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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 4 of 4)

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problem #14

Jan 261999

Contour

  • miles

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

Whenever shifting into reverse, it would make popping noise. Would have loud rattling noise underneath vehicle. The air bag light keeps flashing on/off while driving. The overdrive switch do not work properly when in use. The light for ABS brakes comes on & stays when vehicle is in use. The rubber trimming around the windows had came off. The dimmer & the dome light would cut off & then on. Taking vehicle to dealer.

- Lake Park, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 011999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Reporting problem with vehicle transmssion; whenever shift indicator is engaged in any other gear, consumer can hear a crunching /clicking sound. Dealer notified. Can NHTSA provide information on this matter on normal wear at this milages at 51,000.

- Louiseville, KY, USA

problem #12

Sep 281999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 60 mph withou prior warning transmission blew out and the consumer was able to coast to the side of the road.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 311999

Contour

  • miles

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

The car hesitates and jumps in and out at high speeds. When the overdrive is off the car doesn't do it. I've had it to autonation three times and they say there's nothing wrong with the car. Thank you peter stoa

- Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 011997

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed on three occasions.

- Granada Hi, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 051999

Contour 6-cyl

  • miles
This is the second cd4E transmission we have had that failed at approximately the same mileage. The first was a 1995 Mazda 626, serial# 11yvge22C6S5374843. In both cases the transmission had a complete failure due to an inadequate supply of transmission oil caused by the computer system's failure to maintain an adequate supply of transmission oil to the system. Bothe Ford and Mazda were contacted by phone about the problems and both companies stated that they stand by their warranty and would not provide any assistance with repairs, due to the fact that the car's warranty had expired and we did not purchase any extended warranty. If just seems odd that two cars with the same transmission should, with approximately the same mileage, suddenly require a new transmission. I admit that I put more than the average miles on a car in a given year, however the miles are mainly highway/interstate miles at a cruising speed, generally with the cruise control on, a manner of driving that does not cause the transmission to have to shift as in stop and go traffic. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ruther Glen, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 101999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

There was no notification of recall concerning transmission failure.

- Lafaie, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 091999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was at a complete stop, took off going to make a left hand turn, and transmission went out. Coasted vehicle to the side.consumer contacted dealer and manufacturer.

- Comstock Park, MI, USA

problem #6

May 011998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently while parked and the ignition off the vehicle will slip out of gear without any warning. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 121999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 10,000 miles the transmission has totally malfunctioned cause unknown.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Aug 011998

Contour

  • miles

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

While driving at 65 mph the vehicle died out without any prior warning. Also, there is some noise coming from the transmission, and the vehicle has been in the shop over and over and the tranmission has been replaced twice. But dealer can't determine the problem.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 081998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Owner took vehicle to dealer after receiving recall notice #98V233000. Dealer had checked vehicle & could not shift lever. Informed owner parts not available. Would need to order parts.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Nov 091998

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
The consumer has been experiencing problems with automatic transmission. Vehicle jumps into gear on its own. In addition, the engine is very loud. The manufacturer has been contacted.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 281998

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle shudders when shifting from drive to neutral gear.

- Urbana, IL, USA

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