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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,667 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Contour engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 112005

Contour 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles


The consumer is experiencing problems with the accelerator cable. When the consumer takes his foot off the pedal the engine does not return to it's lower idling speed. The consumer is also experiencing electrical problems. The air bag light stays flashing. Owner has contacted the dealer and because of the VIN, this vehicle is not included in any recalls relating to the defects of this vehicle.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 222000

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer contacted the dealer in reference to four seperate NHTSA recall notices 99V243000/ 99V194000/ 99V103000 and 98V233000. Also, manufacturer's recalls 99S23/99S19/99S14 and 98S26. Dealer refused to correct the recall problems without the consumer correcting the problem with transmission.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 042000

(reported on)


  • miles
Recall 99V194000/throttle cable ; corrective action did not remedy the problem. While driving in heavy traffic throttle cable broke.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

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