Contour/mystique/mondeo

Found out "again" today the con-tiques are not a good DIY car - particularly a loaded V6. The tranny pan gasket was seeping pretty bad - 3.5 hours later ON THE HOIST, it's done. Had to pull the battery,
battery tray (8 bolts) and the A/C reciever/drier to get the pan off. Even then, it was a close call if I could get it out without draining the rad and removing two hoses - managed without damaging the hoses, but definitely not easy!!! I guess if you want to drive a nice handling euro-sport sedan you have to be willing to put up with some of the hassles involved (wife's car).
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clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:

I miss my Contour (especially the seats & handling). My Letheared Grand Marquis LS is bigger, but I find the seats are not as comfy and supporting as the Contour. Handling is not the same (different eras, different phylosophy, different body-on-frame RWD vs Unybody FWD)
The Contour/Mystique was a great concept, but poorly executed... I've never had that much trouble with any other car. I Miss it dearly, but I do not miss the car's reliability...
They're bitchy to repair, but then again, working on a Bimmer is hell :)
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wrote:

You need to remember, dispite being built in St Louis or wherever, it IS a european car. I've owned a few and worked on a lot more that were more troublesome than my Mystique - but few that were more difficult to work on. (a Jag and a Rover come to mind - but even they were not as cramped under the hood as the 4 cam 2.5 Mystique!!!) Ours has the full load - sun roof, 4 wheel disks, leather, all speed traction control,15" alloys,CD, etc. The only other sedan I've ever driven that was as much fun to drive was my brother's '67 Rover 2000TC.

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clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:

Wait until you have to replace the starter. You better have some Valium handy.
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On Thu, 07 Dec 2006 23:04:32 -0500, Tom Adkins

About like changing the left front lower control arm. Manual says you need to remove the subframe - and they are ALMOST right. I managed without dropping the subframe OR detaching the engine mounts - about 1 hour per side. Kinda like replacing the clutch on an early BMC Mini without pulling the engine -------. Or retrieving the starter drive from the 200TC without pulling the engine - or removing the transaxle from a Renault R12 without pulling the engine. All possible, with a bit of ingenuity, but no thanks to the engineers responsible!!!!!
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clare at snyder.on.ca wrote:

I don't remember the LCAs being that tough to change. Maybe lower the front or rear of the subframe? I'm thinking rear, but my memory could be faulty. I really can't recall touching the cradle mounts to R&R a lower control arm on those cars.
Many repairs on the "con-tiques" totally sucked, but I don't recall this being one of them.

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On Fri, 08 Dec 2006 01:57:29 -0500, Tom Adkins

One of the bolts cannot be removed without separating the tranny from the subframe - which involves disconnecting the steering column, becuse the subframe has to come down - no room to lift the engine (V6). I cut the head off the bolt and put a replacement bolt in head down. The bolt needs to be cut to fit, or the enf hits the trans case.
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