really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #7

Feb 152001

(reported on)


  • miles
Was driving vehicle at approximately 40mph when it suddenly stalled out without any warning.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #6

Jan 142001


  • miles
I got this car in April 96. I have had it in the shop several times because the car just completely loses power without any warning at all. It locks up the steering and brakes. It happens at all speeds and in varying temperatures. They have never been able to find the problem. The most recent episode was Jan 14, 2001. Sometimes I have to tow the car, other times it will start back up. This last time it started back up after about 5 minutes. Fortunately, other drivers have been paying attention, and I haven't been killed. This car has also experienced: Check engine light always on...dealer cannot find problem, but charges $110 to diagnose it each time!....the accelerator pedal cable broke in 2000. Again, fortunately, I was in my neighborhood and no cars nailed me. The paint on this car is beginning to peel/crack even though it is garage kept. I have had to put 3 sets of brakes on this car...have also had the dash and tail lights go out (which they did fix) also the ac knob broke (which they fixed) I have taken it in for all known recalls. Ford has never responded to my concerns about the complete power loss I keep experiencing and the dealer just suggests totally useless repairs that cost alot and do not solve the problem.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 012000


  • miles
My Ford Contour has been stalling out and dying on me while moving along in traffic, at stop signs, and while stopped at traffic lights. The loud fog horn sound usually begins when I am slowing down to stop or while I am stopped, but it has begun even when I am at full drive speed of approx. 35 miles per hour. The stalling out and dying seems to happen more often when the temperatures outside are very cold. The car also tends to rev itself (up to 1500 rpms) when I'm stopped at a stop sign, etc. After I had the maf sensor replaced the first time, back in Jan. 2000, the car continued to rev itself and tried to stall out. I took the car back to the auto service ctr. And was told they needed to reprogram the computer and that would take care of the problems. While the car did not rev itself at stop or idle, as much as before, it did still continue to rev at a full stop. The vehicle has also been roaring like a fog horn and completly stalled out and died on me when I was stopped at stop signs, traffic lights, in parking garages in long lines of traffic, and while I was driving at slow speeds. I recently took the veh. Back to the service ctr. And was told it was again the maf sensor and that a replacement would indeed fix the problems. The car is still roaring and stalling/dying on me when I'm out in traffic. This is very dangerous and I certainly consider it a safety hazard. I finally went to the NHTSA website after the 2nd maf sensor (01/01) did not correct the problems. Service bulletins on the NHTSA indicate the same problems (stalling/dying out) are happening in other Contour. Now, the Ford service ctr. Is telling me that I need a duct and resonator assemby (part # F-6rz-9B659-ca) to correct the noise and stalling out problems that I was told the maf sensor would correct. Evidently, the entire air intake system has a real problem in this Contour. Please review and do a recall.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Dec 142000


  • miles
Whenever starting vehicle or even driving electrical system would start acting up. Windshield wipers would go on by themselves, have not been turned on. Lights, interior & exterior, would go out. Ignition will not start vehicle sometimes.also, would hear a clicking noise. Did not have a battery problems. Heater blower failed to work. No recalls on vehicle for electrical problems.

- Spencer, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 191999


  • miles
Ignition wire under cowl severed by windshield wiper components that caused engine shutdown, loss of power assist to brakes and steering, battery discharge and blown fuses.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 301996


  • miles
Consumer was driving and car stalls, dealer can't find the problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Apr 161996

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving, vehicle's engine shuts off.

- Dorchester, MA, USA