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While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 08, 2006 12:31PM
... and seeing as how there seem to be so many car experts here...

What can you guys tell me about the 1995 Ford Contour? Good? Bad? Ugly? It seems the reviews on this model are decidedly mixed.




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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: Jp!
Date: August 08, 2006 12:50PM
I know it has air filter and the battery is behind one of the front tires. smiling smiley
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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: August 08, 2006 01:00PM
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Jp!
I know it has air filter and the battery is behind one of the front tires. smiling smiley

That is the Dodge Stratus, and its siblings JP.

BGnR



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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 08, 2006 01:08PM
Jeez, what is it with you guys today?

So far, best I've found is this: [en.wikipedia.org] ... but of course doesn't have any reviews. (I don't know yet whether the car in question is the GL, LX, or SE... it can't be the SVT, since it's a 1995 model.)




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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: Jp!
Date: August 08, 2006 01:08PM
I thought for sure the contour was behind the front wheel, too.
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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: August 08, 2006 01:14PM
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Jp!
I thought for sure the contour was behind the front wheel, too.

Nope, but it is a Euro Spec battery, which means it is shorter, less height because the hood slopes down very sharply. The only way to make a Spiral Cell Optima battery work is to lay it down. No, it won't leak.

BGnR



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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: August 08, 2006 01:15PM
[contour.org]

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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: Jp!
Date: August 08, 2006 01:19PM
I know the driver's seat is behind the front wheels.

Can you point me to a picture of the battery in the engine compartment? (I'm installing Visual Studio and can't look away too much smiling smiley )
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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: mick e
Date: August 08, 2006 01:25PM
Put it this way. The Contour and it's sister car The Mercury Mystique have the dubious nicknames "Ford Can't Tour" and "Mercury Mistake".




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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 08, 2006 01:26PM
BGnR, yeah, I saw that site too. But a bunch of enthusiasts aren't really going to be exactly balanced in their perspectives on this car...




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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: August 08, 2006 01:35PM
PB, what do you want to know that Edmunds, or MSN Auto haven't told you?

If you want something reliable, get a Honda, or Toyota.
Do not get a domestic vehicle.

BGnR
You want reviews?
Go to the car magazine websites, they have their old reviews available onsite. Also, you don't even know what the car model/transmission/engine/options are.



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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: August 08, 2006 01:37PM
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PeterB
BGnR, yeah, I saw that site too. But a bunch of enthusiasts aren't really going to be exactly balanced in their perspectives on this car...

They aren't like MacHeads, they are ruthless about the car, they will be straight out. They are not MacApologists.

BGnR



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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 08, 2006 01:57PM
Ah, think I found the answer to my own question: [www.fordcontour.org]

Edit: these people are nuts.




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/08/2006 02:00PM by PeterB.
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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: August 08, 2006 02:17PM
The car magazines liked them (Ford Contours and to a lesser extent Mercury Mystiques) reasonably well when they were introduced, but they were universally criticized for their lack of rear seat head room because they had much less than the European Ford Sierra and domestic Ford Tempo that they replaced.

Ford Focii are roomier and much more fun to drive.
Ford Taurii are roomier and dirt cheap to buy used, earning them the title of "the Bic lighter of used cars" (You buy one, use it until it quits, throw it away, and buy another one in a different color).

Ford Contours use a BCI Group 40R battery mounted underneath the hood.
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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 08, 2006 05:05PM
The contour/mystique were the replacements for the Tempo/Topaz.
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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: August 08, 2006 08:23PM
I watched a Contour blow it's trans all over the track ay Byron, IL dragstrip about 9 years ago. Stopped the races for about a half hour while they cleaned up the mess - idiot didn't come to a stop, he coasted, oiling the track for 200'.

And yes, the Mercury Mistake is a common nickname for them. :>)



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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 08, 2006 09:15PM
you need a turbo volvo. like this one:

[videos.streetfire.net]
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Re: While we're on the subject of cars...
Posted by: Pat
Date: August 08, 2006 09:23PM
Recalls for that model year:

[www.automotive.com]

From what I've read, it seems it was more of an unpopular car than an unreliable one.
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