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GE 1997 Ford Contour

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Specs, Warranty & Reliability

The table below shows all 1997 Ford Contour specs by style, including MPG (fuel economy), transmission details, and interior and exterior dimensions. Additionally, find 1997 Ford Contour warranty and reliability information, such as limits on bumper-to-bumper coverage and major components.

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  • Overview
    MSRP *$13,460$14,285$14,915
    Invoice *$12,609$13,074$13,634
    Engine2.0L I-4 125 HP 130 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpmStandard:2.0L I-4 125 HP 130 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpmAvailable:2.5L V-6 170 HP 165 ft.lbs. @ 4,250 rpmStandard:2.0L I-4 125 HP 130 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpmAvailable:2.5L V-6 170 HP 165 ft.lbs. @ 4,250 rpm
    TransmissionStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/OD
    Fuel Economy City23.9 mpg23.9 mpg23.9 mpg
    Fuel Economy Hwy32.8 mpg32.8 mpg32.8 mpg
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
  • Powertrain
    Engine2.0L I-4 125 HP 130 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpmStandard:2.0L I-4 125 HP 130 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpmAvailable:2.5L V-6 170 HP 165 ft.lbs. @ 4,250 rpmStandard:2.0L I-4 125 HP 130 ft.lbs. @ 4,000 rpmAvailable:2.5L V-6 170 HP 165 ft.lbs. @ 4,250 rpm
    TransmissionStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/ODStandard:5-spd man w/ODAvailable:4-spd auto w/OD
    Alternator130 amp130 amp130 amp
    Battery55 amp55 amp55 amp
    Axle RatioStandard:4.06Available:3.92Standard:4.06Available:3.923.77Standard:4.06Available:3.923.77
    Recommended Fuel Typeregular unleadedregular unleadedregular unleaded
    Fuel Tank14.5 gal.14.5 gal.14.5 gal.
    Exhaustpartial stainless steelpartial stainless steelpartial stainless steel
    Drive Typefront-wheelfront-wheelfront-wheel
  • Steering and Suspension
    RideN/AAvailable:sportAvailable:sport
    Front Suspensionstrutstrutstrut
    Front Anti-Roll Barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll barfront anti-roll bar
    Front Springscoilcoilcoil
    Rear Suspensionindependent multi-linkindependent multi-linkindependent multi-link
    Rear Anti-Roll Barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll barrear anti-roll bar
    Rear Springscoilcoilcoil
    Steeringrack & pinionrack & pinionrack & pinion
    Brakesfront disc/rear drumfront disc/rear drumfront disc/rear drum
    Vented Disc Brakesfrontfrontfront
    Wheels14.0 " steelStandard:14.0 " steelAvailable:15.0 " silver aluminumStandard:14.0 " steelAvailable:15.0 " silver aluminum
    Front TiresP185/70SR14.0BSW ASStandard:P185/70SR14.0BSW ASAvailable:P205/60SR15.0BSW ASP195/65SR14.0BSW performanceStandard:P185/70SR14.0BSW ASAvailable:P205/60SR15.0BSW ASP195/65SR14.0BSW performance
    Spare Tire and Wheelcompact steelcompact steelcompact steel
  • Seating and Interior
    Seating Capacity555
    Front Seat Typebucketbucketbucket
    Front Headrestsadjustableadjustableadjustable
    Front ArmrestsN/Acenter w/storagecenter w/storage
    Front Driver Seat Direction Controls4-way4-wayStandard:4-wayAvailable:(6-way power)
    Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls4-way4-way4-way
    Rear SeatsbenchStandard:benchAvailable:60-40 bench60-40 bench
    Rear ArmrestsN/AAvailable:centercenter
    Seat TrimclothclothStandard:premium clothAvailable:leather
    Door TrimN/AclothStandard:clothAvailable:leatherette
    Headlinerfull clothfull clothfull cloth
    Floor Trimcarpetcarpetcarpet
    Floor MatsN/AAvailable:carpeted front & rearAvailable:carpeted front & rear
    Gear Shift Knob TrimN/AAvailable:leatherAvailable:leather
  • Comfort and Conveniences
    SunroofN/AAvailable:powerAvailable:power
    Vanity MirrorsN/AN/Apassenger illuminated
    Rearview Mirrorday-nightday-nightday-night
    Glove Boxglove boxglove boxglove box
    Dome Lightfadefadefade
    Reading LightsN/AAvailable:frontAvailable:front
    Floor ConsoleStandard:partialAvailable:fullfullfull
    Cup Holderfrontfrontfront
    Instrument Panel Storagebinbinbin
    Seatback StorageN/AN/A1
    Door Binsdualdualdual
    Cargo Floor Trimcarpetedcarpetedcarpeted
    Cargo Lightcargo lightcargo lightcargo light
    Front Air ConditioningAvailable:manualN/AN/A
    Air Filterair filterair filterair filter
