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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
59,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. purchased non-standard clips (1 reports)
1999 Ford Contour body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1999 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012006

(reported on)


  • 59,000 miles


The car has only 59000 miles on it. The top front doors are attached with the hinge pins stuck in from the bottom. The clips holding them in rust out for no reason... open the door and the door falls off (well, mostly off) . Buy new clips? NO WAY. You can't buy the 3 cent clips from the dealer--you can't even buy the pin with a clip. You have to buy and install an entire hinge assembly! Who would put the hinge pins in from the bottom so this problem is inevitable? This was after I had to get the dashboard glued back together (recalled because of glue failure.) 60000 miles now and the transmission is leaking and being rebuilt as I type.

- , Brookfield, IL, USA

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