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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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 #5

May 012000


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


When refueling vehicle pump will cut off numerous times and fuel will spill. This has gotten worse over the last 2 years. Vehicle was taken to dealer at 96000 miles, consumer was informed of extention of warranty on fuel pipe. Part was on backorder until vehicle was over 100000 miles. Now Ford refuses to honor warranty.

- Barnhart, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 132001


  • miles
Consumer states that something is leaking from under the vehicle. Consumer pulled over looked under car and notice gas leaking from a pipe connected to the gas tank. Nlm

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 112000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has been in shop for one month and mechanic can not tell consumer why it continues to stop in traffic. However, mechanic said that whole fuel line needs to be replaced.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 242000


  • miles
How many recalls must there be before lemon law applies? no safety defect listed.

- Deane, KY, USA

problem #1

Sep 291999

(reported on)


  • miles
Fuel filler opening does not provide vent when adding gasoline. Nozzle shuts off repeatedly when attempting to add gas. While attempting to investigate, finger became lodged in fuel filler opening flap (it has a small opening near the base, where it attaches to the pipe), fire rescue personnel needed to cut out fuel tank filler pipe to extract my finger.

- Titusville, FL, USA

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