Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Contour transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 222000

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer contacted the dealer in reference to four seperate NHTSA recall notices 99V243000/ 99V194000/ 99V103000 and 98V233000. Also, manufacturer's recalls 99S23/99S19/99S14 and 98S26. Dealer refused to correct the recall problems without the consumer correcting the problem with transmission.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 231999

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Manual gear shift on this vehicle sticks, when the clutch is applied to shift into first it, will not allow this command. Once it gets into first there is a problem getting it out. This also happens with the reverse gear. The problem does not always occur. Dealer has been contacted.

- Dudley, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 201998


  • miles
Consumer received recall notice, and contacted dealer/manufacturer in 11/98. Parts not in after 60 days. Owner cannot get remedy of problem. Provide further information.

- Seabrook, NH, USA

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