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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Contour brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 172002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Rear brakes were assembled backwards causing brakes to partially fail at higher speeds, dealer was notified.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 212000

(reported on)


  • miles
I was in transit to replace my braking system for the second time in 6 months when my transmission failed. My 'check engine' light stays on and the car now stalls when in a stopped position at a traffic light. These issues, amongst a list of other major failures has occurred in the last 2.5 years of ownership of this lemon ( complete A/C system has been replaced, complete fuel system has been replaced, window motor has been replaced, etc.). neither the Ford manufacturer or dealerships have responded, agreed or offered any investigation, correction, compensation or assistance in response to these previously written and verbal matters, and legal action will commence. The issues listed in this table are only the recent (last 3 months), and do not include the montage of problems in the last 2 years, some of which are mentioned in the comments section.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

May 042000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer has no repair parts for recall #00V075000 concerning rear brakes, they may lockup. This is just one of several recalls that have been made on this

- Morehead, KY, USA

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