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9.3

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,500 miles

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1998 Ford Contour transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 012003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

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

Constant problems with the vehicle. Alternator, fuel tank, gear shift indicator, computer sensor's (variable cam timing over retarded), automatic shift labored and fails, cooling fan motor, etc. This vehicle is in some form of repair shop on a regular basis. Have I driven a Ford lately? yes, and sorry I chose to do so.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #11

Aug 042003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I went to the Ford dealership here in Louisiana and showed them the papers that was sent to me concerning recalls for my year & make of car. I told them that some of the recalls on those papers was happening to my car and why haven't they been repaired when I brought my car in and they stated to me that if the VIN # for my car didn't come up as a recall and as long as the problem didn't exist then they could not repair it. And I stated that even though my VIN didn't come up and even though my car is having some these recalls problems yall are not going to repair them because my VIN # didn't come up and the problem is not existing right now all are not going to repair or fix these recalls, and I was told yes. Well, some of these recalls are existing on my car and I can't get the Ford place to repair or fix them why is that? I think that's very unfair to the customer.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #10

Jul 101999

Contour

  • miles
Gear selector lever replaced. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 101999

Contour

  • miles

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

Gear selector lever replaced. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 101999

Contour

  • miles
Gear selector lever replaced. Nlm

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unable to have recall done due to lack of parts. (98V-233)

- Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Shift light indicator failed prior to notice, not able to be repaired due to lack of parts.

- Rancho Cuc, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 101998

Contour

  • miles
Consumer received mfr. Recall notice #98 S 26 / Ford: Shift level damage which the gear position indicator can deteriorate and not correctly indicate the actual gear position.

- Greenville, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 011998

Contour

  • miles
The consumer has received a recall letter for shift lever damage. Since the consumer received the letter, the parts have been unavailable. The manufacturer has yet to be contacted.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 041998

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer received recall letter. Contacted the dealer, no parts available to remedy the problem. Recall number 98V233000.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #2

Nov 271998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer received a recall letter for automatic transmission shift lever indicator, recall number 98S26. After a delay in obtaining parts, the recall repairs were performed, no problem since.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 011998

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer received recall notice #98V233000 for the shift lever, but the dealer doesn't have the parts to fix the vehicle.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

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