hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,667 miles

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1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012005

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Cosco model # 02-531bnp, the grandmother noticed that while removing the child seat the owner has to keep pushing the button to release the fasteners. The owner was concerned that it took a couple of minutes to release the child out of car seat in case of an accident. The owner will contact cosco.

- Sorento, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 312005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner and heater do not work. Consumer took vehicle to dealer for service, and it was determined that blower motor malfunctioned.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 022004

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles
There were no traumatic events such as crashes or injuries. My complaint is about an equipment failure due to a defect of which Ford was aware. The front coil springs of my 1998 Ford Contour broke early in July 2004. The car had 164000 miles on it. Although they did not issue a recall, Ford did issue an extended warranty on the front coil springs for 10 years, 150,000 miles. (this is documented in NHTSA campaign id number : 01I013000) this was issued on August 3, 2001. That is also the date for a recall for the installation of spring catcher brackets in case the springs broke. (NHTSA campaign id number : 01V255000) I had my vehicle in for the recall on 3/29/2002. I called the toll-free number provided by Ford about this problem (1-866-436-7332) and also heard on a recorded message at that number that another make of Ford car (Taurus) is currently under a repair program for the same problem: Corosion of the front coil springs. This recall program is for 1999-2001 taurs and Sable started, according to the recording, in the first week of August 2004. This Taurus-Sable program offers free replacement of the coil spring for Taurus and Sable models for 10 years/150,000 miles or until July 31, 2005 if the vehicle is over the mileage requirement in the extended warranty. Also during the recording at the toll free phone number, there is notification of a safety spring shield recall that will go into effect December 2004. I believe it is basically the same safety recall program offered for the same problem on my Ford Contour in 2001. It is my contention that the reason the Taurus/Sable was given a free repair offer until July 31 2005 regardless of mileage is because the Taurus is one of Ford's banner models. I believe that the offer of free repairs until July 31, 2005 was not made for the Contour because the Contour is a model that was discontinued some time ago. There are relatively few Contour compared to the Ford Taurus and Sable, which Ford still sells.

- Allentown, PA, USA

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