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8.2

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,433 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 272002

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,600 miles

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

Temperature rising while in rush hour traffic. Car started smelling like something was burning. Got off nearest exit.2miles. Stopped car. When car was restarted temerature indicator was in the red zone. Took car to dealer. The fan housing system had melted.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 012003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Constant problems with the vehicle. Alternator, fuel tank, gear shift indicator, computer sensor's (variable cam timing over retarded), automatic shift labored and fails, cooling fan motor, etc. This vehicle is in some form of repair shop on a regular basis. Have I driven a Ford lately? yes, and sorry I chose to do so.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 152002

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
While vehicle was stopped consumer noticed temperature gauge rising. Consumer parked vehicle, hours later vehicle was restarted. Consumer test drove vehicle and notice D temperature gauge was raising. Consumer returned home, and noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Engine fan was on fire. Dealer replaced engine.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 282002

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

Consumer state while vehicle was stopping notice temperature gauge rising. Consumer parked vehicle one hour later vehicle was restarted and while driving the temperature gauge began to rise again. Consumer returned home and look under hood and saw that the engine fan was on fire. Dealer replace engine. Nlm

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 132002

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
While the vehicle was parked with the engine running the temperture gauge indicated the vehicle was over heating and the vehicle began to smell like smoke, after inspection of the vehicle consumer notice that the engine fan was on fire. Nlm

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998

Contour

  • miles
Cooling fan relay.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

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