    Rear Heat Ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ductsunderseat ducts
    RadioAM/FM stereo, seek-scanAM/FM stereo, seek-scanAM/FM stereo, seek-scan
    CDN/AAvailable:singleAvailable:single
    Speakers444
    AmplifierN/AAvailable:premiumAvailable:premium
    AntennafixedStandard:fixedAvailable:power retractableStandard:fixedAvailable:power retractable
    Cruise ControlN/AAvailable:with steering wheel controlsAvailable:with steering wheel controls
    Door LocksmanualStandard:manualAvailable:powerStandard:manualAvailable:power
    Remote Keyless EntryN/AAvailable:keyfob (all doors)Available:keyfob (all doors)
    Trunk/Hatch/Door ReleasemechanicalStandard:mechanicalAvailable:keyfobStandard:mechanicalAvailable:keyfob
    Remote Fuel Flap Releasemechanicalmechanicalmechanical
    Rear Child Safety Door Locksrear child safety door locksrear child safety door locksrear child safety door locks
    Power Outlets111
    Driver Foot Restdriver foot restdriver foot restdriver foot rest
    Instrument Displayanaloganaloganalog
    TachometerN/AAvailable:tachometertachometer
    Water Temp Gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gaugeengine temperature gauge
    Clockin-dashin-dashin-dash
    Trip Odometertrip odometertrip odometertrip odometer
    Steering Wheeltilttilttilt
    Steering Wheel MaterialN/AAvailable:leatherAvailable:leather
    Front WindowsmanualStandard:manualAvailable:powerStandard:manualAvailable:power
    Rear WindowsmanualStandard:manualAvailable:powerStandard:manualAvailable:power
    1-Touch OpenN/AAvailable:driverAvailable:driver
    Tinted Windowslightlightlight
    Front Windshield Wipersfixed intervalfixed intervalvariable intermittent
  • Safety
    Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)Available:4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)Available:4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)Available:4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    Center High Mounted Stop Lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop lightcenter high mounted stop light
    Front Impact Airbagsdriver and passengerdriver and passengerdriver and passenger
    Panic AlarmN/AAvailable:panic alarmAvailable:panic alarm
  • Dimensions and Capacities
    Door Count4 doors4 doors4 doors
    Maximum Cargo Volume13.9 cu.ft.13.9 cu.ft.13.9 cu.ft.
    Exterior Length183.9 "183.9 "183.9 "
    Exterior Width69.1 "69.1 "69.1 "
    Exterior Height54.5 "54.5 "54.5 "
    Wheelbase107 "107 "107 "
    Front Tread59 "59 "59 "
    Rear Tread59 "59 "59 "
    Turning Radius18.3 '18.3 '18.3 '
    Curb Weight2,769 lbs.2,769 lbs.2,769 lbs.
    Max Trailer Weight1,000 lbs.1,000 lbs.1,000 lbs.
    Drag Coefficient.31.31.31
    Front Legroom42.4 "42.4 "42.4 "
    Rear Legroom34.3 "34.3 "34.3 "
    Front Headroom39.0 "39.0 "39.0 "
    Rear Headroom36.7 "36.7 "36.7 "
    Front Hiproom50.7 "50.7 "50.7 "
    Rear Hiproom45.5 "45.5 "45.5 "
    Front Shoulder Room53.9 "53.9 "53.9 "
    Rear Shoulder Room53.3 "53.3 "53.3 "
    Passenger Volume89 cu.ft.89 cu.ft.89 cu.ft.
    Interior Cargo Volume13.9 cu.ft.13.9 cu.ft.13.9 cu.ft.
  • Exterior Features
    Bumpersbody-colored with chrome insertbody-colored with chrome insertbody-colored with body-colored insert
    Bodyside Moldingsbody-coloredbody-coloredbody-colored
    Grille Moldingsbody-coloredbody-coloredbody-colored
    PaintmonotoneStandard:monotoneAvailable:monotone with badgingStandard:monotoneAvailable:monotone with badging
    Exterior Mirrorsdual manual remoteStandard:dual manual remoteAvailable:dual power remotedual power remote
  • Warranty
    Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Major Components Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Corrosion Perforation Months/Miles60/unlimited60/unlimited60/unlimited
    Roadside Assistance Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
    Accessories Months/Miles36/36,00036/36,00036/36,000
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Safety Rating

Below is the 1997 Ford Contour safety rating information and crash results as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ratings are based on a star system and can vary by style.
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  Safety data is not currently available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For a list of safety-related features, please check the Specs section.

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