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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
114,640 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. blocking off some type of pollution valve; 80% successful (1 reports)
1996 Ford Contour engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 132010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


The stupid car stopped at every single stoplight and stop sign on my 15 minute drive home. Seems to get worse like this every summer.

- , Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #3

May 012006

(reported on)


  • 75,000 miles

After engine warms up, it starts having difficulty--revs up, then slows down near stalling, revs up, slow down, etc., before finally stalling out. One mechanic and the local Ford dealer can't figure out the problem.

- , Champaign, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 142003

(reported on)


  • 98,000 miles

My wonderful piece of sh*t car keeps dying at stop lights, stop signs, and in parking lots. I had it checked out a while back but the mechanics didn't find anything wrong with it. Everything is kept up in the car. It was in a couple weeks back for fluid changes so that's not the reason.

- , River Falls, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 132003

(reported on)


  • 105,560 miles

I've had some problems with my car stalling out. This will be the third time in this summer that my car is in the shop. It's getting pretty spendy.

- , River Falls, WI, USA

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