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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 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.

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1998 Ford Contour transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 082004

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


1998 Ford Contour 4 door sedan bought 10/15/99; since then many incidents of car cutting off suddenly - sometimes only once in months, sometimes several times in one day; many close calls; nearly rear-ended, etc. Frightening to be powerless in traffic. Many repairs tried, computer analysis, electrical check ups only help is to replace idle air control - computer chip with which can go nearly a year without random shut off. Many Contour owners have same problem, which is potentially fatal. Have had 4 shut downs in traffic in last 2 weeks and have another iac - but Ford needs to find permanent solution to deadly error.

- Culpeper, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001


  • miles
During normal operation of vehicle traction control light on instrument panel illuminates and will not go off. Dealership has yet to examine vehicle for this problem. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- State College, PA, USA

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