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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,420 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Contour steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 222005

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,839 miles


While driving and without prior warning the consumer could not make a right turn. Took vehicle to the repair shop, and they said the rack and pinion steering rack broke, and needed to be replaced. Also, did a power steering flush.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

May 071999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission slipped badly nearly causing accident as car behind me did not anticipate my car not being able to accelarate as I turned onto a busy road. Second time tranmisson has failed in the vehicle - first at approx 25000 miles. Leaking trans fluid also damge seals to power steering "rack" causing seals to fail competely in less than 300 miles.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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