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A sedan produced by Ford from 1995-2000, the U.S. version of the Ford Mondeo and also sold as the Mercury Mystique.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Mondeo (first generation) page on 1 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Contour and its rebadged Mercury variant, the Mercury Mystique, are North American versions of the first-generation Ford Mondeo, marketed for model years 1995-2000 as a four door sedan, replacing the Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz. Production at Kansas City Assembly in Claycomo, Missouri, and Cuautitlán Assembly started in August 15, 1994.

Derived directly from (and developed together with) the Ford Mondeo Mk 1, the Contour and Mystique shared the Ford CDW27 platform with its European counterpart. In contrast to the first Ford "world car" (the 1981 Ford Escort), the Contour was redesigned slightly to better suit American demands. The three shared major systems, including body structure, powertrain, and suspension.

While officially classified a mid-size car, the Contour was among the smallest sedans in the segment, with its interior dimensions becoming a point of criticism.

The Contour and Mystique shared two engines with the Mondeo, a 125 hp 2.0 L Zetec inline-4 and a 170 hp 2.5 L Duratec V6; the 1.8L turbodiesel of the Mondeo was never sold in North America. A five-speed manual transmission was standard with both engines, with a four-speed automatic offered with as an option.

The Ford Contour was produced with three trim levels: base-trim GL (1995-1997), a higher-content LX, and a sporty SE trim. The 2.0L engine was standard on GL and LX versions, with the 2.5L standard on SE-trim examples. As a running change during 1996, a "Sport" option package was introduced for GL and SE-trim models.


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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1994Calspan On-Site Evaluation of NCAP Test Vehicle Fire
Vehicle: 1995 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.8MB - 23 pages
classified date 1995Calspan On-Site Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle #1 - 1995 Ford Contour GL (Dual Air Bag-Equipped)
Vehicle #2 - 1994 Dodge Intrepid (Dual Air Bag-Equipped)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 125MB - 463 pages
classified date 1995Remote Air Bag Report
1995 Ford Contour, four-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 19.5MB - 241 pages
classified date 1995Remote Air Bag Report
1995 Ford Contour GL, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 21.3MB - 188 pages
August 1997On-Site Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Ford Contour GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,087KB - 28 pages
November 1997On-Site Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Ford Contour GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,853KB - 23 pages
April 2001Remote Air Bag Deployment Report
Vehicle - 1995 Ford Contour GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7,461KB - 12 pages
October 2006Calspan On-Site Child Air Bag Related Serious Injury Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 1995 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 273KB - 15 pages
classified date 1996Calspan Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle #1 - 1995 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 54.7MB - 194 pages
May 1997On-Site Adult Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1996 Ford Contour GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,862KB - 18 pages
January 1998Calspan On-Site Air Bag/Child Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1996 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 274KB - 17 pages
January 2000Veridian On-Site Child Passenger Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1996 Ford Contour GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 191KB - 12 pages
December 2000On-Site Child Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1996 Ford Contour GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,173KB - 24 pages
July 2001Remote Child Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1996 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6,851KB - 13 pages
August 2005Calspan On-Site Child Air Bag Related Fatality Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 1996 Ford Contour GL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 339KB - 15 pages
classified date 1996Calspan On-Site Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle #1 - 1996 Ford Contour GL (Air Bag Equipped)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 55.4MB - 192 pages
May 1998Remote Air Bag Deployment Report
Vehicle - 1998 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 278KB - 9 pages
July 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998. Ford, Contour Four-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,172KB - 13 pages
September 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 404KB - 9 pages
February 1999Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Ford Contour (Vehicle 1) 1998 Honda Civic (Vehicle 2)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 280KB - 10 pages
January 2000Veridian On-Site Redesigned Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1998 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 317KB - 18 pages
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Ford Contour, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.6MB - 143 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Ford Contour SE, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.7MB - 95 pages
November 2005Calspan On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
Evenflo Convertible Child Safety Seat
Vehicle: 1998 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 309KB - 15 pages
June 1999Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1999 Ford Contour
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 358KB - 9 pages
July 2000Veridian On-Site Air Bag Related Child Serious Injury Investigation
Vehicle - 1999 Ford Contour Sport SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 425KB - 13 pages
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Ford Contour LX, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.5MB - 127 pages
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Ford Contour SE sport, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.4MB - 104 pages
April 2008On-Site Child Safety Seat Investigation
1999 Ford Contour LX
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,053KB - 16 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Contour SE, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.8MB - 105 pages
8 April 2008Federal-Mogul Corporation: Part 573.6 Notitication
From: Glen Parker, Federal Mogul Corporation
To: Recall Management Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 323KB - 3 pages
8 April 2008NHTSA Recall 08E033000
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SuspensionNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
24 April 2008Ball Joint Recall Attachment A
Ball Joint Affected Date Codes and Applications
Federal Mogul
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 57KB - 1 page
2 May 2008Campaign #08E-033
From: Joe Stephan, Federal-Mogul Corporation
To: Distributors
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 70KB - 2 pages
5 May 2008Aftermarket Ball Joint Assemblies
From: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Glen Parker, Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 121KB - 3 pages
21 July 2008Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 51KB - 1 page
October 2008Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 14KB - 1 page
January 2009Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
4 February 2009From: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Glen Parker, Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 43KB - 1 page
April 2009Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 25KB - 1 page
July 2009Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 36KB - 1 page
October 2009Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Federal Mogul Corporation
NHTSA Recall 08E033000

PDF
- 43KB - 1 page


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