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6.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,875 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Contour accessories - exterior problems

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 032005

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Recall campaign 01V230000 concerning heater blower resistor. On two separate occasions vehicle caught on fire while idling in the driveway. Both times consumer extinguished the fire, and vehicle was taken to a repair shop. The mechanic determined that the heater blower was the cause of both fires. Consumer contracted the dealer and the manufacturer. Both confirmed that this vehicle was not covered under the recall due to VIN.

- Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 302003

Contour

  • miles
Consumer states that heater fan has failed.

- Shawnee Mission, KS, USA

problem #6

Dec 022002

Contour

  • miles
Consumer states that the dealership didn't do the recall for the heater blower properly, and after the recall was done the heater blower was inopervative.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 242002

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The blower for the heaeter and A/C failed. Nlm

- Jasonville, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 012000

Contour

  • miles
The vehicle stalled intermittently without warning. One day the vehicle stalled 12 times. The engine light has been illuminated since purchased. Nlm the vehicle stalled the second day the consumer ever drove it. The blower on the A/C and heater failed. On one occasion the vehicle wouldn't start. It turned out the problem was with the alarm system.

- Jasonville, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 012001

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is calling to report that dealership refuses to provide rental car for the time that the vehicle will be remedied under recall for the heater blower resistor.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012001

Contour

  • miles
Consumer contacted dealer in reference to recall 01V230000. Dealer and manufacturer stated this vehicle was not included in recall. Heater blower resistor and air conditioning unit were inoperable. Dealer neeed to replace blower switch.

- Mount Airy, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 011999

Contour

  • miles
Engine check light would lficker on and off but now stays on while driving. Have had it checked out no one can find the problem. Air bag light flashes on and off while driving mostly when you apply brake. Heater fan stoped working replaced it wasn't the problem, the pigtail connecting to a regulator box had shorted out and melted. Ford place said the whole pigtail wiring had to be replaced cost about $400 to replace didn't have it done.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

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