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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,989 miles

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1998 Ford Contour transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #34

Dec 152000

Contour

  • miles

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

Transmission failed without warning, the consumer requested reimbursement but was denied because the vehicle was beyond warranty. Nlm

- Laurel Spr, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jun 011998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gears are not shifting properly, and there is a delay when trying to shift.

- Coal City, IL, USA

problem #32

May 061999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First day car was bought engine died, took to dealer, and they gave consumer another Contour. Currently, vehcile will shut off in middle of intersection. Dealer replaced transmission, and engine was acting up. Consumer states vehicle has been in 3 times for transmission problems, it jerks and vibrates, consumer does not think that dealer replaced transmission like they said. 1 time for engine problems. Consumer has been in 2 accidents due to sudden acceleration. Front sway bar replaced, steering would shimmy and rattle. Blower motor assembly replaced, due to rattling noise in air conditioner, also cycling switch replaced due to air conditioner not cooling. Left front seat belt buckle assembly replaced, belt would not buckle. Starter failed and was replaced. Engine light illuminated, dealer found loose connection at act. Rear struts replaced, noisy.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #31

Sep 241998

Contour

  • miles

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

After noticing a whining sound at approximately 30 mph in second gear and an increase in vibration when the air conditioner was on, the transmission was rebuilt on 10/10/98, on 8/3/2000 the transmission was replaced because of sudden and violent slipping, on 8/28/00 check engine light came on because oxygen sensor had been disconnected while transmission was replaced, sensor reconnected/replaced.

- West Senec, NY, USA

problem #30

Mar 022001

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When shift lever is placed in reverse vehicle hesitates before engaging into gear itself. Dealer has not been contacted.

- Wadesboro, NC, USA

problem #29

Jul 101999

Contour

  • miles
Automatic transmission shifts harshly on upshifts. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #28

Jul 101999

Contour

  • miles

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

Automatic transmission shifts harshly on upshifts. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #27

Jul 101999

Contour

  • miles
Automatic transmission shifts harshly on upshifts. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #26

Jan 012000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission slips and jerks and can't be driven for long periods of time. Cost is 1,500 to fix it. I don't have the money to fix it. This is obviously a factory related problem. I am very displeased with Ford.

- Haw River, NC, USA

problem #25

Sep 072000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I mentioned to the dealership where I purchased my car that when I test drove it, it just seemed to jerk when it would shift. Ken schuck assured me that there was not anything wrong with the car. It did come with a wpc assoc. Limited warranty though if anything would happen it would be covered. Well, my car continued to automatically shift hard and I was allowed to take it to aamco in wmspt. Pa. this was a month ago. They looked at it and said there was nothing wrong with my car. I continued to drive it up until 4 weeks ago and on my way to work "the transmission went." I contacted ken and told him what happened and he said to call the warranty co. And take it to a dealership. Which I did and 4 weeks to this day, they still have it and it's still not repaired! that's at farfield Ford pa. 570-368-8121. So, between ken, wpc warranty and farfield, I'm not getting my car fixed. Please help me. I know there is recall work that needs done also. Please help me.

- Watsontown, PA, USA

problem #24

Sep 172000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

I am very displeased with the Ford Contour. About 2 month after I purchased my car I had to have the brake pads replaced, then replaced again after that. I've had several recalls on the car, not to mention all the other headaches I've dealt with. I'm really considering not to ever buy another Ford car, this has been the worst car I've ever owned

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 212000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
I was in transit to replace my braking system for the second time in 6 months when my transmission failed. My 'check engine' light stays on and the car now stalls when in a stopped position at a traffic light. These issues, amongst a list of other major failures has occurred in the last 2.5 years of ownership of this lemon ( complete A/C system has been replaced, complete fuel system has been replaced, window motor has been replaced, etc.). neither the Ford manufacturer or dealerships have responded, agreed or offered any investigation, correction, compensation or assistance in response to these previously written and verbal matters, and legal action will commence. The issues listed in this table are only the recent (last 3 months), and do not include the montage of problems in the last 2 years, some of which are mentioned in the comments section.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #22

Aug 112000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light stayed on the dashboard constantly. Vehicle will not move beyond 30 mph in first gear. Then when vehicle is in second gear it goes up to 70mph.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #21

Aug 012000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle jumped into reverse inadvertendly while in park, resulting in a collision. Manfuacturer and dealer have been notified.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #20

Apr 052000

Contour

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When trying to shift gear from first to second, consumer is unable to shift. Has to Focus on the pawl, make sure of the right gear, then Focus on the road. Transmission hangs up going into second gear.

- Convoi, OH, USA

problem #19

Sep 011998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Console transmission cover failed.

- West Covin, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 152000

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving during rain heavy water gets under the transmission, causing it to jerk and shift hard. Also, leaking transmission fluid and a burning smell coming through the heater vents. Contacted dealer and manufacturer.

- Mammoth Springs, AR, USA

problem #17

Sep 011999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to drop in the gears which may cause a rear end collision. Dealer cannot determine the cause of the problem.

- Cabot, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 061999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed, rolled when in park position. Mjs

- Unk, UN, USA

problem #15

Nov 081999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Complete failure of transmission. I applied for the PO7 program for loyal customers and was denied. I have $500,000 in Ford products in service and have been purchasing Ford products since 1970 for our second generation family business. What is a loyal customer to Ford Motor Company?

- Howell, IA, USA

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