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      05-21-2012 11:52 PM #1
      Just as the title says,

      I've lusted for an SVT Contour ever since I rode in one back in high school. Well I sold my ATV, which gave me the ability to go out and find a new toy.

      What I found was an ultra-clean SVT Contour with incredibly low miles. I've put my offer in on it, and am hoping to get the paperwork rolling sometime either tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest.

      So my question to TCL is this, what should I be looking out for? What are the weak links on these cars? Anybody ever owned one?

      Also, in the interest of the time warp nature of the car in question, I have absolutely NO PLANS for modding. All I want is a fun weekend ride to offset my truck every now and again.

      So TCL...hit me with it.



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      05-22-2012 12:16 AM #2
      Axles are a weak link, they can bust if you launch the car too hard too many times. The oil pick up can starve the engine if you do sustained high speed right turns but a revised pan from an Escape can fix that issue pretty easily. Sometimes you might hear some 'moosing' on cold start up but I don't recall if it is just normal operation or not.

      There are several other CSVT lurkers here. PM username Todras, he has extensive knowledge and I remember his ridiculous swaps (3.0L Hybrids and such) from my old days on Contour.org.

      I had one back in high school and early college before it was wrecked and I miss it dearly. The sound of the Duratec V6 is absolutely intoxicating. It is the best V6 sound I've ever heard, right up there with Alfas and VR6 VWs.

      Do it. It will be awesome. They are getting pretty rare now and the days of finding a clean unmolested one are numbered.
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      05-22-2012 12:18 AM #3
      If you get one, make sure it doesn't have a ****ty clutch like the video you posted.

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      05-22-2012 12:28 AM #4
      oil leaks are common, and the rods are like toothpicks...but in stock form, should live a happy life...all the ones i have driven (ford dealership) all had mushy motor mounts, and weak clutches...oh yea and its called the Ford Detour


    5. 05-22-2012 01:34 AM #6
      Looks like old Ford sport sedan iron is becoming CL darlings.

      I may be adding one to my stable soon too if all goes well.
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      05-22-2012 01:39 AM #7
      Wasn't this car a frequent guest in the 'cars mechanics least like to work on' thread?
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    7. 05-22-2012 01:50 AM #8
      They were excellent cars a decade ago. I haven't seen a good one in years unfortunately and I doubt you'd find one. MOST have been hammered to death as they became really cheap and otherwise suffered (or survived, depending on your outlook) as well as the build quality of any Contour would allow.

      I'm sure a few enthusiasts didn't grow out of one to a BMW or Audi and keeps a low mileage one stashed in the garage, but don't count on finding it.
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    8. 05-22-2012 01:52 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      They were excellent cars a decade ago. I haven't seen a good one in years unfortunately and I doubt you'd find one. MOST have been hammered to death as they became really cheap and otherwise suffered (or survived, depending on your outlook) as well as the build quality of any Contour would allow.

      I'm sure a few enthusiasts didn't grow out of one to a BMW or Audi and keeps a low mileage one stashed in the garage, but don't count on finding it.
      They are out there. You just need to know where to look.
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    9. 05-22-2012 01:57 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver View Post
      They are out there. You just need to know where to look.
      You ain't finding a nice one of NOTHIN' in SoFla. Agreed?
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      05-22-2012 02:00 AM #11
      meh I think its pretty ugly and say its just as fast as a vr or slower
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    11. 05-22-2012 02:05 AM #12
      Thats because you know nothing.
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    12. 05-22-2012 02:07 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Jrod511 View Post
      You ain't finding a nice one of NOTHIN' in SoFla. Agreed?
      Agreed on that count. LOL!

      Stay tuned. I have a line on something I thought I'd never find.
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      05-22-2012 02:47 AM #14
      My advice would have been to not buy it. But that is personal preference.

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      05-22-2012 03:08 AM #15
      in for SVT.

      i remember car searching in high school (~2003), and the Contour SVT was at the top of my list. none were affordable at the time though. my parents' neighbor has an insanely clean red one that made me really start liking them - the sound alone drew me in.

      good luck, and update this when you purchase it.
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      05-22-2012 03:49 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIDamien_407 View Post
      meh I think its pretty ugly and say its just as fast as a vr or slower
      Riiiight... I'd love to see this "vr" up against a Contour SVT on a road course.

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      05-22-2012 04:36 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIDamien_407 View Post
      meh I think its pretty ugly and say its just as fast as a vr or slower
      24v would have a chance in a straight line, but not as soon as you hit a turn. 12v is not even close...
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    17. 05-22-2012 05:26 AM #18
      so there are people who look for those ugly cars...
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      05-22-2012 09:12 AM #19
      An SVT Contour is fun in a moderate time warp sort of way. They are not blazingly fast, but the handling is well sorted.

      In stock form, the engine will last. My engine lasted but the overall package had some niggling faults - wheel bearings, oxygen sensors, etc - nothing that VW owners aren't used to.

      Remove the airbox and the engine sound is absolutely intoxicating.

      If it's clean, go for it.

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      05-22-2012 09:18 AM #20
      Just sold mine to a friend... owned this one for 5 years, put 40+ thousand miles on it, and it needed nothing except for an alternator, and battery. It was a great car for me. Never let me down, drove, and sounded great... ran consistent 15.1 quarter miles. I actually miss it. I bought one new in 2000, and still own a beater one. I will agree that clean, unmolested ones are getting hard to find. I'd say go for it.


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      05-22-2012 09:30 AM #21
      I love mine (bought off Todras), but I would like to sell it as something else caught my interest. It has been reliable since i bought it, only having to rewire the speakers until now. I'm having the dealership do a front wheel bearing and the found out that I also need n axle and a tie rod end. So that's next.
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      05-22-2012 09:38 AM #22
      I had a Cougar (same underpinnings) and mine went through alternators like candy. I'm sure a better-designed aftermarket version would probably take care of it though. Intake manifold relay control (IMRC) boxes tend to go bad too, although if I recall there was a relatively inexpensive fix to keep them going a while longer.

      As someone else said, there's no room to do anything under the hood.

      As someone else said, it's probably one of the better sounding V6s America has ever had.
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      05-22-2012 09:47 AM #23
      I used to smoke my friends svt contour with my 12 valve vr6 all the time, only had a intake and exhaust. Must be ****ty vr6 drivers.

    23. 05-22-2012 09:49 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by DMACK View Post
      I used to smoke my friends svt contour with my 12 valve vr6 all the time, only had a intake and exhaust. Must be ****ty vr6 drivers.
      On a road course?

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      05-22-2012 09:50 AM #25
      Check for broken springs.

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