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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,500 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012014


  • miles


1998 Ford Contour. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle brake line corrosion. The consumer stated the brakes the failed. The repair shop, stated there was no brake fluid in the reservoir. The consumer also stated the gas line leading to the tank had to be replaced, due to corrosion.

- Bloomingburg, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 012003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Constant problems with the vehicle. Alternator, fuel tank, gear shift indicator, computer sensor's (variable cam timing over retarded), automatic shift labored and fails, cooling fan motor, etc. This vehicle is in some form of repair shop on a regular basis. Have I driven a Ford lately? yes, and sorry I chose to do so.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 262001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at about 5mph and making a right turn right front wheel came off due to loose lugs: Nuts. Dealer has seen vehicle. Consumer states the vehicle has experienced problems with the following: Fuel filter, spark plugs, transmission, cv boot, brakes, air filter, wire, rotors need turning, timing gear, timing belt, and vehicle will not start.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 202000


  • miles
While driving driver's seatback broke, causing the seat to fall back, and the driver lost control of vehicle. Also engine cut off system malfunctioned, engine did not shut off at the time of the crash.

- Montello, WI, USA

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