pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. new fuel assembly (2 reports)
1999 Ford Contour fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1999 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 132006

(reported on)

Contour SE

  • 71,000 miles


since buying this car, have had nothing but problems; one thing after another; feel like letting it run off a cliff. Has been such a real problem, that my work is about to fire me because I have to call off, because I can't make it to work and they don't believe me; that's not right, I want something done to fix it!!! what a pain in the butt!

- Brenda S., Petersburg, VA, US

problem #4

Oct 292007

(reported on)

Contour SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

Just wondering how to fix this thing and why Ford would sell something that obviously is a terrible part. Is it any wonder that everyone wants to buy vehicles make outside of the USA?

- Craig Z., McAlisterville, PA, US

problem #3

Nov 072006

(reported on)

Contour SE 2.0 V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Got the car from my Dad, he was having a problem with it where the car would stall and not start again until there was more than 1/4 of gas in it. It would sputter and surge if the tank was half or below. This was a problem he had been dealing with for almost two years, and being a college student driving back and forth 40 minutes each day, I couldn't exactly afford to keep it above a half tank.

After attempting to replace the fuel pump myself (THANK YOU Ford for making parts impossible to find for certain manufactor dates!!), I ended up taking it to a trusted mechanic. After being there for two weeks, he had no idea what the hell the problem was, other than the "correct" pump I put in was only putting out about 30% of what it should be.

Took it to the dealer, WORST MISTAKE. It sat there for three days, and all they did was reprogram the computer and break the damn fuel gauge sender. Now, I have no idea how much fuel was in there (always read either just below 1/4 or just above 3/4) and it would randomly sputter or stall out of nowhere. Took it back, they told me they reprogrammed the computer again (basically their way of saying "go away"). Not a damn thing solved, AND now the light under the dash on the passenger side won't work (still not fixed) and the resistor pack for the blower motor went. They tried blaming it on me, as well as the gauge sender not working even though those were both working just fine when I brought it in.

After two weeks of dicking around, they replaced the computer for a whopping $698.00. I picked it up, filled the tank, set the trip odometer to 0 (had to do it since I had no fuel gauge now), and went to get on the highway. As soon as I rounded the corner to get on the ramp, spuddered, spuddered, and stalled. I don't remember the last time I was so angry. Finally got it started and my foot was to the floor for most of the trip back to the dealership. I'm surprised I didn't get into an accident, or a ticket for that matter. After yelling at the manager for 10 minutes, they agreed to "take another look at it," which just pissed me off even more. They called me the next day saying that the FUEL PUMP ASSEMBLY needed to be replaced, which would cost somewhere around $400. FORTUNATELY, they replaced it for free as well as the resistor pack. Still doesn't change the fact that almost $700 was dropped in this piece of trash for a problem that was wrongfully diagnosed.

The fuel assembly did the trick. I can run the tank all the way down till the fuel light comes on without any problems. There is still a surging problem between 40 and 60 MPH.

The only other thing I have to say is that the Haynes manual I bought for the car.... is maybe 10% accurate for my '99 SE. Everything else seems to reference the earlier models. At least the procedure they put in there for replacing the fuel pump is completely different than what I actually had to do.

- Chris R., Somewhere, NY, US

problem #2

Apr 232006

(reported on)

Contour LE

  • 90,000 miles

Stalls and won't start right away. Don't buy this vehicle. Ford couldn't make a cheaper car that year. Really Sucks! When sitting inside the car it is very aparent of just how cheaply made it is.

- frhe, Bushnell, FL, US

problem #1

May 262004

(reported on)

Contour ES

  • 100,000 miles

I could be driving fine then the car will suddenly start to stall until it shuts off. I notice it does that during the warmer weather season. Also when the gas level is lower than half. I spent a lot of money so far and the problem is still there. I am so frustrated that I feel like donating the freaking car..

One thing for sure though, NO MORE FORD!

- carcrazy, Monsey, NY, US

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