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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,571 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 #7

May 292004

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


Dealer told me electrical system had a short. O2 sensor & computer in car. The car has had to have the O2 sensor replaced 3 times ($1200 charged by to me by dealer each time) and the computer reset. My complaint is that I should not have to pay to have the electrical fixed and the O2 censor replaced again (4 time!!)... the turn signals work and than do not.. I have been told a short is in the car but Ford will not find for free.. I am tired of fixing this car please please help

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Apr 272002


  • miles
Our 98 Contour check engine light comes on and stays on when this happens the car stalls at about 40 mph or less. Took to dealership they ran a diagnostic on vehicle said it was the oxygen sensor. Engine light goes off and vehicle seems to run alright for awhile then engine comes back on and the stalling of the engines starts up again. Sister has the same car it is a 1996 Ford Contour her vehicle does the same thing she took hers in they told her the same thing that it is the oxgen sensor. Also have talked to several other people who have the Contour they have had the same problem. This seems to be a very common occurence with this vehicle. When it stalls you lose all power can be dangerous if turning a corner or curve in road. My car finally stalled again and now it will not start stalled at about 40mph was onexiting highway had no break power or power steering.this could end up being potentially dangerous problem and have complained to Ford Motor Company they seem to be unresponsive.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 062002


  • miles
A faulty oxygen sensor needed to be replaced. Dealer notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Germantown, WI, USA

problem #4

Oct 012001


  • miles


Consumer received notification that vehicle was affected by recall 01V230000. Dealership examined vehicle, but performed no repairs in accordance with description of corrective action. Engine light illuminated due to faulty O2 sensor.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 052001


  • 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 #2

Sep 241998


  • miles
After noticing a whining sound at approximately 30 mph in second gear and an increase in vibration when the air conditioner was on, the transmission was rebuilt on 10/10/98, on 8/3/2000 the transmission was replaced because of sudden and violent slipping, on 8/28/00 check engine light came on because oxygen sensor had been disconnected while transmission was replaced, sensor reconnected/replaced.

- West Senec, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 011999


  • miles
Valve sticks shut, causing fuel to backup and spill when filling tank. Was replaced, now replacement part also sticking.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

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