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7.8

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,511 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 172003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,600 miles

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

While driving there was a loud boom and the front left tire was rubbing. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealership, who indicated that the right front coil spring broke. The spring was replaced. However, within 6,000 miles the failure recurred, the left front spring broke. The dealership was unable to replace the spring because the manufacturer discontinued manufacturing the part. The steering knuckle was removed and replaced due to the wheel bearing race spinning in the knuckles which caused abnormal wear of the knuckle. The knuckle and the bearing were replaced.

- Cresaptown, MD, USA

problem #8

Sep 012001

Contour

  • miles
Soon after purchasing vehicle it started to have problems with engine. Also, vehicle was shaking whenever going above 50 mph.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 122001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left strut spring broke, then 30 days later right one broke.

- Thompsonridge, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 232001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states a noise can be heard when the wheels are turned left or right, wheels were replaced once by the dealer, when driving, sometimes vehicle will shake very bad. Vehicle has bad brakes.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 092000

Contour

  • miles
On several occasions, when turning, the steering wheel started to shimmy, and makes a yawning sound, possibly related to the steering and or suspension failure.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #4

Mar 291999

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle pulls to the left & the air conditioning unit has a musk smell.

- Riverfall, WI, USA

problem #3

Oct 071998

Contour

  • miles

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

While driving at 60 mph car jerks and vibrates.

- Newburn, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 271999

Contour

  • miles
Engine chcek light is on, and there is some type of grinding noise coming from the vehicle.

- Lunberton, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 011999

Contour

  • miles
While driving down the highway the clicking starts at a speed of 55mph.the clicking is a constant noise and continues to get worse.dealer was notified and stated that the warranty was up.

- Louisville, OH, USA

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