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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,200 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 lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 112009


  • 87,000 miles


1998 Ford Contour. Headlight connector over heated resulting in loss of tail lights and parking lights and instrument panel illumination. Terminal 15 of connector was burned. Safety recall 99S14 addresses this problem but Ford dealer says this car was not covered by the recall.. I installed Ford kit F5rz14A411ba and fixed the problem. Why was this car not covered by the recall or is the Ford dealer mistaken" should the recall be expanded" I saved the old connector.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 242009


  • 85,400 miles
I currently am the second owner of a 1998 Ford Contour. Recently the parking, and dashboard lights ceased to operate. I changed the headlight switch which lasted for a week and burned out.. research on the internet revealed there was a service recall dated 5/10/99 under serial #99V10300 for the headlight harness which was causing the above described problem. I contacted Ford who stated their was no open recall on this vehicle. Further research on the internet revealed additional owners who had the same problem but were informed by Ford that their particular vehicle was not covered under the recall. My complaint is if so many Ford Contour models are having this problem why are only certain vehicles covered when many are having identical problems thankyou

- Stony Point , NY, USA

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