In 1994, the Ford replaced the Tempo with the Contour. Like its predecessor, the Contour was a compact car. Development of the Contour was a significant project for Ford. The Contour was only available as a sedan and was slightly larger than the Tempo. Their popularity is in many ways due to what they had under the hood. To help keep the engine in top shape, make sure you have a handy Ford Contour repair manual.
Originally, three trim levels were available; a base GL, a sporty SE trim, and a more luxurious LX. A 125 hp inline 2.0 L Zetec 4-cylinder engine was standard on the GL and LX models, while a 2.5 L Duratec V6 producing 170 hp was standard on SE models and made optional on the LX model. All models had a standard 5-speed manual transmission with an optional 4-speed automatic.
In 1998, Ford redesigned the Contour and added the SVT version, which utilized a specially tuned 195 hp 2.5 L V6 and was paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Moreover, the SVT Contour was given new seats and trim, bodywork, upgraded brakes, white-faced gauges, larger wheels with ultra-high-performance tires, and a retuned suspension. A dip in sales caused Ford to cut back on production of the Contour. And by 2000 only the SVT version and SE model remained. After 2000, the Contour was canceled. Many critics praised the vehicle for its V6 power and handling. After the discontinuation, buyers were directed to either the larger Taurus or the smaller Ford Focus.
Although the Contour is no longer in production, that doesnít mean you canít find them on the road. And if you ever find yourself having to work on one of these vehicles, having a Ford Contour service manual can make the job go more smoothly. Hence, go pick up yours today!