really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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problem #4

Oct 242001


  • miles
When the light switch is turned to park lights, none of the park lights work--front or back, left or right. Additionally, the dash lights do not work. When the light switch is turned to head lights, only the headlights and bright lights work--there are not tail lights or dash lights. All other lights work, such as the brake lights and turn signals. This occured during the thanksgiving holiday at night while driving through Kansas City. We could not see our speedometer, and cars approaching from the rear could not see us until they approached and their lights shown on our car--very dangerous.

- Koshkonong, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 182001


  • miles
The right and left tail lights and instrument panel lights failed. The terminals on the headlight switch show signs of heat damage. This is the same symptoms as NHTSA campaign id # 99V103000 (mfg campaign # 99S14) applicable to certain 1995-1998 Ford Contour vehicles. This recall does not apply to my Ford Contour (VIN # [xxx]) according to two Ford dealers. The symptoms of this recall exactly describe the current symptoms of my Ford Contour and it is questionable as to why this recall is not currently applicable to my VIN #. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ridley Park, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 231999


  • miles
While driving tail lights/odometer lights, and parking lights went out. Consumer took vehicleto dealer, and they replaced a switch. Consumer did not know which switch, on Nov 1, 2000 same problem occurred. Took vehicle to another dealer, and they replaced headlight switch, and a F5rz14A411, head lamp switch.

- Willington, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 281999


  • miles
All the all the lights are working intermittently. Also, when using the A/C unit consumer has to put the A/C on high in order to use the system.

- St Louis, MO, USA