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6.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 miles

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1998 Ford Contour suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 252005

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Vehicle started making loud noises and the brakes failed. Caller was driving on a highway and had to pull off the road. Caller said brakes did not work very well when she tried to get the car home. Dealer said the front left rotor broke, and rear wheel bearing wore out. Manufacturer will not offer any help.

- Denville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 222001

Contour

  • miles
Front wheel bearings failed at about 40,000 miles. One side was completely failed, other side was in need of replacement. I noticed sudden grinding noise and checked for cause. Had bearings replaced. Could have been worse if I had not recognized the problem. No warning as to failure. Wheel bearings should last more than 40,000 and should not fail suddenly.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 152001

Contour

  • miles
Right front wheel bearing locked up prematurely causing car to pull violently to the right. This could have caused and accident had there been a car to the right. I believe Ford should have a recall due to others having wheel bearing problems prematurely.

- Jackson, MO, USA

problem #2

Aug 202000

Contour

  • miles
Though this car is only slightly over 3 years old, I have had 5 recalls on it, had to replace front wheel bearings ($400), console clock light has burned out, had to replace windshield due to extensive crack caused by small stone chip, etc. Current cam timing job estimated at $1,000. I've never had this much trouble with a vehicle in my life. Asked Ford's to cover 1/2 of cost; was referred to dealer, who "declined." Is there anything else I can do about this lemon??

- Carleton, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 202000

Contour

  • miles
Though this car is only slightly over 3 years old, I have had 5 recalls on it, had to replace front wheel bearings ($400), console clock light has burned out, had to replace windshield due to extensive crack caused by small stone chip, etc. Current cam timing job estimated at $1,000. I've never had this much trouble with a vehicle in my life. Asked Ford's to cover 1/2 of cost; was referred to dealer, who "declined." Is there anything else I can do about this lemon??

- Carleton, MI, USA

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