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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Contour electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 262001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #7

May 061999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First day car was bought engine died, took to dealer, and they gave consumer another Contour. Currently, vehcile will shut off in middle of intersection. Dealer replaced transmission, and engine was acting up. Consumer states vehicle has been in 3 times for transmission problems, it jerks and vibrates, consumer does not think that dealer replaced transmission like they said. 1 time for engine problems. Consumer has been in 2 accidents due to sudden acceleration. Front sway bar replaced, steering would shimmy and rattle. Blower motor assembly replaced, due to rattling noise in air conditioner, also cycling switch replaced due to air conditioner not cooling. Left front seat belt buckle assembly replaced, belt would not buckle. Starter failed and was replaced. Engine light illuminated, dealer found loose connection at act. Rear struts replaced, noisy.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Nov 012000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle experienced excessive cranking time due to faulty starter. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

Vehicle experienced excessive cranking time due to faulty starter. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle experienced excessive cranking time due to faulty starter. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 011998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Starter failed.

- Canoga Par, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 201999

Contour

  • miles
While driving down the the road starter engaged. I stopped the car off the roadway and turned off the car. The starter continue to turn the engine as if I was cranking the car. I removed all fuses that were related to the starting systems of the car. The starter continued to crank the engine until it caught fire. The fire was at the starter the best I could tell under the engine intake. Other items damaged unknown. I have been having problems with the battery going week over the past month. This morning the battery was completely dead. Last drove 2 days prior.

- Stantonsburg, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 181998

Contour

  • miles
When pumping gas was difficult to start vehicle. A clicking noise was heard. New gas tank was installed. Front and rear brakes were knocking and squealing. Replaced three times. Sunroof motor went out. Replacement made. Also, starter problems occurred. Dealer contacted and repairs were made but problem still exists. Provide further information.

- Hamburg, AR, USA

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