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3.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,113 miles

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1998 Ford Contour suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #33

Mar 302001

Contour

  • miles

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

A coil on the driver's side broke and blew the tire, spare was install and blew also due to coil.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #32

Apr 252002

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the spring punched a hole in the tire.. the front coil springs were replaced.

- Dexter, NY, USA

problem #31

Feb 102002

Contour

  • miles
After taking vehicle to the dealership twice for recall 01V230000 and 01V255000 repairs none of the two recalls were done properly. Name of the dealer is brad martin Ford in youngstown oh 330-793-2444.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #30

Nov 051991

Contour

  • miles

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

Recall 01 V 255 000/front coil spring corrosion: Unable to get dealer; salconis Ford; moon township, pa; phone# 412/269-2255 to honor recall. Feel free to provide any further infoirmation concerning this matter.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #29

Oct 312001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
NHTSA campaign # 011013000 - no problem so far - recall however limited to certain states - I do not live in one of these although I travel in them a great deal - therefore, I may experience problem without opportunity of preventative action - Ford customer service informs me I am not eligible for "field service action" - please require extension of recall to all owners - thank you

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #28

Oct 052001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer put a shield on front coil spring. Since then everytime consumer hits a bump there is a lot of noise coming from that area. Shield has been replaced twice, and noise is still present.

- Dupo, IL, USA

problem #27

Mar 302001

Contour

  • miles

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

A coil on the driver's side broke and blew the tire, spare was install and blew also due to coil.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #26

Jul 232001

Contour

  • miles
Coil spring broke pucturing new $ $50 tire. While parked. Is right spring a concern" is Ford responsible for defect"

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #25

Jun 282001

Contour

  • miles
Coil spring exploded while shifting into reverse. This caused right front tire to be sliced. Front end seized up after vehcle collapsed to ground.

- North Miami, FL, USA

problem #24

Jun 282001

Contour

  • miles
I shifted from park into reverse, there was 2 loud bangs and my wheels froze. The front passenger coil spring let go, slashing my tire on the inside around the wheel (brand new tire approximately 30 days old), the car froze. There is a recall on the 1997 Contour front coil springs. I called Ford and they made a report but refused to pay for the repairs to the car. Not even 60 minutes prior to this event I was driving on I-95 at a speed of 65mph. If this happened while I was in transit the car would have froze causing me to spin out of control, possibly causing my death. I feel especially with a recall on the 1997 Contour that this problem requires further investigation.

- North Miami, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 052001

Contour

  • miles

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

Ford countour coil springs failed in parking lot after being driven on the expressway at 70 mph...the body fell onto both tires shredding them at 3 mph...if this would have happened at xway speeds I wouldn`T be here today. Ford disavows any problems with the coil assemblies but my independent repair station mechanic told me of many Contour with same problems...it also took Ford motor over a week to get the part in stock...for an area the size of greater detroit that in itself is awful suspicious...please help other people before something like this kills some innocent person...I am not a teen as I am 53 and certainly not a hot rodder.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #22

May 222001

Contour

  • miles
Left front coil spring brokethroough tire. Vehicle had to be towed, and coil spring replaced.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #21

May 222001

Contour

  • miles
Right front spring broke while car was in driveway, not moving. Damaged sway bar link and tire.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #20

May 172001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Right front coilspring (broke) cut tire, bent right front stabilaizer

- Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #19

May 142001

Contour

  • miles
Left front coil spring snapped. This occurred two months after the right front coil spring snapped. Vehicle is always driven on paved roads.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #18

Apr 242001

Contour

  • miles
Left front coil spring fractured and punctured tire.

- Saint Louis, MI, USA

problem #17

Apr 122001

Contour

  • miles
Left side coil spring broke while driving at low speed. Dealer / manufacturer were not notified at this time. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #16

Apr 262001

Contour

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Front spring on left side cracked, causing front end of vehicle to drop.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 082001

Contour

  • miles
The left front coil spring snapped and pierced the drivers side tire locking it up--upon taking it to my mechanic, it was the third one in a week on a Ford product, upon going to the dealership they groaned "another one" they had another Contour in the shop with a similar problem--broken spring, don;T know if theirs punctured the tire or not--we were lucky, it happened right after my daughter pulled into the driveway and parked the car--had it happened on the open road there would have been a serious accident---is there a recall on this item--I have since found out that other Ford products have had this problem and there was a shield installed to prevent the spring from making contact with the tire.

- Ravena, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 202001

Contour

  • miles
Right front coil spring broke while pulling from parking space; tire was punctured.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

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