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4.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Contour engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012006

Contour 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Contour. The contact stated that the engine is not returning to idle. The accelerator pedal sticks and, when it is released, the engine continues to idle at high rpms. The throttle also sticks while driving between 10-80 mph. The failure occurs each day under normal weather conditions. The current mileage was 139,653 and failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 09/12/07.

- Madras, OR, USA

problem #5

Mar 232004

Contour

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and taking foot slightly off the accelerator vehicle shut off. This caused consumer to lose control of the vehicle. However, consumer was able to regain power and restart vehicle. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer, who was suppose to fix the problem, but the vehicle was still doing the same thing.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 052001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
The consumer pressed the gas pedal and it promptly fell to the floor, the consumer noticed parts on the floorboard. Nlm

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #3

Oct 281999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

When taking foot off the accelerator pedalvehicle continues to travel at the same speed for 5, 10, or maybe 15 seconds before slowng down. This increases the stopping time for braking. This vehicle to do this.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 141999

Contour

  • miles
When driving at any speed accelerator pedal got stuck, and vehicle accelerated at high speed. Dealer couldn't determine the cause of the problem.

- Hobbs, NM, USA

problem #1

May 211999

Contour

  • miles
While accelerating to get on interstate, accelerator stuck, and car accelerated to a high rate of speed. Putting the car in neutral/turning off the ignition, and pressing on brakes slowed vehicle down. Vehicle was towed to the dealership.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

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