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9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
149,322 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 132009

Contour SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,644 miles

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

Purchased the vehicle from a guy off the streets Sept 2,2009, my first car, age 19, all on my own. Everything was fine and dandy till my cousin called and was asking me to come by because she had a family emergency. Date 11-13-2009, my car didn't want to start, mechanic says the alarm sensor to let the car start went bad. Cost $1700 plus to get it programed by a dealership including towing. Its really annoying sharing a car with my mom and not able to do things with her around and working too. I have two jobs in the graveyard shifts. My solution for the car is to sell it as is and get a car from the dealership and have them deal with it. I gambled in getting a car of the streets and lost, my next car I am getting from a dealership because they know whats what on the car. :(

WARNING: YOUR RISKING MONEY BY GETTING A CAR OFF THE STREETS. YES ITS CHEAPER BUT YOU SHOULDN'T TRUST THEIR WORD ON THE MECHANICS OF THE CAR. DEALERSHIPS #1, BUILDS UP CREDIT+

- , Clementon, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 172009

Contour 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles

I really can't complain I have had the car 11 years and I still enjoy it I have had a lot of work done over the years but this one is too much Diagnostic error P1381 = Ignition System or Misfire I can drive twenty miled no problem. Turn the car off and it will not start until it has sat and cooled. I never over heat or lose juice then it will start right up. BUT the last trouble I had it stopped in a very busy crossing like I turned the key off and would not start again until about hour of sitting, Then it started up and i went a few blocks home no problem. I dont know how to be specific with a mechanic and I dint want unnecessary repairs and cost. How can this error be pinned down the definition is : Intermittent Interruption or Misfire the error code is P3181 Manufacturer Control Ignition System or Misfire. How the hell do you get this fixed?? Help Me PLEASE $$$$

- , Hamilton, OH, USA

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