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8.9

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,571 miles

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1998 Ford Contour electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 012003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

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

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 #6

May 162002

Contour

  • miles
Alternator originally replaced on 06/04/2001, part failed on 05/16/2002.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Jun 012001

Contour

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 252001

Contour

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 112000

Contour

  • miles
I have taken my car to the Ford dealer twice and they have been unable to fix my car. Yet they find it neccessary to keep my car for weeks at a time. I am at the point to where I want them to take this car back and give me a nother one. Please help me. I have no more rental car fees and they are looking at my situation like oh well. That is not fair to me. If you have any suggestions or any knowledge that will eleviate my problem please get in contact with me.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 031999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle oil light came on. Engine stalled out. Noticed a reflection of flames on the ground. Lifted hood of vehicle & noticed the engine was on fire. Driver put flames out. The alternator was just replaced, twice, prior to fire. Was no warning.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #1

Dec 281999

Contour

  • miles
While driving at interstate speeds our alternator wire melted off at the connection to the alternator. The alternator, the wire and a 175 amp fuse were all bad. A replacement alternator could not be found in less than 2 days so the original alternator was rebuilt. I have in my possesion the blown 175 amp fuse and the melted alternator wire. This is the second time an electrical wire has melted on our 1998 Contour. It is the third time we have been stranded. Ford has a service bulletin for this type of problem with the correction being, replace the alternator and the wire on Contour with the 2.5L engine.

- Woodstock, IL, USA

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