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5.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,769 miles

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1998 Ford Contour transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #12

May 052006

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

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

T he contact owns a 1998 Ford Contour SE. The floor shift automatic transmission control was damaged after it was subjected to certain interior cleaning products. The gear position indicator deteriorated, and did not correctly indicate the actual gear position. While driving 50 mph in 2nd gear the vehicle shifted out of gear. The contact's vehicle had the same failure as listed in recall# 98V233000. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 103,000, and the current mileage was 106,000. Left message 10/16/07.

- Conogo Park, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 242006

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,224 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds, the transmission slipped out of gear. The vehicle has not been seen by a mechanic, but the dealership and manufacturer were alerted. There was a NHTSA recall, # 98V233000, regarding the automatic transmission floor shift; however, it was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Coushatta, LA, USA

problem #10

Mar 252006

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled several times immediately after being started and the check engine light illuminated constantly. Therefore the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the battery, on-board computer, and alternator were replaced. A rebuilt transmission was also installed. After the work was performed, the problems continued. There is a NHTSA recall campaign # 98V233000, regarding the power train: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Floor shift related to the make and model of the vehicle, however the vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The water pump and thermostat was replaced. Updated 05/03/06.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

May 012000

Contour

  • miles
Consumer received recall notification 98V233000. Previous dealership informed consumer parts were not available, and would be contacted when service could be performed. Since that time, dealership closed its operation; marksville Ford, marksvill Louisiana. Current dealership indicated computer showed service was performed for this recall. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Angola, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 222001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles

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

The vehicle is subject to 5 recalls (98S26, 99S14, 99S19, 99S23 and 00S03), the consumer is not happy with Ford unwillingness to cover the expense of a rental car while the vehicle is being repaired. Nlm

- De Bary, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 222000

(reported on)

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was repaired under recall for gear shift indicator. After repairs of vehicle, it would not go into gear. Dealer has attempted to repair vehicle three times since first repaired, and problem has not been corrected. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Crossville, AL, USA

problem #4

Nov 231998

Contour

  • miles
Vehicle can not receive recall repair (98V-233), parts are not available, vehicle accelerates when the consumer releases foot off the gas pedal at this time, possible malfunction of recall component being experienced at this time.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 152000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Consumer is very unhappy with the number of recalls (6) that have been issued on the vehicle and feels the vehicle is a lemon. Nlm

- Battle Gro, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 211998

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed the automatic transmission floor shift lever was damaged, and the vehicle lost power. Also, the paint on the vehicle has acid rain in it.

- Pelzer, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Automatic transaxle shift indicator recall but not repaired due to lack of part.(98V-233).

- San Dimas, CA, USA

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