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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,559 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.

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #19

Jan 132003

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,619 miles

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

While driving vehicles accelerator cable broke causing the pedal to go to the floor resulting in loss of speed and acceleration. Dealer notified.

- Chamblee, GA, USA

problem #18

Jan 052001

Contour

  • miles
Consumer sped up to pass another vehicle, and when slowing down vehicle started to vibrate. Also, vehicle was racing up to 2000 RPM/, stalling, and making a rumbling sound. Dealer stated oxygen sensor had gone bad. It controls amount of air and gas mixture.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #17

May 012001

Contour

  • miles
Airbag light is on/ horn, and cruise control are not working. Consuemr stated this was same problem as stated in recall 99 V 243 000. Consumer was scared that airbag may deploy in face.

- Earlton, NY, USA

problem #16

Sep 012000

Contour

  • miles

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

Consumer was traveling about 60mph on highway and vehicle hestitated. Throttle would roar up high. Without prior warning, and then vehicle would stall out. Both dealerships were aware of problem.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 312000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Owner can not obtain recall repairs due to lack of parts. (99V-194)

- Watkinsvil, GA, USA

problem #14

May 152000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is very unhappy with the number of recalls (6) that have been issued on the vehicle and feels the vehicle is a lemon. Nlm

- Battle Gro, WA, USA

problem #13

Jul 091999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When traveling 31 mph consumer was involved in a head-on collsion in which neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed upon impact. Consumer has contacted the dealer, vehicle was totaled. Vehicle accelerated on its own, lost control, hit an embankment head-on

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #12

Aug 011999

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is having scheduling problems in receiving recall repairs (99V-103) (99V-194). Mjs

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 011999

Contour

  • miles
Owner received recall notice #99V194000. Contacted dealer. Took vehicle on appointed date. Mechanic repaired headlight switch. Failed to repair the throttle cable due to lack of parts & too many customers. Would need to reorder more parts & would notify owner, who is still waiting. (99S14 repaired) (99S19 waiting for parts).

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #10

Jul 251999

Contour

  • miles
On 7/25/99, the car accelerated mysteriosly while I was driving on I-75 causing loss of control and accident. Later, notification of throttle cable recall was recieved. Also, check engine light showed problem with oxygen sensor. There was major damage over $5,000 to the car. The air bags failed to deploy and passenger shoulder harness failed to lock.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #9

Sep 211999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Problems with recall repair work on the shift ignition (99S19) 99V-194. Mjs

- Lake Charl, LA, USA

problem #8

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Recall repair delayed due to scheduling problems with dealership (99V-194). Mjs

- Arlington, IL, USA

problem #7

Aug 101999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while it was in park, hitting a burger king resulting in injury.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #6

Aug 211999

Contour

  • miles
The inner core wire of the accelerator cable experiencing failure, prior to recall notice (99V194000).

- Princeton, IA, USA

problem #5

Aug 301999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving down the road at approx 30mph smelled a burning odor.pulled vehicle over. The wire to the speed control burned off, causing smoke to fill in the vehicle. Contacted dealer.

- Springs, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 151998

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while traveling on the highway. At approx. 50 or more mph when vehicle got out of control and hit a guardrail before stopping; also cruise control was not engaged at that time. Dealer notifed. Can NHTSA help or provide additional information on this matter.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 121999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Upon pushing in the clutch, vehicle will intermintently maintain RPM or gain RPM until vehicle comes to a complete stop or until it decides to fall back down. Driving conditions do not affect the problem, but vehicle does not maintain an RPM over 5000. Vehicle will also maintain current speed without pressing the gas for a prolonged period of time causing the driver to take it out of gear to stop while car maintains an RPM over 3000. Consulted svt service manager who stated problem was characteristic of vehicle. Manager owns same vehicle and has same problem, and states many customers have same problem as well. He has found no fix for vehicle despite many attempts.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 151997

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control not attached to throttle resulting in sudden acceleration and loss of control.

- Beech Grov, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 121998

Contour

  • miles
Sudden acceleration resulting in collision.

- Blythevill, AR, USA

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