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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
70,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. make steel rims not composite rims (1 reports)
  2. recall composite rims - safety hazard!!! (1 reports)
1998 Ford Contour wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 282006

(reported on)

Contour GL 2.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


I've had three very dangerous front-end blowouts in two years, and just found out it was due to cracked steel rims. The second blowout took out my front left fender, mirror, bumper and headlamp. Fortunately, I'm a good driver and was able to prevent a complete tragedy, but who knows how many other people have had accidents from this problem and didn't report it here? How do I get these faulty rims recalled and replaced?

- , Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 052004

(reported on)

Contour SE

  • 50,000 miles

Inside rims are shattering on all four tires. Safty is an issue here, the car could have colapsed and gone out of controll. Ruining the car and posibly injuring other people. The machanics say they haven't seen anything like it.

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

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