and a sunroof. Thanks, Frank

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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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Thanks, It's an automatic actually, but i will check out that link and see what it says!

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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

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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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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 But if i do and it blows up, no biggy, i'll just trade it in for something else 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.

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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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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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i wouldn't pay more than $2200 for a contour if i had to...but i would pay $5900 for a SVT contour...maybe...

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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?? ) 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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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?
I actually like the standard 3.0 liter,but the 24v's are nice too. Sounds about right to me.

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lol i meant about the front drive trannys being an issue, but thats ok

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Thank you all for input, opinions, etc. I'm a very stubborn guy so I'm gonna take the chance. As i said earlier, my friend has a Contour and hasn't had any problems so hopefully, mine will be a good, reliable car also. I'll get a warrenty with it and with 82K, if something does happen, it would probably happen soon while it's under warrenty. I know many of you are gonna want to: cooldude lol, but thats okay, I really like this car and it will give me a chance to save the miles on the Tbird so i can fix it up more to show and race quality. BTW, what are the 1/4, 0-60 etc on the 1999 Ford Contour Sport with the V-6? I looked at certain sites and all they gave me was the 1995 Contour 4 cylinder, which was 17.2 (1/4) and SVT Contour, which i think was 15 flat. Anybody know what the SE V-6 version is? From test driving, it does feel a bit faster than my Tbird 3.8 n/a...........Anyways, if everything starts going smooth (insurance issues, which i think is getting better) I am probably going to pick it up tonight after work.

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hehehe....I got it. I just brought it home tonight!! It's real nice too. I will post some pics when i get some. peace,

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lol i meant about the front drive trannys being an issue, but thats ok
Yeah I have owned 3 of them. I bought all three with bad transmissions. I replaced those transmission again on 2 of them. The other I had rebuilt by a buddy, it never gave me any more problems. Every Junkyard unit I have installed in one of them failed within a yr.

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So you paid double what you should have for a car that has a horrible track history?
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He got what he wanted and he knows what their history is from everyone so lets leave it at that.
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So you paid double what you should have for a car that has a horrible track history?
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Actually, I have a car fax report and it is a one owner car. Clean title, no flood and fire damage. It has never been in any accidents. I bought the car from a Ford dealership (Norris Ford) who my family has been dealing with for several years. I also got a 12K mile extended warrenty. There are several reasons I purchased this car.

1) Save miles on the Thunderbird so I can make it a show car.
2) Establish more credit.
3) I will probably have this car paid off (or close to it) once I get my tax money back.
4) With the Contour being a 99' and a more valuble car than the Thunderbird, I can use it (Contour) as a trade in on a brand new car in the next few years.
5) I am getting my life together more than ever and I am trying to move out of my peeps house and into my own house within a year or so, and I feel more secure having 2 cars incase one dies when i have my own house. (By this time, i will not afford to be on my own plus maintain a "car" if one should decide to die on me. ( for instance, say i get a house and my Tbird has 250K from driving so much, it decides to die, i wouldnt be able to afford a new car. This way i have a back up vehicle.
6) Though it may be a Contour, which many of you say is junk, I wouldnt stoop to
a Cavie or rice to drive.
7) the Ford Taurus (besides the SHO models of the 1990's) looks like a Grandmas car IMHO
8) The Contour does much better on gas (this summer, gas prices may be 2.50+ a gallon and it's front wheel drive ( better for snow in the winter)
I dunno, if I made a mistake, I will learn from my mistake and I understand this, but it's a chance I'm willing to take. I've been wanting another car for about a year now.
As i finish up here, I went to Pepboys tonight to purchase a car cover for the Tbird while it hibernates for a few more months. Thanks again for all of your input. BTW, if i ever do have problems with this car, I'd rather ask all of you what it could be instead of going to a Contour/Mystique Discussion board, so i hope none of you mind. I've noticed people here have asked questions about other makes/models so I wouldnt think it would be an issue. Other than that, wish me luck and hopefully this Contour is a decent one. The Thunderbird however will always be my car (My one and only true love ) hehehe. peace!!

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