I started off owning a 1989 Ford Tempo, that turned out to be a piece of junk that literally died on me just over a year after I got it. I vowed them to never own a Ford again. I then bought a 1991 Nissan Sentra for 600 dollars with 158,000 miles on it. Talk about problems. I was always changing something on it, and that car was expensive. Fuel Pump, front Axels, Exhaust System, Ball Joints, Tie Rods, UGH! 192,000 miles on that car and 4 years later, I knew I needed a new car. My boyfriend's father is a Contour fanatic. His wife owns a mystique, he has a contour, and his son drives a mystique. Well, he knew I was in the market for a newer car, and Ebay brought to us, a 2000 ford Contour with 118,500 miles on it. A few aesthetic problems were all we seemed to see on the car when we bought it....but since then...the car's been going downhill very fast.
For starters: The transmission just recently started being jumpy. I can go to accelerate from a stop, and not move, but then suddenly jerk forward. My check engine light comes on, and my Camshaft position sensor is faulty, causing some serious idling problems. I get that fixed. I decide to get some of the basic tune up stuff done......turns out the spark plugs had NEVER been changed. They were corroded to no end. Then the car starts to overheat when I'm driving in the city, but not the highway. Turns out the fan that turns on when the engine gets hot stopped working. The trunk leaks in the car as well, and the guy lied to us about it. It was a little wet when he told us that they'd just cleaned it out. I also got my oil changed, and we figured out the oil pan is not the original one on the car and was not sealed properly.
It's just one thing after another. I'm so frustrated with this "new" car My goal was to get rid of some of these problems, and these problems have been worse in the last few week....than the ones I had with my Nissan.