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8.1

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,583 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.

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1998 Ford Contour fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 102003

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

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

When filling gas tank, the gasoline shuts off after only a few cents. It takes 10 minutes to get 3 gallons of fuel. I noticed an air line that exits to the right of the gas filler tube. I sprayed pressurized air and it worked enough to get me home, but after 3-4 fill ups later, it started again. The pressurized air does not help anymore.

- Los Banos, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 082003

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel leaking from tank because the neck warped. Ford Motor Co. Says it will not compensate because it is out of warranty even though this is a safety issue.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #10

Oct 252002

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated fule was leaking from the filler neck area. Mr the dealer installed a new fill tube and seal and placed a new gasket on the exhaust.

- Congers, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 212001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine check light remained illuminated on dash, and brake fluid was leaking. Dealer has replaced rear brake pressure control valve. The consumer stated that the breaks were fine now since replacing the defective brake valve. The blower motor had no 3rd speed due to blower motor switch failure. It was replaced by the dealer. The vehicle takes fuel very slow due to fuel pipe flapper valve failure.

- South Charlston, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 012000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When filling fuel tank, nozzle keeps shutting off. Dealer found problem with fuel filler pipe. Flapper valve needs to be replaced.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012001

Contour

  • miles
When filling gas tank with fuel fuel would spit back out. Door chime fails to work when key is in ignition. Heating system would go off, and then on whenever heat is on.

- Maybee, MI, USA

problem #6

May 202000

Contour

  • miles

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

I was unable to refuel vehicle at all, I took vehicle to nourse family Ford of Delaware, oh, for repairs, they replaced the fuel neck to tank.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 232000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
When putting gas in tank it began to spitting the fuel back out after a few cents. It takes at least 10 minutes to put 5$ worth of gas into vehicle. Dealer has been contacted.

- Stollings, WV, USA

problem #4

Jun 222000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Fuel will spill back out onto the consumer while pumping fuel, even with less than a quarter tank of fuel left, causing a fire hazard. Dealer has replaced a valve in filler, but defect still occurs. Dealer has now ordered a gas tank.

- Glenshaw, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 112000

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas tank flapper filler tube overflowed. Nlm

- Tiverton, RI, USA

problem #2

Aug 031999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas tank filler pipe replaced, not able to fill tank. Mjs

- Lake Charl, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 011999

Contour

  • miles
Due to the "flap in the fuel nozzle which gets stuck and causes the fuel to spray out when fueling the vehicle. This may cause a fire if there is a source of ignition. Please provide further further information. Ford stated that it is a service bulletin not a recall, only to be replaced undetr warranty.

- Olmsted Township, OH, USA

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