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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 #4

Dec 172001


  • miles


The brake/shift interlock works intermittently. Seems to stop working when it rains. Won't let the car be taken out of park. Could leave someone stranded.

- Orchard Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 152000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Safety feature on vehicle can be shifted (floor) without pressing brakes or accelerator pedal. Even if vehicle was not started or started can shift into gear. Took vehicle to dealer & was informed by mechanic that solenoid had broken, but not under warranty of safety related issues.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 301999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission interlock system became inoperative. Anyone can move the automatic transmission without depressing the brake pedal, which may cause a vehicle to roll away.

- Sycracuse, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The interlock system malfunctioned. While driving the vehicle interlock system malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to stall and could potentially cause an accident.

- Austin, TX, USA

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