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3.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,422 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 lights problems

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #9

May 302006

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I have a 1998 Ford Contour that the dashboard lights and rear taillights have stopped working, while the headlights continue to function. The cause was the wiring overheating and I had to replace the wiring harness and the switch. I did some research online and located a recall nhsta campaign 99V103000 for the 1998 Ford Contour for this exact problem, but according to the dealership my car was not included in the recall. I have had to pay for the work out of pocket, but I am wondering if it was in error than my car was not included.

- Glen Allen , VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 302006

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles
Ford will not repair a recall (99S14) on my 1998 Contour SE due to the fact that my specific VIN number is not included in the recall, although the year is in the recall. The problem is the same. (instrument panel lights and tail lights not working when headlights are turned on.) the description of the Ford recall 99S14 is the same as my observed problem. Unsafe to drive car at night. No correction has been performed. Ford should take responsibility for this known recall.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 272005

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,100 miles
When turning headlights on, tail lights and interior panel lights do not come on. This is a known problem (NHTSA campaign number 99V103000). However, Ford says that it is not their responsibility because of the vehicle identification number [xxx]. updated 07/19/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 312004

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving engine suddenly shut off at highway speed. Consumer smelled smoke. Took vehicle to a mechanic, who determined that a circuit inside the headlamp burnt. ++++++++++++++++++++

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 272004

Contour

  • 119,700 miles
Dealership replaced the bronze terminals, but refused to replace the headlight switch as stated in the headlight switch/wire harness recall 99V103000. Instrument panel lights and headlights were not working properly.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #4

May 152000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is very unhappy with the number of recalls (6) that have been issued on the vehicle and feels the vehicle is a lemon. Nlm

- Battle Gro, WA, USA

problem #3

Feb 222000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

Consumer contacted the dealer in reference to four seperate NHTSA recall notices 99V243000/ 99V194000/ 99V103000 and 98V233000. Also, manufacturer's recalls 99S23/99S19/99S14 and 98S26. Dealer refused to correct the recall problems without the consumer correcting the problem with transmission.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 111999

Contour

  • miles
Consumer having trouble with dealership obtaining recall repair (99V-103). Mjs

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 011999

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is having scheduling problems in receiving recall repairs (99V-103) (99V-194). Mjs

- Lewisville, TX, USA

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