I kinda liked the contour and didnt get the hate it felt quite a bit "euro" as the busy dash was just like the mondeo and the 2.5 duratec had a nice exhaust noteMan, as someone who inherited a 1996 Ford Contour as their first car, this comment brought back a wave of nostalgia. I hated that car at the time, but in retrospect, the 2.5 DOHC motor made it a great little car. Except, of course, for those goddamn cup holders that broke in like 2000 and I never thought to fix because they were so freaking fragile.
These aren't painted badges - what happens here is the plastic part (lens?) falls off and takes all the blue foil bits with it leaving just a slab of dull chrome.IIRC, this is because in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, they switched the paint for the badges from solvent-based to water-based. I think the first generation of the water-based paint wasn't as durable.