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10.0

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

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1998 Ford Contour engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Sep 302002

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The vehicle stalls without warning while stopped, the vehicle has been taken to two dealers but neither inspected the vehicle.

- Juno Beach, FL, USA

problem #41

Jun 102000

Contour

  • miles
Engine stalls without warning, causing loss of steering and brakes. Have had the car back to charapp Ford numerious times for same complaint. First time vct solenoid was replaced, second time vct replaced again. This past week was told that they couldn't duplicate the problem. After talking with techician he confirmed the stalling problem. Was told it was a carbon build up and to try driving with gas treatment in car. Stalled twice leaving charapp. Continued stalling 6 times that day. Drove for over two hundred miles and no change. This problem has to be addressed. Peoples lives are at stake! my car stalled while turning into on coming traffic from a stop sign. Luckily I was able to get off the road.

- Jefferson Hills, PA, USA

problem #40

Nov 012000

Contour

  • miles
The vehicle stalled intermittently without warning. One day the vehicle stalled 12 times. The engine light has been illuminated since purchased. Nlm the vehicle stalled the second day the consumer ever drove it. The blower on the A/C and heater failed. On one occasion the vehicle wouldn't start. It turned out the problem was with the alarm system.

- Jasonville, IN, USA

problem #39

May 312002

Contour

  • miles

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

While driving at highway speed vehicle started to lose power. Towed to dealer, dealer stated engine needed replacing.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #38

Jul 012000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and without warning air bag light illuminated on dashboard. Minutes later, light went off. Dealer has been notified; however, mechanic can not duplicate the problem. Consumer adds with full tank of gas, fuel light is illuminated.

- Desplines, IL, USA

problem #37

Mar 012002

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently the vehicle was only shutting down at high speeds without warning on freeway. Problem has progressed to 3 exact incidents and cutting off at any time. Dealer was notified.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #36

Jan 032002

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

After getter the recall part replaced for the fuel system, noticed that when the tank is filled the car would leak fuel from around the fuel pump. Vehicle is leaking water in trunk area during rain, failed seal, replace rear back glass seal and reseal back glass. Check engine light is on, weak, replace cannister purge and vapor canister.

- Mt. Vernon, MO, USA

problem #35

Jun 032000

Contour

  • miles
Motor mounts have been replaced car broke down again 8/26 dealership did not repair correctly and then my engine blew up before I left town. They repalced engine and now I have to replace motor mounts again. I am very unhappy with all these issues and the service I have rec. Miracle Ford has not reimbursed me for items they promised, nor have they sent me information I requested since September. How can a car keep having motor mounts replaced. This sounds like a defect. I have records of taking my car in from the beginning with the same issues that I am facing again today.

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #34

Jan 232002

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle occasionally stalls causing steering wheel to lock.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #33

Jun 012001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled at any speed/ any time. Vehicle taken to dealer numerous times, cannot remedy problem.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #32

Sep 012001

Contour

  • miles

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

Soon after purchasing vehicle it started to have problems with engine. Also, vehicle was shaking whenever going above 50 mph.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #31

Jul 202001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled at least 7 times, mostly at slow speed, taken to dealer 3 times, cannot find cause.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #30

Aug 242001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle stalls for no reason. Consumer will go to start vehicle, and it will not start. When going in low speed or coming to a complete stop vehicle stalls. Sometimes when trying to pull off vehicle stalls. Contacted dealer.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #29

Jul 102001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls out while driving. Engine check light was fixed so consumer would see the warning sign. Problem was intermittent, but currently an ongoing issue. Engine needs a vct solenoid replaced at the consumer's cost.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #28

Sep 012000

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle shut down without prior warning. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #27

Oct 012000

Contour

  • miles
The vehicle shuts down intermittently while driving, vehicle loses all function. Nlm

- Hollidaysb, PA, USA

problem #26

May 022001

Contour

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- New Eagle, PA, USA

problem #25

Mar 022001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has had a recall on engine overheating, and dealer has had vehicle for a week. Dealer indicated vehicle was not part of recall. The timing belt was replaced, then new motor due to overheating, 2 months laer there was an internal repair complete, vehicle overheated again and engine was replaced again, consumer is requesting total refund and to turn in vehicle, all problems occurred within a one year period.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Mar 012001

Contour

  • miles
Since June of 2000 vehicle was running hot. Took to dealer, and they said it was internal they could not fix it. In February, whole engine went out.

- Houston, TX, USA

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