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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
106,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1998 Ford Contour electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012010

Contour ES 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


My car has quit working/died on a two lane only bridge; a busy highway; my driveway and a shopping parking lot, among others. The resulting fix after many tows involved fuses being changed, but I cannot rely on a car that blows a fuse if you use the heater and radio at the same time, or wind down the window while driving. Totally frustrating. My car was fine for 5-6 years, until they finally got the check engine light to stay off. It hasn't been the same since. And I have really awesome mechanics.

- , West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #1

May 232004

(reported on)

Contour SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

The car ran well until I gave it a jump...(alternator is fine)

- , Smithfield, NC, USA

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