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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Contour exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 022005

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


Check engine light illuminated 9/04 and I took my 98 Ford Contour to my mechanic who diagnosed it as needing a new catalytic converter. I took it to Ford in 3/05 (because my mechanic said it could wait awhile) and they diagnosed a different code and replaced the manifold. After paying $600 to Ford, the light came on again after 45 miles. Took the car to autozone and they diagnosed a catalytic code. I had told Ford that was the problem before I brought it in and now they want me to re-diagnosed with them out of pocket.

- Cascade, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 012000


  • miles
My understanding is there is supposedly 4 catalytic converters on the 1998 Contour.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

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