8.6

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,239 miles

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problem #28

Dec 152002

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
This car has less than 70000 miles on it. We had trouble with the fuel door, front wheel bearings, brakes, door handles, transmission, electric windows, and now as a special treat the engine failed. This car has been the worst investment that my wife and I have ever made. I have have owned several cars and trucks with 200000 plus miles on them and none of them have ever been as problematic as this automobile.

- Hill City, SD, USA

problem #27

Jun 272003

(reported on)

Contour

  • 41,692 miles
After the recall for the heat blower 010I 009 000 was completed. The defect re-occurred eight times.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #26

Jul 102002

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light has come on. Vehicle has not been examined by dealer.

- Quincy, IN, USA

problem #25

Jan 012002

Contour

  • miles
Check engine light stays on, replaced O2 sensor with light returning on.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #24

Mar 122002

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Engine check light and battery light illuminates.took vehicle to dealer, and had electrical problem; repaired but problem still exists.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #23

Dec 152001

Contour

  • miles
Stalls out if you take your foot off the gas, surges between 1-4 rmps, engine light is on, all started after I had the heater blower switch replaced.

- Port Huron, MI, USA

problem #22

Jan 012000

Contour

  • miles
When fillling gas tank up gasoline come out underneath vehicle. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #21

Sep 052001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Problems with the engine light coming on and the servicing dept at the Ford dealer and other auto servicing center could not figure out why to this day it is on. At one time the entire interior lights and rear brakes lights went out. It currently shut its self off ( stalls) and get hot. The engine sounds revved up and shortly after the ac unit went out.everything has been checked out/ the alternator was replaced the crankshaft was replaced some wiring had to be replaced all the fluids are where they should be and it still stalls and overheats for no reason. Both front windows electrical motors have gone out.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #20

Feb 012001

Contour

  • miles
Asked dealership to perform recall 00V-367000 and they said Ford has no such recall.

- Big Bear City, CA, USA

problem #19

Jun 082001

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 70 mph, odometer gauge dropped to 10 mph. Engine light and odometer light came on. Consumer states that vehicle was towed to mechanic. Mechanic stated it was the speed sensor.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #18

Jan 242001

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Without warning engine check light came on causing vehicle to start to knock and make alot of noise. Prior to this incident, vehicle was taken to dealer to be checked for excessive use of oil.

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #17

Oct 232000

Contour

  • miles
Engine check light keeps coming on every month for the last 6 months, had it on computer every time, no codes found. Car running with no power. Car is missing.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #16

Jun 231999

Contour

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving one day and overdrive light comes on and cars starts to shift real hard no exact speed matters all the time and engine check light is on all the time.

- Lone Grove, OK, USA

problem #15

Jun 182000

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Paint on the vehicle looks as if there are spidar webs everywhere in the paint - clearcoat. It is getting worse and has spread all over the car. No safety defect.

- Perrysville, OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 111999

Contour

  • miles
Consumer has defective parts, such as. Headlight switch is ticking noise inside of the vehicle, and all dashboard lights are out.

- Yeadon, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 182000

Contour

  • miles
Consumer took car in for 4th recall repairs. This one was for the engine wires. Dealer fixed problem. Consumer picked up car, and on that same evening engine check light came on. Took in vehicle for service, and speedometer stopped working. Couldn't tell how fast car was going. Also overdrive light started to blink on/off.

- Woodbridge, IL, USA

problem #12

Jan 061998

Contour

  • miles
No summary provided by consumer

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #11

Dec 211999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Unknown if wiring recall is a problem in my car, will dealership check that for free? no safety defect (s) listed.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #10

Oct 261999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
Recall repair (99V-103) completed, however harness connector assembly replaced and not the switch, panel lights feel hot to the touch and illumination is dim after repair work completed. Mjs

- Florence, OR, USA

problem #9

Oct 111999

(reported on)

Contour

  • miles
We would like to find out any information on hidden warranties and hidden insurance.

- Randolph, MA, USA

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