1st Gen (1995 – 2000) Ford Contour Problems

The 1st generation of the Contour has a cumulative PainRank™ of 7.31. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1995–2000 Contour model years have sent in 201 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (25%) followed by the fuel system (17%) and the electrical (12%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2000 55
8.36
1999 41
10.37
1998 58
15.24
1997 15
4.24
1996 23
4.05
1995 11
1.62

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