I've asked this a few places with no real answer as to whether or not it's true. According to http://everything.explained.today/Ford_Contour/ The engine has had abrasive flow machining which adds 5 horsepower and the tranny has had revised syncros to address an issue in the 98s. The site lists early and late 98s separately as you can see. I'm just wondering if this is accurate information and mainly if there is any significant difference in reliability and longevity to engine and tranny due to this if it is true. Thanks.