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7.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,689 miles

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1998 Ford Contour fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Feb 152008

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,750 miles

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

Fuel spit-back while refueling. Took to Ford dealership and since the extended coverage for the fuel pipe flapper valve expired 5 months ago they will not repair. Ford wants $300 to repair. My car only has approximately 88,800 miles and I do not have $300 to repair. I called Ford in Michigan and they said the same thing and emphasized the importance of taking car to Ford dealership for repairs. I took car to Ford in Mississippi in 2002 and no mention of recall was made. Ford, in my opinion, seems to be of the mind "do not fix it if it is not broke". well it is broke now and if coverage expired 5 months ago that is not a long period of time and Ford should pay for the repair of the fuel pipe flapper valve as they know it is defective. When I get gas the fuel spills on the ground causing harm to my family, passengers in the car, the general public and myself.

- Louisburg, NC, USA

problem #22

Nov 072002

Contour

  • 41,100 miles
Vehicle operator noticed odor of natural gas in passenger compartment. Vehicle brought to framingham Ford via flat bed determination fuel tank leaking. Not under warranty. Has extended warranty, expires May 2003. Ford denies coverage. This constitutes a safety hazard.----- dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis-----------------769739.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #21

Apr 072003

Contour

  • 70,000 miles
Car is 5.5 years old, and the fuel tank needed replacing. The tank was literally falling apart at the seams, leading to gas leaking from the gar and gasoline fumes throughout the house. In addition, no replacement part was available due to a nationwide shortage.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #20

Jul 142002

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Fuel was leaking on the ground due to a crack in seams of gas tank. Consumer is concerned that a fire can start. Dealer found leak at fuel tank and replaced. Consumer feels fuel tank is defective.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #19

Apr 032001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
The gas tank supply spout acts like it is plugged will not take the gas very fast. Has never seemed to breathe properly.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #18

Nov 012000

Contour

  • miles
Fuel tank is defective, it leaks gas and fumes. Dealer will not warranty part.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #17

Jan 072000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

Consumer complains of a heavy gas smell in the garage, due to the gas tank being cracked.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #16

Nov 202000

Contour

  • miles
More often than not, when I put gas in my car, the car kicks the pump off at least twice, sometimes more than that. A few days ago, I became fed up because it stopped and spewed gasoline back onto me, ruining my pants. This has happened more times than I care to count. I put 25, but it is just an estimate. I am worried that it will spew more than just a little gas next time.

- Electra, TX, USA

problem #15

Oct 142000

Contour

  • miles
Unable to fill gas tank without gas overflow, or gas feedback, shutting off fuel nozzle. Attempted to turn fuel nozzle, in every position to no avail. Called a Ford dealership and they said no recall, just a service bulletin. This is dangerous and frust.

- Wauseon, OH, USA

problem #14

Nov 272000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #13

Feb 092000

Contour

  • miles

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

Problem with refueling, the internal pressure was causing the fuel pump nozzle to disengage.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #12

Mar 051999

Contour

  • miles
Fuel tank failed.

- Oakville, Ontario, CD, USA

problem #11

Mar 051999

Contour

  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- Oakville, Ontario, CD, USA

problem #10

Jul 142000

Contour

  • miles
The part for this car is back ordered as of today no part available. Car is not operative. Backorder is who nation and Canada. Paying for a vehicle that you can't even use. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #9

Mar 242000

Contour

  • miles
Was at a service station. Thought that they haven't turned on the pump, and realized that vehicle was not accepting any more gas. Fuel gauge was reading like it was a full tank. Contacted manufacturer. Took it to a local mechanic who said that there may be a problem with the fuel gauge

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 302000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
It seems to be a recouring problem in that the design of the gas tank makes it very hard to fill up the tank without gasoline ejecting from the tank while filling. I find myself putting in 5 cents of gas at a time. 4/5 times filling the tank I have this problem and a good amount of fuel is spilled each time. I have tried multiple brands/octanes of fuel, and nothing seems to work.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 141998

Contour

  • miles
Fuel leaks from fuel tank. Occurs while driving or parked. Has happened at least 3 different times.

- Lorraine, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 051999

Contour

  • miles
Fuel tank failed.

- Oakville, Ontario, CD, USA

problem #5

Mar 051999

Contour

  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- Oakville, Ontario, CD, USA

problem #4

Jan 281999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Fuel tank failed.

- Newark, CA, USA

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