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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,368 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Dec 011998

Contour

  • miles

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

ABS brake failure.

- Waterford, CT, USA

problem #10

Jun 121998

Contour

  • miles
The consumer received a manufacturer's recall on water pump. A week later, consumer heard a knocking noise. Took vehicle back to the dealership, and mechanic told him that the bolts were loose on the water pump. Also, when consumer applied brakes there was a humming noise.

- Willows, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 022000

Contour

  • miles
When consume R stepped on brake pedal to reduce speed or to stop vehicle, he could hear noise coming from the brakes, like they were falling apart.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 222000

Contour

  • miles

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

When consumer applies brakes the pedal goes all the way down to the floor, and car makes a hard noise.

- Cotati, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 151999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
When applying brakes a heavy vibration will occur. Also brakes will squeak.3 set of brakes rotors have been replaced.

- Cucamonga, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 281999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
When taking foot off the accelerator pedalvehicle continues to travel at the same speed for 5, 10, or maybe 15 seconds before slowng down. This increases the stopping time for braking. This vehicle to do this.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 051999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

While driving at 40 mph and coming to a stop and brake pedal was applied, it was hard as if something was keeping it from being pushed. Brakes did not respond at all, causing consumer to strike another vehicle in the rear. Consumer suffered a concussion to the left side of head. The dealer was not contacted.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 291999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
The ABS warning light comes on when starting the vehicle and it stays on. Also the emergency brake light comes on. Dealer says something in the hydraulic brake system needs to be replaced.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 011998

Contour

  • miles
The braking system malfunctioned, causing a grinding noise and extended stopping distance which may result in a crash.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

May 241999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Brakes make grinding sound when coming to a stop. Dealer has tried to correct problem on three occasions with only a temporary solution. Front pads have been replaced, rotors have been resurfaced, and after 1500 miles, the grinding reappears. Dealer says brake dust is the cause and cannot be repaired. I asked what happened during the first 18000 miles that is different from now ? problem still exists and dealer claims that they have to make three calls to their technical assistance before Ford will intervene.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 181998

Contour

  • miles
When pumping gas was difficult to start vehicle. A clicking noise was heard. New gas tank was installed. Front and rear brakes were knocking and squealing. Replaced three times. Sunroof motor went out. Replacement made. Also, starter problems occurred. Dealer contacted and repairs were made but problem still exists. Provide further information.

- Hamburg, AR, USA

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