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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
139,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (2 reports)
  2. junk the car (1 reports)
1998 Ford Contour transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 142014

Contour SE 2.0L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles


Bought the car for a friend for $900. Slipped out of gear in third, ignored it and blamed a gear lever problem. Since then it has slipped, slammed and lost nearly all forward movement within two weeks of buying the car. Was advised by mechanic to change transmission fluid. Had the procedure done with Mercon V and the problem just got worse. By the third week of owning the car I had lost virtually all forward movement, but reverse.

And can you believe Ford used these awful automatic transmissions up until 2008 in their vehicles? SHAME ON YOU FORD.

- , Tigard, OR, USA

problem #2

Apr 282013

Contour 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

At about 50 mph the vehicle made several bambs and would barely go. Then I tried it later and it did it in 2nd also. The car is not worth repairing.

- , Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #1

Feb 012011

Contour SE 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

Transmission needed to be replace at 87000 and needs to be replaced again. It cost over $2,000 to have it done at 87,000 miles but I am not going to spend another $2,000 to do it again 30,000 later!

- , Columbus, OH, USA

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