They are well known for electrical problems. Common for wire insulation on the engine harness to break / crack off, etc leading to hard to find shorts, which, of course, leads to no starts, running horrible, etc. Some years had a recall to replace the entire engine harness for this problem, which was a MAJOR job. Ask any Ford dealer tech what they think of the Contour and you will get an ear full of 4 letter words.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec - my daily driver
04 Taurus SES Duratec - wifes car
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter car
Toy #1 - 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner) - LOTS of mods
Toy #2 - 88 Tbird Turbo Coupe - LOTS of mods
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized