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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,357 miles

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1998 Ford Contour brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Jul 162004

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

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

Had vehicle taken in for normal pmi (preventive maintenance inspection) servicing and during inspection-- the rear PCRV (pressure conscious reducing valves were found to be corroded and leaking. This vehicle is operated in wi (salt is used on roadways up here). There is a recall out for this item, but it covers non-ABS vehicles only....... my vehicle has the ABS system. It looks like the recall wasn't expanded far enough..... problems are still out there!!!!! the technician that did the repair on the car said that he had done that specific recall on other vehicles multiple times, and stated that the replaced pcrvs on my car were the style* valves..... that is why he was concerned and recommended I replace the pcrvs asap--- which was done that day. There was no accident/injury/fatality involved in this incident obviously. But there could have been. The related recall information that I'm referring to is as follows: NHTSA campaign id: 00V075000.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #27

May 252001

Contour

  • miles
Consumer states that vehicle will vibrate when brakes are applied, dealer stated rotors were warped, however vibration continues.

- Long Beach , CA, USA

problem #26

Feb 012002

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling on highway, and without prior warning water pump shut down, and transmission vibrated when applying brakes. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #25

Jun 222001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer had just put on new brakes. But, 2 days earlier brakes failed while wife was driving, resulting in a head-on collision. Driver and passenger of other vehicle were injured. Consumer states a vehicle suddenly stopped in front of them and when the brakes were applied the vehicle pulled to the left and hit another vehicle head on.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #24

Apr 262001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at about 5mph and making a right turn right front wheel came off due to loose lugs: Nuts. Dealer has seen vehicle. Consumer states the vehicle has experienced problems with the following: Fuel filter, spark plugs, transmission, cv boot, brakes, air filter, wire, rotors need turning, timing gear, timing belt, and vehicle will not start.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #23

Jan 232001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states a noise can be heard when the wheels are turned left or right, wheels were replaced once by the dealer, when driving, sometimes vehicle will shake very bad. Vehicle has bad brakes.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 312000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

Brakes rub when applying.

- Watkinsvil, GA, USA

problem #21

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
The tires a brakes wore prematurly causing a grinding noise. Nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #20

Jun 152000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer was not notified of the recalls on the vehicle by the manufacturer, web site alerted the consumer to obtain repairs.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #19

Jun 152000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer was not notified of the recalls on the vehicle by the manufacturer, web site alerted the consumer to obtain repairs.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #18

May 032000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

Consumer has recieved yet another recall and is fed up because he had had too many things go wrong with this vehicle. Nlm

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #17

May 172000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is very unhappy about the number (7) of recalls this vehicle has had including a recent brake recall. Nlm

- Wading Riv, NY, USA

problem #16

May 152000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is very unhappy with the number of recalls (6) that have been issued on the vehicle and feels the vehicle is a lemon. Nlm

- Battle Gro, WA, USA

problem #15

May 222000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Brakes failed and made noise while in use.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #14

Feb 022000

Contour

  • miles
Consumer called on Feb 2, 2000 to see if parts were in, and they were not in.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #13

Apr 072000

Contour

  • miles
The PCRV in the rear brakes may have failed per recall notice 00V-075 prior to recall notice causing consumer to loose control of the vehicle, the vehicle became airborn, jumped a ditch and landed on front bumper. No delpoyment of air bag occured during accident. Nlm

- Boiling Springs, NC, USA

problem #12

May 092000

(reported on)

Contour

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Recieved seven recall on my vehicle, brake recall

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #11

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
The tires a brakes wore prematurly causing a grinding noise. Nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 041999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Brakes experiencing a loud noise when braking. Dealer has been notified in result of this vehicle was in accident.

- Duson, LA, USA

problem #9

Jul 261999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The airbag light is on. When applying the brakes there is a squeaking noise coming from the brakes. Also, the front end misalignment, causing vibration.

- Marshall, IL, USA

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