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Old 12-02-2009, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

Recently bought a used 1996 Ford Contour with only 89000 miles on it after my 1993 suburban died after 230,000. Well, the suburban is just taking a break until I find time to fix the transfer case. Anyhow I drive about 125 miles a day round trip and figured now was the time to take advantage of my dead truck and get me something a bit easier on the pocket book as far as gas goes.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like a smart move to me. Welcome to the site.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rainh2o -

Welcome to EM! Good choice in a car. What is your drivetrain configuration? :

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Automatic 4-spd, 4 cyl, 2.0 L, Regular Gasoline, (FFS) , CLKUP
Manual 5-spd, 4 cyl, 2.0 L, Regular Gasoline, (FFS)
Automatic 4-spd, 6 cyl, 2.5 L, Regular Gasoline, (FFS) , CLKUP
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hopefully you got the 6 cylinder 5 speed... the .5 liters doesn't make much of a difference in FE, but it helps out with low-end grunt, making it "feel nicer" to shift low.

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Old 12-03-2009, 07:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I got the 2.0, 5 speed M/T...didnt have any choice in drive train or even car for that matter, I knew I wanted a 4 cyld M/T. VW, Honda, Toyota or Ford where the only requirments for make. This one just happen to be the right price and available at the right time, my suburb died at 4 pm and I bought this one at 10 pm the same day...LOL...Im happy with it though. I once had a 91 metro when they first came out, I had wished I had kept that car over the years, who knows if I find one for the right price...
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The 4 cylinder is quite capable as well, and just feels a little choppy to me at lower RPMs, so I tend to shift a bit higher while accelerating, like around 2800-3k RPM. You can cruise at just above idle, though... ~1200 RPM.
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