definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,000 miles

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problem #2

Mar 052005

Contour 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Shift indicator does not move when car is shifted, driver has to count the clicks to be able to tell if they're in what drive they're in. Saw it in a recall, took it to the dealer and was told that my model isn't covered in the recall. After getting off the highway, car made load moaning noises, engine reved, rpms jumped around and car stalled in the middle of traffic. Started up right after. Did not take to get looked at. If the temperature outside is under 40 degrees, the car will moan loudly, the engine will rev, the steering will go out, and then the car stalls, happens mostly when breaking. Sometimes instead of stalling, the car will lurch forward. Almost caused atleast 3 accidents. Took to a repair shop, they couldn't find anything wrong. When first purchased the car, the engine light would come on all the time. Took it for repair, they said it was a sensor. Had to get the sensor replaced 6 times before the problem stopped, at conumers expense.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 122004

(reported on)


  • 48,000 miles
Pop up cup holders are very flimsy. The cup holders may cause beverage to tip over while driving. This results in driver's attention momentarily taken away from the road, which could result in an accident. Consumer feels the cup holders should be more stationary.

- Snellville, GA, USA